Rebels Extend Lead At MWC Championships
Feb. 26, 2010
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The UNLV men won four events to extend its overall lead, while the Rebel women moved up two more spots after the third day of action on Friday night at the 2010 Mountain West Conference Swimming and Diving Championships held at the Oklahoma City Community College Aquatic Complex. The Rebels are one day away from winning a sixth-straight title on the men's side, while the UNLV women jumped two spots into fourth place.
UNLV won four events on the men's side to stay ahead of second-place BYU. The Rebels began the night though by placing two in the top eight of the 400 yard IM, with Tyler Bush posting a runner-up finish in a time of 3:57.92, while John Mendoza placed eighth in 4:05.24. The night's first win for UNLV came in the next event, the 100 fly, with the Rebels taking the top three spots. Freshman Cody Roberts won the event in a time of 46.66, a new conference record that beat the previous record set by teammate David Seiler in the 2009 championships. Seiler finished in a tie for second along with teammate Steven Nelms at 47.16.All three times were NCAA 'B' provisional times. Scoring in the consolation heat was Kyle Endres in 12th (50.18), Andrew Mooers in 13th (50.21) and Daniel Egly in 15th place (50.43).
Kyle Virva successfully defended his title in the 200 free, swimming a time of 1:36.57, and was followed by Kier Maitland in second place in 1:37.33. Both times met NCAA 'B' standards. Andrew Morrell followed with a third-place finish in the 100 breast in 54.22, a 'B' time as well, while Luke Knight placed 15th in 58.60. The next Rebel victory came in the 100 back, with Nick Blank swimming a time of 48.47, the third-fastest in school history. Roberts earned a third-place finish in 48.67, while Michael Lowenstein placed fourth in 48.76. All three swimmers were under 'B' times.
The night finished for UNLV with a victory in the 400 medley relay, the eighth straight year the Rebels have captured the event at the conference championships. Seiler, Morrell, Roberts and Virva teamed up to post a time of 3:13.12, four seconds faster than the next closest team and second-fastest in UNLV history. The time was another 'B' mark as well.
UNLV stands with 555 points after three full days of competition, with BYU coming in second at 491.5. In third is Air Force with 423.5, followed by Wyoming in fourth (389), TCU in fifth (318) and Utah in sixth (262).
On the women's side, Marley Prothero started things off with a third-place performance in the 400 IM in a time of 4:20.47, with Ana Dangalakova right behind her in fourth (4:23.89). UNLV would place two in the top eight of the 100 fly, as Carmen Robb swam a time of 56.11 to place fifth and Emma Gustafsson touched the wall in sixth in 56.22.
Again UNLV would score two in the finals heat of the next event, the 200 free, with Lisa Gillespie placing sixth in 1:49.69 and Brittany Ozar earning a seventh-place finish in 1:51.02. Also scoring in the event was Marva Harpak in 11th place (1:51.36), Lara Sreibers in 13th (1:51.98) and Friderika Szel in 14th (1:51.99). Kelsey Clarke was the lone Rebel in the 100 breast, and she recorded a seventh-place swim in a time of 1:04.02.
Anja Crawford represented UNLV in the 100 back, earning a 10th-place finish with a swim of 55.90. UNLV ended the night by placing sixth in the 400 medley relay as Crawford, Clarke, Robb and Gillespie posted a time of 3:47.43.
Leading the women's standings is BYU with 484 points. Wyoming is second with 448, while San Diego State stands in third at 400 and UNLV is in fourth with 275. Utah is fifth (258), and is followed by Colorado State in sixth (237), TCU in seventh (165), New Mexico in eighth (153) and Air Force rounds out the field in ninth (88).
The four-day meet concludes Saturday.