Aug. 24, 2005
LAS VEGAS - Several members of the UNLV men's swimming team turned in very impressive performances this summer at national and international competitions.
Senior Joe Bartoch, who won the 100 yard fly at the US Open this past December, posted a 12th-place finish in the 100m fly in 54.37 at the World University Games, held in the middle of August in Turkey. He also finished third at the Canadian world championship trials in 53.9, right behind former UNLV swimmer Mike Mintenko. Mintenko also qualified for the worlds and finaled in both the 50 and 100 flys, and was a member of the 4x100 free relay, which finished second while also setting a new Canadian record.
Juniors Brandon Nelms and Adam Martinson meanwhile both competed at the US Senior Nationals in Irvine, Calif, from Aug. 2-7. Nelms earned swam under the Olympic Trials cut with a 22.96 in the 50m free preliminaries, and finished eighth with a 23.18. Martinson swam the 100m back, placing 57.97 to finish in 23rd.
"Joe, Brandon and Adam are the leaders of our men's team, and their hard work during the offseason is an inspiration and an example of what Rebel swimming is all about," said UNLV head swimming coach Jim Reitz.