Williams, Kuestermeyer Earn MWC Weekly Honors
Dec. 20, 2006
LAS VEGAS - Coming off a successful UNLV Winter Invitational, three Rebel swimmers and divers were awarded with weekly accolades it was announced on Wednesday. Brandon Nelms was slated as the both CollegiateSwimming.com National Men's Swimmer of the week and Mountain West Conference Men's Swimmer of the Week, while Bailey Kuestermeyer and Wendy Williams were named MWC Women's Swimmer and Diver of the week, respectively.
Nelms, a senior from Plano, Texas, earned six victories over the span of three days at the UNLV Winter Invitational. He won both the 50 free (20.42) and the 100 free (44.89), while combining with his relay partners for wins in the 200 and 400 free relays. He also anchored the 200 and 400 medley relays for first-place finishes this weekend. Nelms was the second Rebel swimmer honored by the Mountain West this season, as Jonas Andersson earned the award a week ago. He is also just the second UNLV swimmer ever to be awarded on the national stage, as current Rebel student assistant Joe Bartoch earned that distinction as well in 2005-06.
Bailey Kuestermeyer was tabbed as the MWC women's swimmer of the week after impressive swims in Buchanan Natatorium this weekend. Kuestermeyer, a native of Puyallup, Wash., finished with four top-two performances, including winning the 200 breaststroke in 2:17.97. Her time in the 200 breast improved her already conference-best time this season. She also had runner-up finishes in both the 200 and 400 individual medleys, along with finishing second in the 100 breast. Kuestermeyer is the first woman to receive conference swim honors this season for UNLV.
The Rebels also received the women's diver of the week award, as junior Wendy Williams was the first Rebel honored by the conference this season. Williams won both diving events at the UNLV Winter Invite, posting a score of 271.75 in the three-meter compared to her 246.75 one-meter judging.
UNLV returns to the pool after the holiday break on Jan. 12, when they travel to Boca Raton, Fla. for a battle with Florida Atlantic.