Three Rebels To Represent UNLV In Beijing
April 6, 2008
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV men's swimming team saw a total of two current swimmers and one alumni qualify over the past four days for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China, after the final day of competition ended at the Canadian Olympic Trials on Sunday in Montreal.
On Sunday, UNLV senior Richard Hortness won the 50 meter free at the Canadian Trials in a time of 22.48. and will be the only man in the event from Beijing. Due to his finish, he will also be on the 200 meter free relay. Earlier in the trials, Horntess had already earned a spot on the 400 meter free relay squad, thanks to placing fifth in the 100 free in 49.42.
On Saturday night, former Rebel, Joe Bartoch (2003-06) broke a six-year old Canadian record in the 100 meter fly, touching the wall in a time of 52.28. That time broke the previous record that was held by Mike Mintenko (1995-98), also a former UNLV swimmer, who competed in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
At the end of last week, UNLV found out that senior Jonas Andersson was added to the Sweden Olympic Team, and will swim both the 100 breast and the breast leg on the 400 meter medley relay for the Swedish team. Andersson competed at the European Championships in the middle of March in Eindhoven, Netherlands, where his time of 1:01.60 in the 100 meter breast set a new Sweden record.