Lucky Number Seven
Feb. 26, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (UNLVRebels.com) - Photo Gallery
The 16th-ranked UNLV men's won its seventh straight Mountain West Conference Swimming and Diving Championship meet title on Saturday with another dominating night of performances, while the Rebel women posted two new school records on the way to a fourth place finish. The four-day meet was held at the Oklahoma City Community College Aquatic Center.
UNLV, who entered the day with a 58.5 point lead on the men's side, finished with a total score of 770.5 points, ahead of second place BYU (672). Sophomore Cody Roberts, who won three invididual MWC titles, two in new conference record times, was named the MWC Swimmer of the Year, while head coach Jim Reitz was named the MWC Men's Coach of the Year.
Finishing in third was Wyoming with 594.5 points. TCU was fourth (497.5), Utah fifth (471), and Air Force sixth (413.5).
Senior Kier Maitland started things for the Rebel men by winning the 1650 free for the fourth time in his career, posting a time of 15:06.88. Classmate John Mendoza was third with a time of 15:24.73, and both swimmers met NCAA 'B' provisonal marks.
Roberts won his third event this week in the 100 free, as he was one of six Rebels to place in the top seven. Roberts finished with a 'B' time of 43.55, .21 seconds off the MWC record. UNLV went 1-2-3-4-6-7 in the event, with senior Calan Eldridge taking second (44.12), senior Kyle Virva third (44.17) and senior David Seiler fourth (44.40). The next two Rebels were junior Steven Nelms, sixth in 44.74, and junior Charlie Tapp, seventh in 44.77. Freshman Guilherme Passos would finish 15th with a time of 45.88.
The next win came in the 200 breast, with junior Andrew Morrell claiming the 200 breast title in a time of 1:56.19, a 'B' time. Freshman David Szele placed fifth (1:58.69) and freshman Brandon Meier finished 10th (2:02.05).
The final event was the 400 free relay, which UNLV won for the sixth time in the last seven years. Eldridge, Roberts, Virva and Seiler posted a time of 2:55.67, a 'B' standard.
On the women's side for UNLV, the night began with freshman Jessica Heim placing ninth in the 1650 free with a time of 16:53.86. Four Rebels then scored in the 200 back. Junior Anja Crawford led the way with a fourth-place swim of 1:59.79, while sophomore Brittany Ozar was sixth (2:00.03) and sophomore Krista Johnson was right behind her in seventh (2:00.11). Sophomore Dannica Brennan added an 11th-place finish (2:01.23).
UNLV had five swim in the consolation heat of the 100 free. Freshman Rachel Dixon swam a 'B' time of 50.15 to win the heat and take ninth, while junior Friderika Szel was 10th (50.73), freshman Orsolya Tompa 12th (50.89), senior Lisa Gillespie 13th (51.01) and freshman Katelyne Herrington finished in 14th (51.02).
Marley Prothero represented UNLV in the 200 breast, turning in a school record time of 2:13.50 to place fourth, and she also reached a 'B' standard. In the 200 fly, Alexandra Bejinariu was 11th with a time of 2:03.01. The Rebels closed out the night with a runner-up finish in the 400 free relay. Tompa, Dixon, Szel and Heim touched the wall in a school record time of 3:19.75, good for a 'B' time.
San Diego State won its first women's title with 646 points. BYU placed second (562), while Wyoming was third (524), UNLV was fourth (448), just five points ahead of Utah (443). TCU finished in sixth (381), Colorado State seventh (322), New Mexico eighth (247), and Air Force rounded out the field in ninth (141).