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Rebels Win Four Events On Day Two

Feb. 22, 2018

HOUSTON, Texas ( -  UNLV won four of five events Thursday night to move up to second place at the 2018 WAC Men's Swimming and Diving championships, held this year at the University of Houston's CRWC Natatorium. The Rebels stand with 301 points, just seven points behind overall leader Wyoming (308), with two days left in the league championship meet.
* Freshman Brad Gonzales finished first in the 500 free with a swim of 4:19.44, breaking his school record that he set earlier Thursday in prelims. He also became the first UNLV swimmer to win a 500 free conference title since Kier Maitland won three straight in the Mountain West (2009-11). Freshman Grant Norgan trailed behind for second with a personal best and an overall fifth program best time of 4:22.26. 
* Senior Franois Van Wynsberge touched third in the 200 IM with a time of 1:48.07, followed by Dagen Kipling who finished fifth with a swim of 1:49.09, and Robert Gilchrist placed seventh after swimming a 1:49.41, .06 seconds behind sixth.
* Senior Dylan Tarazona finished first in the 50 free with a personal best and an overall seventh program best time of 19.65. Senior Forrest Beesley followed in sixth with a personal best of 19.93. This was the fifth straight year the Rebels have won the WAC 50 free title. 
* Senior Robert Morgan became the first Rebel to win a conference title on the 1-meter board in 31 years, as he moved up five spots from prelims this morning to place first with a 321.00, a personal best and a NCAA Zone qualifying score. Freshman Jesse Cawley scored a 272.05 and placed fifth.
* UNLV recorded a season best time in the 200 free relay which earned the team of Forrest Beesley, Or Sabatier, Mark Theall and Dylan Tarazona a first place tie with GCU with a time of 1:18.53. This is the fifth straight year UNLV has placed first in the WAC 200 free relay event.
"Our guys stepped up in a huge way today.  This was one of the more exceptional days of consistent high performance that I have been a part of as a coach. That started in prelims with a school record and a barrage of best times to load the "A" finals.  We carried that energy into the evening session, and the dominance that the guys brought out tonight was truly a team-wide effort."

"To win (or tie for the win) in four of five events today was a huge statement.  It's an indicator of where the team's motivation lies. We had a lot of statistically significant improvement from the top to the bottom of our roster, and that is why we were able to make some big point gains today.  But you have to have the big swims (and dives) too, and our Conference Champions did that today."

2018 WAC Men's Swimming & Diving Championships
CRWC Natatorium
Houston, Texass
Thursday, February 22
Second Day Results
Team Scoring
1. Wyoming - 308
2. UNLV - 301
3. Grand Canyon - 250
4. Air Force - 208 
5. CSU Bakersfield - 135
6. Seattle - 80
Top-Eight Finishes
500 Free - 1st place - Brad Gonzales (4:19.44), 2nd place - Grant Norgan (4:22.26)
200 IM - 3rd place - Francois Van Wynsberge (1:48.07), 5th place - Dagen Kipling (1:49.09), 7th place - 1:49.41 (Robert Gilchrist)
50 Free - 1st place - 19.65 (Dylan Tarazona), 6th place - 19.93 (Forrest Beesley)
1 Meter Diving- 1st place - 321.00 (Robert Morgan ~), 5th place - 272.05 (Jesse Cawley)
200 Free Relay - 1st place - 1:18.53 ( Forrest Beesley, Or Sabatier, Mark Theall, Dylan Tarazona
^ - NCAA 'A' Automatic Time
* - NCAA 'B' Provisional Time
~ - NCAA Diving Zone Qualifying Score



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