Rebels-Cougars Dual Meet Saturday
Nov. 9, 2006
LAS VEGAS -
Preview: The UNLV women's swimming and diving team looks to right the ship are they face the Cougars of BYU on Saturday at Buchanan Natatorium. Last weekend the Rebels fell to Utah 142-120, remaining close the entire meet though were unable to overtake the Utes. Lani Seaman is swimming well of late, winning both long distance free events, while the 200 medley relay team will be counted on to repeat its victory from a week ago. Bailey Kuestermeyer, Amanda Weinbrecht and Marina Sandback each won events against Utah, and all will be crucial this weekend against the Cougars.
Scouting the Cougars: BYU enters today's meet against UNLV after four wins last weekend, three coming in a quad meet over Northern Arizona, New Mexico State and New Mexico. The Cougars then turned around to defeat TCU two days later with a score of 149-94. Natasha Menezes is the Cougars' top free swimmer, leading the way in 100, 200 and 500 free events. In the breast events, Jamie Bloom is the leader for BYU, while Angela Goodson is the team's top flyer. Tawni Jones and Ava Jackman are the Cougar's top divers, with Jones winning the one-meter event in the quad-meet.
Preview: The UNLV men look to build on last week's win over Utah as it takes on the 24th ranked Cougars of BYU Saturday. The men are led by their outstanding group of free swimmers, including Brandon Nelms, Richard Hortness and long-distance supreme Johan Claar. Nelms has won three events this season, winning the 50 free in both meets this season. Claar finished second in three events two weeks ago, before breaking through against Utah for two victories.
Scouting the #24 Cougars: BYU enters the meet ranked 24th in the country, and is coming off a huge upset-win over #20 SMU last Friday night 133-108, before returning to pool the next day to win its MWC opener over TCU 159.5-80.5. The Cougars are led in the free events by Brett Allen. Allen won six events last weekend, including the 50 and 100 free twice and being part of the 200 and 400 medley relay teams that both took first. Travis Price swims the long distance freestyle events, and is coming off four victories last weekend. Freshman diver Brandon Watson won both of the events against TCU, earning an impressive 376 in the 3 meter event. Others to watch out for will be David Scott (breast), Jeffrey Su (fly) and freshman Chad Fong (free).
Looking Ahead: UNLV is off before the end of the month when the swimmers head to Austin, Texas for the Texas Invitiational, while the Divers will travel to Provo, Utah for the BYU Diving Invitational.