UNLV Splits Mountain West Meets

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, January 19. IN its first Mountain West road meet of the season, the UNLV men's and women's swimming and diving team pulled off a split, with the Rebel men (4-2, 3-1 MWC) suffering their first conference loss of the year, 175-125 at Air Force on Friday afternoon. The UNLV women (3-3, 3-2 MWC) meanwhile dominated the Falcon women with a 180-100 win.

UNLV entered the meet with a 3-0 record in the men's standings, but after claiming a win in the first event, Air Force won five of the next seven and slowly increased its lead throughout the meet. The Falcons would end the day with a total of 10 wins through the 16 events. A pair of double-event winners led the Rebels. Jonas Andersson won both breaststroke events, swimming the 100 in 56.00, and the 200 in 2:07.17. Brandon Nelms meanwhile was victorious in the 50 (20.93) and 100 (45.66) free. Devin Phillips swam a first place time of 1:52.92 in the 200 back, while he also leadoff the first place 200 medley relay team (1:34.39), that also featured Andersson, Tiger Christian, and Nelms.

The Rebels won the first 12 women's events to jump out to a big lead, and exhibitioned the last two swims on the way to their third MWC win of the year. UNLV was paced by four double-event winners. Lani Seaman won the 500 (5:12.21) and 1000 (10:35.19) free, Amanda Weinbrecht claimed first in the 100 (59.75) and 200 back (2:10.45), Bailey Kuestermeyer claimed the 200 fly (2:14.50) and 200 breast (2:24.40), while Katie Wronn was first in the 50 (24.01) and 100 free (53.00). Marva Harpak also won the 200 free in (1:57.46), while Kim Bonney was first in the 100 breast (1:07.12), and Caitlin Kelly won the 1-meter board with a score of 256.41. Weinbrecht, Kim Bonney, Marina Sandback, and Wronn also won the first event of the day, the 200 medley relay in 1:47.22.

Both Rebel teams will remain on the road as they face Wyoming on Saturday morning at 11 am in Laramie.