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Rebels Make Move At MWC Championships
Devin Phillips claimed runner-up honors in the 200 IM on Thursday at the MWC Championships.
Devin Phillips claimed runner-up honors in the 200 IM on Thursday at the MWC Championships.

Feb. 22, 2007

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The UNLV men's and women's swimming and diving teams each moved up in the standings as the second day of action concluded at the 2007 Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championships held at the Oklahoma City Community College. UNLV, two-time defending champions on the men's side, jumped two spots into second place, while the Rebel women moved up from fifth to fourth.

The highlight of the night for the Rebel men was the 50 free, as they recorded an impressive 2-3-4-5 finish. BYU's Brett Allen claimed the race in a MWC record 19.62, but was followed by four Rebels. Richard Hortness placed second in 20.15, and was followed by Brandon Nelms in third (20.22), John Byers in fourth (20.60), and Thomas Andolfsson in fifth (20.65). Eric Culberson also scored in the event, taking 10th in a time of 20.90.

The night's first event was the 500 free, where Johan Claar claimed third place in 4:26.78, with Erik Ringdahl finishing in ninth in a time of 4:31.13. The 200 IM saw UNLV claim another runner-up finish, as Devin Phillips swam a time of 1:49.72, the third fastest time in school history. Tamas Bosnyak won the consolation heat, finishing ninth in 1:51.52. On the 3-meter board, diver Eli Tanimoto scored 255.60 to place 11th, followed by teammates Vincent English in 14th (234.50) and Matt Arb in 15th (226.15).



BYU pulled off an upset over the Rebels' 200 free relay, as the Cougars just out-touched UNLV by .05 seconds. The Rebels' team of Hortness, Nelms, Andolfsson, and Byers finished in a time of 1:19.18, second fastest time in UNLV history.

BYU remains in first with 279 points, but UNLV is close behind in second with 251. Air Force is third (248), followed by Utah in fourth (200.5), Wyoming in fifth (199), and TCU in sixth place (167.5).

For the UNLV women, Lani Seaman and Marva Harpak both posted top-eight finishes in the 500 free, as Seaman was fifth (4:56.41), and Harpak placed eighth (5:06.55). Kari Nettenstrom also scored in the event, swimming 5:03.56 to place 11th. Kim Bonney was fourth in the 200 IM, touching in 2:04.11, while Bailey Kuestermeyer placed 12th in 2:07.03.

The Rebel women's best finish of the night was in the 50 free, where Marina Sandback earned runner-up honors in a time of 23.30, fourth-best ever at UNLV, with Katie Wronn taking fourth in 23.42, fifth-fastest ever. Three more Rebels scored in the consolation heat, as Lauren Browning and Amber Walker both tied for ninth (23.85), while Megan Hunt-Higgins was 13th (24.13).

The 200 free relay was just as tight on the women's side as well, as Utah beat the Rebels by just 0.23 seconds. UNLV earned runner-up honors with a school record time of 1:32.10, off a team of Marina Sandback, Amber Walker, Lauren Browning, and Katie Wronn.

The Cougars lead the women's standings easily with 327 points, while Utah is second at 236. Wyoming stands in third at 212, UNLV is fourth with 209, Colorado State is fifth (171), New Mexico is sixth (122), TCU is seventh (119), Air Force is eighth (78), and San Diego State is ninth (63).

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