Men's Swimming Finishes Third at WAC Championships.
March 7, 1998
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - On the final day of competition at the 1998 WAC Swimming and Diving Championships the Rebels battled to within 24.5 points of BYU but could not climb out of the third place spot. UNLV finished with 570 total points, trailing SMU with 728.5 and BYU with 594.5.
UNLV took second and third place in the 1650 free as Petr Kratochvil finished second with a time of 15:40.34 and Michael Rosen finished in third at 15:42.85. Michael Soria and Wayne Linner were also finalists in the event, clocking times of 15:45.73 (4th place) and 15:53.94 (7th place), respectively. Erik Scalise and Tomasz Piotrowski were both finalists in the 200 backstroke. Piotrowski finished fifth at 1:47.80 and Scalise finished sixth at 1:48.11. Mike Mintenko swam to a fifth place finish in the 100 freestyle with his time of 44.78. Ryan Lathrum (2:03.98) and Don Turk (2:03.98) finished in seventh and eighth in the 200 breaststroke, while freshman Andrew Livingston took second place in the 200 butterfly with his time of 1:46.75 in the final individual event of the day. Doug Wake took sixth (1:49.26) in the butterfly event.
Two UNLV athletes are locks for the NCAA Championships. Erik Scalise will participate in the 200 and 400 IM events. Andrew Livingston has qualified for the 200 butterfly and Petr Kratochvil is on the bubble for both IM events as well.