Rebel Men Take Over First, Women Third
Feb. 24, 2006
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The UNLV men won two events and took second place in three more events to take a commanding lead, while the Rebel women remain in third place after the third day of action at the 2006 Mountain West Conference Swimming & Championship, held at Oklahoma City Community College.
The Rebel men put themselves in great shape to win their second straight conference title after advancing 19 swimmers to Friday night's scoring heats, including 12 to the finals, more then double any other school. UNLV leads the six-team field with a score of 509, while BYU is 99 points behind in second place at 410. Air Force is third at 360, while Utah is fourth with 356. Wyoming is fifth at 349, with TCU standing in sixth place with 326.
Joe Bartoch claimed the first win of the night for UNLV, as he defended his 100 fly title with a new conference record time of 47.12, which is also an automatic NCAA qualifying time. The other win came in the night's final event, the 400 medley relay. Adam Martinson, Curtis Robinson, Bartoch, and Brandon Nelms teamed up to swim a time of 3:14.80, which was the second fastest time in school history and gave UNLV its fourth straight win in the event, and fifth in the seven-year history of the MWC. UNLV has now won all four relays of the meet so far, and are just one win away from becoming the first school to sweep all five relays at the conference championship.
In the first event of the night, Tamas Bosnyak took fourth place in the 400 IM in 3:58.12, followed by Kyle Tannehill in fifth at 3:59.45. Jeff Ellingsen then finished 11th in 4:08.19. Joining Bartoch in scoring in the 100 fly was Nelms, 3rd in 49.16, while Tiger Christian was seventh in 49.90, and Adrian Law was 12th in 50.20.
Richard Hortness led a 2-3 finish in the 200 free for UNLV, as he swam a time of 1:37.67, third fastest time in UNLV history, while Johan Claar took third in 1:39.05. John Byers finished 10th in 1:40.25, Magnus Egmar was 14th (1:41.16), and Matt Morton took 16th (1:43.20). In the 100 breast, Curtis Robinson took runner-up honors in 55.67, seventh-best mark at UNLV, while Jonas Andersson took fifth in 56.02. UNLV placed three in the top six of the 100 back, led by Martinson's second place finish in a time of 49.15, the third straight year he took runner-up in the event. Christian placed fifth in 50.37, and was followed by Devin Phillips in sixth place in 50.47. Law took 11th in 51.52, while Ellingsen was 13th in 51.78.
On the women's side, Ana Dangalakova became the second Rebel in three years to win the 400 IM title, as the freshman swam a time of 4:24.69, seventh-fastest ever at UNLV. The win helped UNLV stay in third place with a score of 386. BYU is just seven points ahead in second at 393, while Utah, looking for its first-ever title, holds onto first place at 458. TCU is fourth at 295, Wyoming is fifth with 294.5, Colorado State sixth (255.5), New Mexico seventh (205), Air Force eighth (134), and San Diego State ninth (127).
Also in the 400 IM, Bailey Kuestermeyer took third in 4:24.54, while Julie Babin was 10th in 4:31.56, and Jenna Neff finished 15th in 4:34.51. In the 100 fly, Marina Sandback led the Rebels with a third place finish in 55.62. Amanda Weinbrecht took 13th in 58.39, while Tiffany Vincent was 14th in 58.61. The 200 free saw Lauren Browning finish eighth in 1:53.17, and Kari Nettenstrom taking 14th in 1:53.85.
Kim Bonney swam 1:04.29 in the 100 breast to place fifth, and was followed by Norah Vogan in seventh in 1:05.73, and Bonney's swim was seventh-fastest ever at UNLV. In the final individual event, Weinbrecht led UNLV with a fourth-place time of 57.00 in the 100 back, fifth-fastest time in school history. Close behind in fifth was Jessie Bradshaw in 57.33, and Vincent was 14th (58.85). Weinbrecht, Bonney, Sandback, and Katie Wronn added a third-place finish for UNLV in the 400 medley relay in 3:46.15.
The four-day meet continues tomorrow, and will conclude on Saturday.