The men’s and women’s swimming teams both came up short against UNLV Saturday at the Buchanan Natatorium. The men’s team lost 156.5-143.5 and the women’s team lost 163-137.
“We had a lot of great swims today as a team,” head coach John Brooks said. “Our men’s team swam really well and came close to beating a strong team. Our women’s team is improving every week and making great strides.”
The Cougars won eight events on the day and had multiple swimmers take second place as well.
“I thought Brady Wells, Preston Jenkins, Garret Beaman,Angela Bennion, Hailey Campbell and Kimberly Welch Doroghian all swam well today,” Brooks said. “Payton Sorenson came close to swimming a personal best even while dealing with migraines all day.”
Nicholas Suder won both the men’s 1-m and 3-m events. Suder won the 1-m with a score of 317.25 and the 3-m with a score of 297.38. The Cougars swept the 3-m with David Corless taking second with a score of 287.25 and Edward Young taking third with a score of 275.63. Young also took second in the 1-m with a score of 255.15.
For the women, Dayna Christensen won the 3-m with a score of 318.00 and took second in the 1-m with a score of 265.58. Raleigh Williams took second in the 3-m with a score of 291.15 and third in the 1-m with a score of 241.95.
The women swept the top three spots in the 100 breast. Kassandra Bispo took first with a time of 1:04.89, Londyn Clawsonwas second with a time of 1:05.37 and Mallory Harris was third with a time of 1:06.24.
Doroghian and Jessica Ampuero went 1-2 in the 200 fly. Doroghian won with a time of 2:04.46 and Ampuero touched the wall in 2:07.75.
Brent Murray won the 50 free with a time of 20.95. Jordan Fletcher and Sorenson tied for third place with a time of 21.09.
The Cougars won both the men’s and the women’s 200 back. Campbell won with a time of 2:03.29 and Preston Jenkins won with a time of 1:48.14.
In the last event of the meet, the men’s 400 free relay consisting of David Armstrong, Beaman, Jenkins and Murray, won with a time of 3:03.25.
The men’s and women’s teams both have the week off before the swimming and diving teams split up and go to different events. The diving teams travel to Arizona to take part in the Wildcat Diving Invite on Nov. 16-17. The swimming teams travel to California to take part in the Arena Invitational on Nov. 15-17.
The UNLV men's and women's swimming and diving team saw an impressive 16 different swimmers win 19 of 26 individual events to help the Rebels swept a dual meet over BYU on Saturday afternoon. The Rebel men (2-1) posted a 156.5-143.5 victory, while UNLV's women (1-3) won by a 161-139 score.
Two double-event winners paced UNLV on the men's side. David Szele claimed both breasts events, winning the 100 in 56.04 and the 200 in 2:04.07. Giacomo Gremizzi meanwhile touched the wall first in the 200 free (1:40.23), and won the 200 IM in 1:50.86. Single event winners on the afternoon included: Matt Roe in the 1000 free (9:31.47), Henrique Machado in the 100 back (49.22), Balint Batka in the 200 fly (1:49.16), Samuel Lameynardie in the 100 free (46.64), Joe Riggert in the 500 free (4:36.42) and Cody Roberts in the 100 fly (49.01).
The Rebels won the 200 medley relay, with the team of Machado, Szele, Roberts and Tom Paco-Pedroni posting a time of 1:29.79. UNLV would tie for first in the 400 free relay, with Machado, Dillon Virva, Paco-Oedroni and Lameynardie turning in a time of 3:03.25.
UNLV had one double-winner on the women's side, with Jessica Heim winning both distance free events. She won the 500 free in 5:00.75 and the 1000 free in 10:24.49. The Rebels used a 1-2-3 sweep in the 50 free to help open their big margin over BYU, led by Hilary Ego's winning time of 23.57. She was followed by Rachel Dixon and Julia Fehervari. Dixon would win the 100 free in 52.18, with Fehervari in third and Ego fourth.
Other winners included Jessica Marsh in the 200 free (1:53.70), Carmen Robb in the 100 back (56.32), Mariah Skeen on the 1-meter board (284.18), Katelyne Herrington in the 100 fly (55.85) and Brittany Ozar in the 200 IM (2:08.01). Robb, Nakayla Chan, Herrington and Dixon teamed up to win the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:44.65, while Fehervari, Robb, Heim and Dixon won the 400 free relay in 3:28.48.
The Rebels return to action on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 pm, when they host Utah and the University of Calgary in Buchanan Natatorium.