Swimming With The Frogs
Nov. 15, 2007
LAS VEGAS -
UNLV WOMEN: The UNLV women's swim team comes into Friday's meet still feeling out its incomers, while the returners are just getting settled in. The Rebels have a wealth of talent in all of the events, so now it is just time for them to start performing.
The top returnees for the Rebels have to be Bailey Kuestermeyer, Kim Bonney and Marina Sandback. Kuestermeyer is the defending MWC champion in the 200 breast and will contend for the conference title in both IM events. Bonney, who also swims breast and IM, will team with Kuestermeyer to form one of the best 1-2 punchs in both events in the country. Sandback is the team's top returning sprint free swimmer and will look to claim a MWC title this season after finishing fifth at the conference swim a year ago.
The #21 Rebel men continue their conference slate this weekend as they travel to Ft. Worth, Texas for a MWC meet with the Horned Frogs of TCU. The Rebel men have a ton of talent and depth this season, as they try to win their fourth-straight Mountain West title.
UNLV MEN: The mix of youth and veterans will be something to watch throughout the season for the men, as they have a very strong freshman class to go with the already experienced-laden group returning. Leading the returners for UNLV are Richard Hortness, Johan Claar and Jonas Andersson. Hortness, who already has been named MWC swimmer of the week this season, returns as one of the best sprint free swimmers in the nation. Claar was among the top distance free swimmers in the county last season, and will contend again in the Mountain West. Andersson returns as the Rebels best breast swimmer, as he was top three in both breast events at the conference meet.
TCU: The men's squad (4-1, 1-1 MWC) suffered their first loss of the season last Friday to Wyoming by a score of 172-128. Jonathon Berrettini led the Frogs by sweeping the backstroke events and contributing to two relay victories, while Josh Bagby, R.J. Hesselberg and Scott McCracken also added event wins. Friday's meet will mark the final home contest for the senior men. The women (4-3, 1-2 MWC) fell to Wyoming by a score of 173-123 last time out. Freshmen Brittney Martinez and Jessica Miles and sophomores Stephanie Futscher and Natalie Melenric notched event wins in the loss. Miles won the 1000-free in dominating fashion, recording the school's fourth-fastest time of 10:22.92, which was 10 seconds quicker than the closest competitor.