Championship Time For Three Rebels
March 13, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - One member of the UNLV men's squad and two from the women's will be representing the Rebels at the 2012 NCAA Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. The women's championships, which runs this week Thursday-Saturday, is being held in Auburn, Ala., in the James E. Martin Aquatic Center. The men's championships meanwhile will be held in Seattle, Wash., on Thursday, Mar. 25-Saturday, March 27 in the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. The women's preliminaries start at 9 am (PST) each day, with the night finals beginning at 5 pm (PST), while the men's preliminaries start at 11 am each day and the night finals will begin at 7 pm.
Junior Cody Roberts, a two-time individual Honorable Mention All-American thanks to two top-16 finishes in the 100 fly, comes back for his third NCAA championships. This time he made the decision to save his taper for the NCAA meet instead of the conference championship, and is hoping that pays off with a NCAA title. He comes into the meet with the third fastest time in the nation this year at 46.06, just .04 behind the second-place qualifier. "I want to become the first Rebel to win a NCAA title, but my main goal is to score as many points as I can for UNLV," said Roberts, who will also compete in the 50 free
The two from the women's team are both making their first-ever NCAA appearances, and are very excited about this week's championship meet. "Making the NCAA's has been my goal before I even came to college, and now that I made it, it's the greatest feeling in the world," said sophomore Katelyne Herrington. "It shows me that all the blood, sweat, and tears I've shed are all worth it in the end. So going into NCAA I'm hoping to be an All-American and place top-8 in the 100 fly. Also I'm so excited I get to go with my best friend, teammate, and training partner Rachel Dixon and represent our Rebel Ladies!"
"Reaching the NCAA's has been my biggest goal in swimming so far in my career, and I couldn't be happier or more excited to represent myself, the UNLV women's swim team, or UNLV on a national level," said Dixon, a sophomore. "It's a huge honor to be able to go to the meet and compete with the top swimmers in the country, and I really can't wait to race and cheer and have a great time."
Herrington comes into the meet seeded 13th in the 100 fly (52.43). Dixon meanwhile will compete in the three events, highlighted by the 50 free, in which she has the 30th-fastest time in the field of 22.49. She will also swim in the 100 back and the 100 free.
Links to the live results for both championship meets will be available at www.UNLVRebels.com.