Rebels Picked First, Second In MWC
Oct. 8, 2009
LAS VEGAS -
The UNLV men's swimming and diving team, five-time defending conference champions, were picked to win a sixth-straight league title, while the Rebel women were ranked second as the 2009-10 Mountain West Conference preseason coach's polls were released by the conference on Thursday.
The UNLV men collected five first-place votes and a total of 25 points to capture the top spot. BYU earned 18 points and the one remaining first-place vote for second place while Air Force was close behind with 17 points to claim third. Wyoming landed in fourth with 16 points and TCU and Utah were picked to tie for fifth with seven points each.
UNLV returns almost everyone from all five 2009 record-setting MWC relays as well as returning five individual champions, highlighted by junior Kier Maitland, the 2009 MWC Swimmer of the Year.
On the women's side, BYU was picked to repeat as MWC champions as the Cougars earned 63 points and received seven first-place votes. The Rebels finished second with a total of 54 points and received one first place-vote while San Diego State was a close third with 49 points and one first-place vote. Wyoming came in fourth with 42 points, followed by Colorado State in fifth with 38 points and Utah in sixth with 30 points. TCU (25 points), New Mexico (14 points) and Air Force (nine points) rounds out the poll finishing seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively.
UNLV returns two individual champions in Marva Harpak, the 2009 MWC 200 free champion and Ana Dangalakova, the MWC 200 back champion. Though the Rebels lost two swimmers that participated in last year's NCAA Championships, they have brought in a very deep and talented freshman class that should have them near the top of the league once again.
The season starts for both the UNLV men and women on Oct. 30 when the teams travel to Provo, Utah to take on BYU.