Rebels Set to Host Winter Invitational
 
Buchanan Natatorium plays host to the UNLV Winter Invitational this weekend.
Buchanan Natatorium plays host to the UNLV Winter Invitational this weekend.
 
 
 

Dec. 13, 2006

LAS VEGAS -

UNLV Swim Notes for UNLV Winter Invitational
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WOMEN

Preview: The UNLV women's swimming and diving team looks for its first win of the season this weekend as they welcome in teams for the UNLV Winter Invitational, while simultaneously taking on TCU and San Diego State during the Invite. The Rebels are coming of a 14th place finish at the Texas Invitational a few weeks ago. Bailey Kuestermeyer was the Rebels top performer in Austin, and will be counted upon again this weekend for scoring swims. Others to watch for will be Kim Bonney, Marina Sandback and Marva Harpak, all who faired well in Texas last time out. Other teams taking part in the Winter Invitational will be New Mexico State, UC-Santa Barbara, Cal State Bakersfield, Chapman College, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College, Seattle University, University of La Verne, and the University of New Orleans.

Scouting The Horned Frogs: The TCU women come to Las Vegas having already swam in ten dual meets, sporting a 7-3 mark, going 2-3 in the Mountain West thus far. Erica Tate leads the way for the Horned Frogs, currently holding the 65th best time for the 50 free in the country. Tate also is 75th nationally in the 100 fly, swimming a 56.12 at the Texas Invitational two weeks ago. Tara Sullivan and Maribeth Pottenger are also swimming well for TCU, with both each winning events in their last meet against Centenary. Freshman diver Jennifer Ferguson is undefeated in her collegiate career with a 12-0 mark, and has won the last four MWC Female Diver of the Week awards, which ties the conference record for consecutive weeks won.

Scouting The Aztecs: The Aztec women have swam their fair share so far this season, entering the UNLV Winter Invitational with a 5-7 record, 1-6 in the Mountain West. They are coming off a tough 133.5-73.5 loss to Wyoming on Nov. 21st. Kimberlee Frith leads the Aztecs in the longer sprint events, as she has set school records in both the 100 and 200 free events. Others to watch for will be Rosalie Raymond in the distance free events, Ana Dowell in the fly, Katie Smith in the backstroke swims, and Kendal Twilling in the IMs.

MEN

Preview: The UNLV men return to the home pool after traveling to Austin, Texas two weekends ago for the Texas Invitational. The men finished the Invite in sixth place, a very solid finish among many nationally ranked squads. This weekend the men will compete in the UNLV Winter Invitational, competing against TCU for conference standings during the Invite. Look for reigning MWC Swimmer of the Week Jonas Andersson to lead the Rebels after he swam the third-fasted time in conference history in the 200 breast (1:59.25). Other teams taking part in the Winter Invitational will be New Mexico State, UC-Santa Barbara, Cal State Bakersfield, New Mexico State, UC-Santa Barbara, Cal State Bakersfield, Chapman College, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College, Seattle University, University of La Verne, and the University of New Orleans

Scouting The Horned Frogs: TCU comes into the Winter Invitational with a 4-2 record on the season, posting a 1-2 mark inside the MWC. The Frogs are led by junior Scott McCracken, who swims most sprint events. At the recent Texas Invitational, his time of 20.35 in the 50 free was one-hundreth away from topping the TCU all-time mark in that event. Jonathon Berrettini and Guillermo Ramirez lead one of the most experienced and strongest backstroke groups in the conference. R.J. Hesselberg, a MWC Diver of the Week earlier this year, will lead the TCU men on the planks.

Rebels Currently Ranked No. 23: UNLV remains in the top 25 in the collegeswimming.com poll released recently, coming in at No. 23 among D-1 schools. UNLV stays where it was when it entered the rankings, after defeating both Beehive State schools in Utah and BYU, and losing a close meet to Arizona State, who is No. 21 in the current poll, in the season opener. UNLV and BYU (No. 25) are the only Mountain West schools represented, while the SEC and the Big Ten lead all conferences with six ranked teams. Texas holds down the top spot with 294 points, with #3 Auburn and three California teams (Stanford No. 2, Cal No. 4, USC No. 5) rounding out the top five.

Looking Ahead: UNLV is off for the Holidays, returning to the pool on January 12 when they travel to Boca Raton, Fla. to take on Florida Atlantic. FAU is currently ranked 16th in the Collegiate Swimming D-1 Mid-Major poll, with the Owls women's squad holding down the third spot.

 

 

 
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