Rebel Men Take Over First
Feb. 23, 2007
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The UNLV men's swimming and diving teams won two events to take over first place with one day of action left, while the Rebel women jumped up one spot to third, as the third day of action concluded Friday night at the 2007 Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championships held at the Oklahoma City Community College.
UNLV, two-time defending men's champions, claimed the top spot on the team standings after recording a total of 11 top-eight finishes on the day, including two first place and two runner-up finishes. The Rebels had trailed BYU the entire meet thus far until the second to last event of the night, the 100 breast, where sophomore Jonas Andersson turned in a second place finish (55.25). UNLV then closed the night with its fifth-straight victory in the 400 medley relay. Devin Phillips, Andersson, John Byers, and Brandon Nelms teamed up to post a time of 3:15.80, fourth-fastest ever in school history.
The other championship victory of the night for UNLV came in the 200 free, where Richard Hortness swam the third-fastest time in UNLV history, 1:37.64, to become the first Rebel to claim the 200 free title since 2002. UNLV placed a total of three swimmers in the top five of the 200 free, as Johan Claar finished fourth in 1:39.03, while Erik Ringdahl placed fifth in 1:39.37.
The night began with the 400 IM, where Tamas Bosnyak claimed fourth in 3:58.61, while Jeff Ellingsen was 13th in 4:07.99. In the next event, Byers finished third in the 100 fly (48.82), and was followed by Adrian Law in a tie for fifth (49.47), Tiger Christian in ninth (48.88), Nelms in 11th (49.84), and Thomas Andolfsson in 15th (51.94). Eric Culberson posted a 10th place swim in the 100 breast (56.83), while Devin Phillips scored the other second-place finish of the night for UNLV, in the 100 back (49.38). Also scoring in the 100 back was Christian in fifth (50.05), Law in eighth (51.05), and Ellingsen in ninth (50.95).
After the relay victory, UNLV stood with 480.5 points, with BYU close behind in second at 469.5. Air Force is third (423), Wyoming stands in fourth (341), TCU is fifth (296.5), while Utah stands seventh (271.5).
On the women's side, Bailey Kuestermeyer started off things with a third place finish in the 400 IM (4:26.62), followed by Norah Vogan in 16th place (4:40.03). Marina Sandback and Amanda Weinbrecht finished third and sixth in the 100 fly, in times of 55.40 and 55.98 respectively. Jenna Neff also scored in the event, taking 1th in 57.28.
UNLV placed three in the consolation final of the 200 free, as Marva Harpak was 10th in 1:52.94, followed by Lani Seaman in 13th (1:53.58) and Kari Nettenstrom in 15th place (1:54.67). The next event was the 100 breast, where Kim Bonney swam a fourth-place time of 1:05.56, and Lauren Browning touched the wall in 1:07.29 to finish eighth. Diver Wendy Williams added points on the platform, scoring 183.80 to finish eighth.
The highest finish for the UNLV women came in the final two events, which saw Weinbrecht claim second in the 100 back in 55.90. Megan Hunt-Higgins also scored, finishing fifth in 57.85. UNLV finished by taking second place in the 400 medley relay. The team of Weinbrecht, Bonney, Sandback, and Katie Wronn finished in a time of 3:46.33.
The Cougars lead the women's standings easily with 542 points, while Utah is second at 439. UNLV is third at 376, and is followed by Wyoming in fourth (367), Colorado State in fifth (281), TCU in sixth (270), New Mexico in seventh (199), Air Force in eighth (129), while San Diego State is ninth (118).