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Fall Invitational Wraps Up

Balint Batka was second in the 200 fly on Saturday night for UNLV.

Nov. 23, 2013

LAS VEGAS ( - The UNLV Fall Invitational concluded action on Saturday night and the UNLV swimming and diving team combined for six top-four finishes as well as a relay victory on the final day at Buchanan Natatorium. No. 1 Cal would win the women's meet with a score of 1,278 points, while fifth-ranked Stanford claimed the men's title with a 1,262 point final score. The 25th-ranked UNLV men were second (748), and the UNLV women placed fourth with 388.5 points.

The first event of the night was the final heats of the 1650 free. Oregon State's Samantha Harrison won the women's event, with a time of 16:19.81. On the men's side, Danny Thompson from Stanford posted a winning time of 15:08.21, while Matt Roe of UNLV was seventh in 15:45.48. The next event was the 200 back, won by Cal's Missy Franklin in 1:53.73, with Jessica Wong from UNLV placing 12th (2:01.57). Stanford's Dave Nolan claimed the men's event after touching the wall in 1:42.20. Rebel Henrique Machado placed eighth (1:52.32), while also scoring was Hannon Daigler in 11th (1:49.91) and Collin Baldacci in 12th (1:51.47).

Three Cal swimmers were at the top of the 100 free, led by Elizabeth Pelton in 48.71, while distance swimmer Jessica Heim was UNLV's top finisher, placing fourth in 50.04. Katelyne Herrington and Elena Gavrilova were also in the top eight for UNLV, taking fifth (50.37) and eighth (50.87), respectively. UNLV made up half of the men's top eight in the 100 free, with Samuel Lameynardie taking runner-up honors in 44.22, right behind Wyoming's Adam Kalms who won in 43.82.



The women's 200 breast was won by Marina Garcia Urzainqui with a first place time of 2:10.98, while the top Rebel was Kristina Hendrick, 12th in 2:23.82. Max Williamson from Stanford won the men's event in 1:58.97, and UNLV's Brandon Meier and Jake Priest went 3-4 in the event, with times of 1:59.98 and 2:00.44, respectively. In the final individual event, Celina Li (Cal) took first in the 200 fly with a time of 1:57.55. Scoring from UNLV was Janelle Nguyen in fifth (2:02.89), Kimberly Hendrick in ninth (2:04.25) and Chelsea Morris in 13th (2:06.55). Tom Kremer from Stanford narrowly held off Rebel Giacomo Gremizzi in the 200 fly, touching the wall in 1:45.40 to win by .27 seconds. Jackson Hawkins was 13th for UNLV in 1:56.01.

The final event was the 400 free relay, and the Cal team won the women's race with a time of 3:16.42. Heim, Gavrilova, Julia Fehervari and Herrington gave UNLV a fourth-place finish with a time of 3:26.99. The UNLV men won thanks to Guilherme Passos, Tom Paco-Pedroni, Dillon Virva and Lameynardie posting a time of 2:55.06.

The final team standings on the women's side saw Arizona State move into second place with 429.5 points, ahead of third place UCLA (394). Oregon State placed fifth (282), UC Santa Barbara sixth (241), BYU seventh (200), Northern Arizona eighth (155) and Colorado State ninth (85). In the men's competition, Wyoming was third (370), Arizona State fourth (356), UC Santa Barbara fifth (261) and BYU sixth (259).

This was the final competition of the calendar year for the Rebels, who will next be in action on Jan. 11, 2014 at UC Santa Barbara.

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