Swimming The Sun Devils
UNLV opens the season on Friday at Arizona State.
UNLV opens the season on Friday at Arizona State.

Oct. 21, 2004

LAS VEGAS - The 2004-05 UNLV men's and women's swimming and diving teams are set to begin the season as the Rebels open at top-25 Arizona State on Friday.

UNLV, which finished third in the Mountain West Conference in both the men's and women's, have high hopes for a very successful season and plan on making a serious run at their first-ever conference title thanks to a very strong freshman class on both squads. To challenge themselves this year, they will swim some of the best in the nation, starting with the meet against the Sun Devils. Also on the slate this season is a meeting for the men's team against top-five California on Jan. 6, while both teams will also take on top-25 North Carolina in the same meet. The Rebels will begin their home schedule against MWC rival Utah on Nov. 6, while UNLV will meet another ranked foe in conference opponent BYU on Nov. 13, part of a tri-meet with Toronto.

"It's exciting to face a top team like Arizona State in our opener, and I'm ready to see how good we look, which should tell us a lot for the rest of the season" said 25th-year head coach Jim Reitz. "Training has been going very well, so this should be a good indicator of how good a team we can be."

The Rebel men will be paced by Jonathan Hugo, a two-event champion at last year's MWC championships (50 free, 100 back), while Adam Martinson was the 200 back champion. UNLV also returns all four members of three conference champion relay teams, in the 200 free and medley and 400 medley relays.

The UNLV women return two conference champions from last year, Julie babin (400 IM) and Jessie Bradshaw (100 free), and have brought in a strong freshman class with 15 newcomers for this year's team.



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