Another Split Decision
Oct. 31, 2009
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - For the second straight day the UNLV swimming and diving program split a Mountain West Conference dual meet, as the Rebel men (2-0, 2-0 MWC) topped Utah 170-124, while the Rebel women (0-2, 0-2 MWC) fell just short, losing 149.5-148.5 to the Utes on Saturday afternoon.
UNLV won 12 of 16 events on the men's side, and were paced by a pair of double-event winners, Kier Maitland (500 free-4:35.81 and 1000 free-9:37.86), and Andrew Morrell (100 breast-57.95, 200 breast-2:05.91). Single event winners on the day were Kyle Virva in the 200 free (1:42.17), Michael Lowenstein in the 100 back (51.68), Cody Roberts in the 100 fly (49.91), Daniel Egly in the 200 fly (1:54.78), Charlie Tapp in the 50 free (21.35) and Calan Eldridge in the 100 free (46.96). The Rebels swept both relays, with the 200 medley relay team of David Seiler, Morrell, Roberts and Thomas Andolfsson placing first in 1:32.46, while Virva, Seiler, Roberts and Steven Nelms placed first in the 400 free relay in 3:06.10.
The Rebel women held a six-point lead going into the final event, but the Utes would claim victory in the 400 free relay to escape with the one-point win. Freshman Brittany Ozer led the UNLV effort with a pair of victories, coming in the 100 back (59.29) and in the 500 free (5:08.06). Another freshman to win an event was Haley Porter in the 100 free (53.56). Also claiming wins was Marva Harpak in the 200 free (1:55.15), Anja Crawford in the 200 back (2:06.64) and Marley Prothero in the 200 breast (2:22.45).
UNLV will return to action on Friday, Nov. 6, with a tri-meet against Arizona and Wisconsin in Tucson, Ariz. starting at 2 pm.