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Rebels Make Move At MWC
UNLV posted two runner-up finishes on the women's side of the MWC Championships on Friday.
UNLV posted two runner-up finishes on the women's side of the MWC Championships on Friday.

Feb. 25, 2011


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UNLV turned in several record-setting performances to take over the team lead on the men's side, while the Rebel women also made a move up the standings on Friday night on the third day of action at the 2011 Mountain West Conference Championships, which is being held at the Oklahoma City Community College Aquatic Center. The four-day meet concludes on Saturday night.

The 16th-ranked Rebel men would claim a total of four victories, out of six events, with two coming in new MWC record times. UNLV began the night winning their third relay title of the meet, as junior Steven Nelms, junior Charlie Tapp, sophomore Cody Roberts and senior Kyle Virva won the 200 free relay in a time of 1:17.86, just .017 off the NCAA 'A' Automatic qualifying time, and fourth-fastest in the nation this year.

The next event was another win for UNLV, with freshman Giacomo Gremizzi winning the 400 IM by almost five seconds, turning in a time of 3:48.99. That was a new championship meet time, was just .01 seconds off the league record, and is a NCAA 'B' provisional standard. Also scoring in the event was freshman Brandon Meier, fourth in 3:57.77, and John Mendoza, 11th in 3:59.13.

Roberts then claimed his second individual title of the championships, crushing the field in the 100 fly in a new MWC record time of 45.70, giving him the title for the second straight year. That time is not only a NCAA 'A' mark, it's also the third-fastest time in the nation this year. UNLV would go 1-2-3-4 in the event, with senior David Seiler placing second (47.16), Nelms third (47.27), and Virva fourth (47.50), and all three met 'B' marks. Sophomore Andrew Mooers finished 11th as well (49.33).

Two Rebels scored in the 200 free, with Kier Maitland coming in third with a 'B' time of 1:37.99, while freshman Spencer Wollkind was 14th in 1:41.34.

Another conference record fell in the 100 breast, as junior Andrew Morrell touched the wall in 52.80, another NCAA 'A' time as well as the fastest in the nation this season. Freshman David Szele came in third in 53.54, a 'B' time, while Calan Eldridge placed 10th (55.68). In the 100 back, Seiler was the top finisher for UNLV, finishing second by .12 with a NCAA 'B' time of 47.26. Tapp was sixth (49.68), senior Nick Blank was tied for seventh (49.74), and sophomore Chris Riley posted a time of 50.49 to score in 15th place.

UNLV now leads the men's standings with 538.5 points. BYU is in second with 480, and is followed by Wyoming in third (389.5), TCU in fourth (328.5), Utah in fifth (315), and Air Force in sixth (258.5).

For the Rebel women, two runner-up finishes were the highlight of the day. In the 200 free relay, freshman Rachel Dixon, senior Lisa Gillespie, junior Friderika Szel and senior Lara Sreibers teamed up to post a time of 1:32.88, placing them seventh. Two Rebels scored in the 400 IM, with junior Marley Prothero placing third in a 'B' time of 4:17.09, and sophomore Krista Johnson would finish in 10th (4:22.54).

Freshman Orsolya Tompa earned runner-up honors in the 100 fly, posting a time of 53.41, second-fastest in UNLV history. Classmate Katelyne Herrington was fourth (54.11), sophomore Emma Gustaffsson ninth (55.42), and sophomore Carmen Robb 12th (55.89). Both Tompa and Herrington met 'B' marks in the race.

Another runner-up finish came in the 200 free. Freshman Jessica Heim was second with a 'B' time of 1:47.82, third-fastest time ever at UNLV, while Sreibers placed seventh (1:50.53) and Szel 10th (1:49.66). The 100 breast saw Gillespie come in eighth place (1:03.54), while sophomore Nakayla Chan finished 15th in 1:05.03. Four Rebels scored in the consolation heat of the 100 back, as sophomore Brittany Ozar placed ninth (55.56), Dixon 10th (55.62), sophomore Carmen Robb 13th (56.21) and junior Anja Crawford 14th (56.28).

The final event was the women's platform diving. Sophomore Mariah Skeen scored 193.25 to place 14th, while junior Rachelle Zuccaro was 16th with a score of 176.60.

San Diego State leads the women's side with 497 points, while BYU is second with 388 and Wyoming third with 347. Utah stands in fourth (333), UNLV fifth (310), TCU sixth (259), Colorado State seventh (232), New Mexico eighth (219), and Air Force is ninth (100).



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