Nov. 20, 2004
LAS VEGAS - UNLV freshman Marina Sandback came from behind on the final leg of the 400 yard freestyle relay to out touch Colorado State in a thrilling finish that gave the Rebels' swimming and diving team a 153-147 victory over CSU in Mountain West Conference action on Saturday afternoon from Buchanan Natatorium. The Rebels trailed by 27 points, and were down 143-140 entering the final event, but three straight wins in the final three events lifted them to the win, their fourth straight.
First-place wins in the 100 back, 100 breast, and 200 fly gave the Rams a early lead in the meet, and they would eventually stretch it to a 131-114 edge after back-to-back wins in the 500 free and the 100 fly. A 1-3 finish in the 3-meter diving by Nichole McLean (267.53) and Jessica Field (238.43) brought UNLV back into the meet, and that was followed by Julie babin and Shayna Burns going 1-2 in the 200 IM, in times of 2:07.20 and 2:09.43, respectively. With CSU leading by three, the winner of the 400 relay would come away with the team victory. CSU led the race during the second and third legs, but Sandback swam an impressive 51.12 on the final 100 to move past CSU's Alina Roberts and give UNLV the relay win and the team victory.
Babin and Sandback were both double-event winners for UNLV. Babin's first win came in the 1000 free in a time of 10:24.49. Sandback took both the 50 free (24.61) and the 100 free (52.95). Winning single events for the Rebels were Kari Nettenstrom in the 200 free (1:54.06), and Burns in the 200 breast (2:22.46).