A Perfect Ten
Jan. 24, 2007
LAS VEGAS -
WOMEN (3-4, 3-3 MWC) Preview: UNLV looks to get back on the winning side after splitting its last two MWC meets this past weekend. After defeating Air Force, the Rebel women fell to Wyoming in Laramie to even out their conference record. The women's team has been led all season by Bailey Kuestermeyer, who currently holds the top 200 breast, 200 and 400 IM times in the conference this season. Lani Seaman is swimming extremely well of late, while Marina Sandback and freshman Marva Harpak have been consitant all season. The events to watch for will be long distance free events, along with fly events, where CSU and UCSB each have strong swimmers.
Scouting The Gauchos: The Gaucho women enter today's meet on the heels of a 175-87 win over UC-Davis on Jan. 13. UCSB was in Las Vegas earlier this season for the UNLV Invite, where the women took the title of the Invite. The Gauchos are sparked by Jen Schwalb in the butterfly events and Kaitlin Freeman in the breast swims. Schwalb has the 37th best time in the country this season in the 100 fly (54.99), while Freeman holds the 47th best 100 breast time (1:03.71) nationally.
Scouting The Rams: Colorado State comes to UNLV with a 4-2 conference mark, most recently falling to BYU 195-105 last weekend. Jennifer Muniz is one to look for when watching the Ram women in the pool. Muniz has the fourth best 200 IM time in the conference this season, and her battle with Rebel's Bailey Kuestermeyer will be intriguing. Brett Winegarner paces the Ram backstrokers, while Tara Stanley shines in the 100 butterfly and the 500 free. Elyse Hall is the best diver for CSU, and she will be counted on to score well for the Rams this weekend.
#23 MEN (4-2/4-1 MWC) Preview: After falling for the first time all season to Air Force, the Rebels righted the ship in Wyoming last Saturday with a big come-from-behind win in Laramie. Brandon Nelms, Richard Hortness and Johan Claar have dominated free events this season for the Rebs, and this meet with UCSB will be a great test for UNLV. Interesting matchups this meet will be the fly events, along with the free relays. Another Rebel to watch out for will be Jonas Anderrson, who leads the MWC top times chart in both the 100 and 200 breast events.
Scouting The Gauchos: The Gauchos come back to Nevada for the second time this season, after taking the team title of the UNLV Winter Invite on Dec. 18. UCSB is riding high after an impressive 165-96 victory over UC-Davis last weekend. The freestyle group for the Gauchos is very impressive, spotlighted by nationally ranked Pat Cary and Matt Sullivan. Cary also boasts the third best time in the country this season in the 200 fly, while posting the sixth best 100 fly mark of the year. Another matchup to keep an eye on will be the free relays, where both UNLV and UCSB have top 20 times.
The UNLV women take on the Lobos of New Mexico next Saturday in the last dual meet of the season at 2 p.m.