Another Sweep In The Pool
Jan. 11, 2006
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - For the second time this season, a pair of UNLV freshman swept the Mountain West Conference Swimmer of the Week honors, the conference announced on Wednesday. Bailey Kuestermeyer was named the Women's Swimmer of the Week, her second honor of the year, while Johann Claar picked up his third Men's Swimmer of the Week award for their performances in a win over Wyoming on Jan. 5, and a first place showing in the UC Irvine Sprint Invitational on Jan. 7.
Claar, a native of Bankeryd, Sweden, won all five of his races last week. The five wins gives him 19 wins out of 20 swims this season, including in 18 consecutive events. Against Wyoming, he won the 1,000 free in a time of 9:17.82, setting a new school record and posting the second-fastest time in the MWC this season, a time that was also under the previous MWC record. Claar also won the 500 free in a time of 4:30.70. At the UC Irvine Sprint Invitational, he won the 200 free in 1:42.22 and the 200 fly by over six seconds, in a time of 1:52.89. He also won the 1,000 free in 9:33.31. His swims helped UNLV to a first place showing in the invitational.
Kuestermeyer, from Puyallup, Wash., claimed a pair of victories in UNLV's dual meet against Wyoming. She won the 200 breast in a time of 2:17.64, just .16 off her league-best time. She then set a personal best in winning the 200 IM in 2:07.27, the third-best time in the league this season. At the UC Irvine Sprint Invitational, she won the 200 breast with a time of 2:17.49, .01 off her league-best time. She also took fourth in the 400 IM in 4:30.52, was sixth in the 100 breast (1:07.46), and fifth in the 200 IM (2:09.62). UNLV took third in the meet, behind top-25 Purdue and host UC Irvine.
Both the Rebels teams will next host UC Irvine on Friday, Jan. 20 at 5 pm in Buchanan Natatorium.