The UNLV men's and women's swimming and diving teams competed in double-dual meet action on Friday in Denver, with the 16th-ranked Rebel men posting a pair of wins over Denver (141-138) and Air Force (179-114). The UNLV women meanwhile lost to Denver 176-121 but posted a 220-71 conference victory over Air Force.
In the men's competition, the Rebels (6-1, 3-0 MWC) posted the fastest swim in a total of nine events over the two opponents. Most importantly, UNLV claimed both relay events, beginning with the 200 medley relay, as David Seiler, Andrew Morrell, Cody Roberts and Steven Nelms swam a time of 1:30.52. Kyle Virva, Nelms, Charlie Tapp and Calan Eldridge meanwhile won the 400 free relay in 3:01.31. Roberts also was a double-event winner for UNLV, turning in victories in the 100 back (50.99) and in the 100 fly (48.53).
Other individual event winners included John Mendoza in the 1000 free (9:37.35), David Szele in the 100 breast (55.89), Tapp in the 50 free (20.45), Virva in the 100 free (45.70) and Andrew Morrell in the 200 breast (2:03.81).
The Rebel women (5-6, 4-2 MWC) won a total of five individual events and one relay on the day. Alexandra Bejinriu claimed the first event for UNLV, the 200 fly in 2:06.82, while Rachel Dixon posted a time of 23.75 in the 50 free to place first. Other winners were Jessica Heim in the 500 free (5:09.14), Orsolya Tompa in the 100 fly (56.75), and Rachelle Zuccaro on the 1-meter board (257.65). The Rebels' 400 free relay squad of Orsolya, Katelyne Herrington, Lisa Gillespie and Lara Sreibers would win in a time of 3:30.87.
UNLV stays on the road to face Wyoming in Laramie on Saturday at 11 am PST.
The University of Denver women’s swimming team swept the competition on Friday afternoon at El Pomar Natatorium, while the men’s team defeated Air Force and dropped a close decision to No. 16 ranked UNLV which came down to the wire.
The Pioneer women dominated the Air Force Falcons 235.00 to 59.00 and defeated UNLV 176.00 to 121.00, while the men topped Air Force 200.00 to 98.00 and were barely edged by UNLV 141.00 to 138.00. The DU seniors were also honored during Friday’s meet.
"I’m really proud of all the efforts tonight," said head coach Brian Schrader. “We had outstanding performances from Grace Kittle, Rachel Burns, and Liz Yovich in diving on the women’s side of competition, and on the men’s side from Scott Madaras, Caleb Severns, Jeff Giddens (Carlsbad, Calif.), and Seth McNew. They all contributed to winning events as seniors, and it was a fun way for them to end their dual meet careers.”
The Pioneer women took 10 first-place finishes, while the Pioneer men won seven events. In the 1000-yard freestyle, freshman Jaclyn Best (Boulder, Colo.) took the win with a time of 10:31:56. In the 200-free, sophomore Rachel Burns (Tampa, Fla.) claimed the victory with a time of 1:51.63.
The Denver women swept the top three positions in the 100-backstroke with sophomore Alex Suppan (Burlington, Vt.) finishing first (57.85), while freshman Gretchen Cohen (Centennial, Colo.) took second (58.12) and senior Katy Motsinger (Charleston, S.C.) following closely in third (58.22).
Grace Kittle (Dallas, Texas) took a decisive first in the 100-breaststroke with a time of 1:03.31, finishing more than five seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. She also dominated the 200-breaststroke with a time of 2:17.29, a full nine seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
In the 100-free, Rachel Burns (Tampa, Fla.) took home the win with a time of 52.67, while fellow sophomore Kirsten Milberg (Littleton, Colo.) won the 200-backstroke (2:05.64). Junior Michelle Needham (Portland, Ore.) also placed first in the 200-IM with a time of 2:09.49.
On the men’s side, junior Clayton Myers (Aurora, Colo.) took the 200-free with a time of 1:40.58. Myers also won the 500-free (4:35.72) and the 200-IM (1:54.26) for a total of three victories on the day.
The men also swept the 200-fly, with senior Scott Madaras (Yorktown, Va.) finishing first (1:51.62), junior Tyler Pennington (Scottsdale, Ariz.) taking second (1:55.64) and sophomore Jeff Cox (Alpharetta, Ga.) finishing third (1:55.74). In the 200-backstroke, Caleb Severns (Fairbanks, Alaska) finished first with a time of 1:51.94.
Senior Seth McNew (Lakewood, Colo.), the reigning SBC Male Diver of the Week, swept both diving events with scores of 300.30 in the 1-meter dive and 267.65 in the 3-meter. Elizabeth Yovich (Parker, Colo.) took first in the women’s 3-meter with a score of 259.50 and second in the 1-meter with a score of 256.45, just 1.2 points behind the leader.
Up next, the Pioneers will head to South Bend, Ind. For the Shamrock Invitational from Jan. 28 thru Jan. 29.