Aug. 13, 2004
LAS VEGAS -
The UNLV swimming and diving program is seeing two of its alumni participating in the 2004 Athens Olympics, as both Andrew Livingston and Mike Mintenko will be competing for their respective countries.
Livingston, one of only two Rebel men's swimmers to earn three individual All-American honors (1998, 1999, 2001), finished his eligibility after the 2001 season but has remained in Las Vegas and trained with the Rebels the past year in preperation for the 2004 Olympics, where he will swim for Puerto Rico. He swam in the 2000 games in Syndey, where he placed 13th in the 200 fly. Livingston will also serve as a volunteer assistant coach this season for the Rebels while completing his degree in hotel management at UNLV.
Mintenko, who swam for the Rebels from 1995-1998, didn't truly hit the international scene in swimming until after graduating from UNLV. Though he appears just twice on the Rebels' all-time Top 10 list for the 100 yard fly, he has been ranked in the top 10 in the world in the 100 fly
the past few years, and currently has the world's 11th best time. In the 2000 Syndey Games he placed fifth in the 100 fly with a time of 52.58, and will look for a repeat appearance in the finals, while he will also swim on the Canadian 400 medley relay.
The 200 meter fly premlims begin on Monday, with the final heat to be swam on Tuesday night, while the 100 meter fly begins on Thursday, with the finals set for Friday, August 20.