Virva, Relays Highlight Day One
Nov. 21, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - After the first day of action, its obvious the 2013 UNLV Fall Invitational will be one of the fastest swim meets this season, with several top times in the nation posted at Buchanan Natatorium, including two by the 25th-ranked UNLV men's squad. Top-ranked California leads the women's standings, thanks to a pair of individual swims from Missy Franklin, while No. 5 Stanford used its depth to take the men's lead with 420.
Though Stanford sits at the top of the scoreboard, the UNLV men had a very impressive day, highlighted by sophomore Dillon Virva, who turned in the three fastest 50 free times in the nation thus far. He began with a 19.46 in the morning prelims that was the top time, led off the 200 free relay at night with a 19.53, and then turned in a blistering 19.36 to win the 50 free at night, .35 ahead of runner-up Dave Nolan from Stanford.
UNLV's men have 226 points after day one to place second, while Wyoming is third (107), UC Santa Barbara fourth (104), Arizona State fifth (102) and BYU sixth (66). On the women's side, No. 17 UCLA is second (192), Arizona State third (158.5), UNLV fourth (127.5), UCSB fifth (102), Oregon State sixth (55), Northern Arizona seventh (52), Colorado State eighth (45) and BYU ninth (24).
The first event was the 200 free relay, and the Cal women turned in a 1:29.97, fastest time in the nation thus far, while the Rebel squad of Julia Fehervari, Elena Gavrilova, Katelyne Herrington and Rachel Dixon came in fourth with a 1:32.36. UNLV's men also recorded the nation's top time in the, winning the relay in a time of 1:19.06. Virva, Guilherme Passos, David Szele and Tom Paco-Pedroni made up that relay squad.
Cal won its second straight event in the women's 500 free, with a 4:42.87 from Elizabeth Pelton. Stanford's Drew Cosgarea won the men's event in 4:19.63, another top time in the nation, while UNLV's top finisher was Matt Roe, 12th in 4:33.67. Hannon Daigler also scored for the Rebels, taking 14th in 4:34.72.
Franklin won her first event in the 200 IM with a time of 1:58.24, while Tom Kremer from Stanford claimed the 200 IM win with a time of 1:46.27. UNLV's Giacomo Gremizzi was third with a time of 1:47.04, while his time of 1:46.97 ranks as the eighth fastest in the NCAA. Jake Priest won the consolation heat, placing ninth for UNLV in 1:48.90.
The final individual event of day one was the 50 free. Franklin won the women's event for Cal with a time of 22.55. UNLV placed three in the top eight of the event, with Rachel Dixon, the morning's top qualifier, tying for fifth in 23.20. Fehervari was seventh (23.46) and Herrington eighth (23.59). Gavrilova also scored, placing 154h in 23.63. In the men's event, besides Virva taking first, the Rebels also claimed third and fourth place, thanks to Passos (19.96) and Paco-Pedroni (20.09). Samuel Lameynardie placed 10th with a 20.65 time.
Thursday closed out with the 400 medley relay. Cal would post a first-place time of 3:35.02. The UNLV women's team of Jessica Wong, Natalie Sanchez, Herrington and Dixon placed seventh in 3:43.77. Stanford won the 400 medley relay in a NCAA best of 3:10.58, while UNLV's second place time of 3:12.21 ranks them second. Henrique Machado, David Szele, Virva and Lameynardie comprised of the final relay.
Day two begins on Friday at 9 am with the preliminaries, and finals beginning at 5 pm. Saturday's action is also at 9 am for the prelims, and 4 pm for the finals.