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UNLV Men, NAU Women Win WAC Swimming & Diving Championships
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas – UNLV and Northern Arizona won their first ever WAC Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday night at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas.  UNLV’s championship marked the first for a men’s team in the WAC since the 1999-2000 season.  Northern Arizona, in its 10th year as an affiliate of the WAC, had finished in second place four previous times.

On the men’s side, UNLV finished with 767 points followed by Wyoming (702), Air Force (625), Grand Canyon (503), North Dakota (390), Bakersfield (335) and Seattle U (193).  For the women, Northern Arizona had 743 points followed by Idaho (642), New Mexico State (528), Bakersfield (442), Grand Canyon (438), North Dakota (364), Northern Colorado (349) and Seattle U (154).

For the men, Bakersfield junior Mitchell Huxhold earned WAC Swimmer of the Year honors. Wyoming’s Derek Campbell was named the WAC Diver of the Year. UNLV head coach Jim Reitz earned the WAC Coach of the Year award, while Air Force’s Stan Curnow was voted Diving Coach of the Year. Air Force’s Andrew Facizewski was awarded Freshman of the Year.

On the women’s side, Idaho junior Rachel Millet was voted the WAC Swimmer of the Year.  Her teammate, Mairin Jameson, was the Diver of the Year.  Northern Arizona head coach Andy Johns earned the WAC Coach of the Year, while Idaho’s Kelly Gufford was the Diving Coach of the Year.  Grand Canyon’s Hannah Kastigar was awarded Freshman of the Year.

In the first race of the night, Bakersfield’s Mitchell Huxhold broke a 27-year-old WAC record in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 14:47.18, earning an NCAA automatic qualifying time by one one-hundredth of a second.  Northern Arizona’s Kendall Brown repeated as WAC champion in the 1650 for the women with a time of 16:33.27.  The Lumberjacks swept the top three spots as Emma Lowther placed second and Caitlin Wright took the bronze.

Grand Canyon’s Iegor Lytvenok won the 200 backstroke in 1:43.48, breaking the WAC record set in 1998 by Brigham Young’s Arunas Savickas (1:44.13).  The Antelopes swept the event as Iryna Glavnyk won the women’s 200 back in 1:57.46, just beating New Mexico State’s Terrin Seaver (1:57.57), yesterday’s 100 back winner.

In the men’s 100 freestyle, UNLV’s Tom Paco-Pedroni just missed setting a new WAC meet record with a time of 42.70.  It was an NCAA provisional qualifying time.  Idaho’s Rachel Millet won her second individual gold for the women with a time of 50.08 in the 100 free.

North Dakota’s Austin Smith also became a double winner, sweeping the breaststroke events with a WAC-record time of 1:56.15 in the 200.  Last year’s silver medalist in the women’s 200 breaststroke, Northern Arizona’s Jordan Burnes, improved this year to take the gold with a time of 2:13.35, an NCAA B cut.  Her teammates, Urte Kazakeviciute (2:14.99) and Stirling Smith (2:16.39) finished second and third, respectively.

In the 200 butterfly, Wyoming’s George Eglesfield took first place with a time of 1:45.22, setting a new WAC meet record and NCAA B cut.  Idaho’s Jamie Stervis repeated as the women’s 200 butterfly champion with an NCAA B cut time of 1:56.77, nearly two seconds faster than last year.

Idaho swept all three diving events as Paige Hunt won the platform diving with a score of 265.55.

UNLV won the men’s final event of the evening with a time of 2:52.86 in the 400 free relay, setting another new WAC and pool record while establishing an NCAA automatic qualifying mark. The team consisted of Samuel Lameynardi, Tom Paco-Pedroni, Giacomo Gremizzi and Dillon Virva.  Bakersfield closed out the meet with a victory in the women’s 400 free relay.  Michaela Paige, Paola Hernandez, Lauren Kaufman and Kelsey Lange swam a time of 3:21.03.

Friday's Results
Both UNLV and Northern Arizona continue to lead the 2014 WAC Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships after three days of competition.

On the men’s side, UNLV continues to lead with 545 points followed by Wyoming (506), Air Force (470), Grand Canyon (348), North Dakota (327), Bakersfield (224) and Seattle U (130).  For the women, Northern Arizona also continues to lead with 476 points followed by Idaho (457), New Mexico State (353), Bakersfield and Grand Canyon (308), North Dakota (261), Northern Colorado (219) and Seattle U (112).

Wyoming’s Ryan Nelson opened the night with a new WAC and pool record in the 400-yard individual medley with an NCAA provisional time of 3:45.20.  Grand Canyon’s Hannah Kastigar took the gold on the women’s side of the 400 IM with a time of 4:14.69, nearly four seconds better than silver medalist Kendall Brown of Northern Arizona.

Thursday’s 50 free gold medalist, Dillon Virva of UNLV, added his second individual gold with a win in the 100 butterfly.  Virva swam a 46.65 to earn an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.  Idaho’s Jamie Sterbis won the women’s 100 butterfly in 54.29, also an NCAA provisional time.

In the 200 freestyle, Wyoming’s Adam Kalms broke his own WAC and pool record set in the leadoff leg of Wednesday’s 800 free relay with a time of 1:33.74.  For the women, Bakersfield’s Michaela Paige won the 200 free in 1:47.32, defeating last year’s winner, Rachel Millet of Idaho (1:48.22).  Paige’s time is an NCAA B cut time.

North Dakota’s Austin Smith earned the top spot on the podium in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 53.29, just two hundredths of a second faster than UNLV’s David Szele.  All seven finishers earned NCAA provisional qualifying times.  New Mexico State’s Jessica Legge won the women’s event for the second straight year.  Her time of 1:01.78 is an NCAA B cut.

After setting WAC and pool records in the prelims of the 100 backstroke earlier in the day, UNLV’s Henrique Machado, went even faster in the finals to win with a time of 46.59.  Terrin Seaver of New Mexico State won the women’s 100 back in an NCAA provisional time of 54.77.

Air Force’s Dominic Vallejo won the platform diving event with a score of 316.55 after placing second in yesterday’s 1-meter diving.

UNLV’s 400 medley relay team of Machado, Szele, Virva and Samuel Lameynardi defeated Grand Canyon by over four seconds in posting an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 3:08.83, setting new WAC and pool records.  Machado’s leadoff time of 46.51 nearly matched his earlier WAC record in the 100 back.  Grand Canyon won the women’s relay in 3:40.91 with the team of Iryna Glavnyk, Molly Graves, Rebecca Coan and Hannah Kastigar.

Action concludes tomorrow at the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center with the 1,650 freestyle, 200 butterfly, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 backstroke and the 400 freestyle relays. Prelims begin at 10:00 a.m., the first five heats of the 1650 free begin at 3:15 p.m. and the finals start at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday's Results
UNLV and Northern Arizona lead the 2014 WAC Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving championships after two full days of competition.

On the men’s side, UNLV leads with 274 points followed closely by Wyoming (267), Air Force (241), North Dakota (201), Grand Canyon (199), Bakersfield (163) and Seattle U (72).  For the women, Northern Arizona leads with 273 points followed by Idaho (267), New Mexico State (204), Bakersfield (196), Grand Canyon (182), North Dakota (169), Northern Colorado (124) and Seattle U (68).

Thursday’s finals opened with Bakersfield’s Mitchell Huxhold winning the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 4:17.40.  Earlier in the day, Huxhold set the WAC and pool record with a time of 4:17.23 in the prelims, an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.  Michaela Paige completed the Bakersfield sweep of the 500 free with a time of 4:48.90.

Grand Canyon’s Iegor Lytvenok set a new WAC and pool record in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:44.84 while Rachel Millet of Idaho took the gold on the women’s side in 1:59.60, an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

In the 50 free, UNLV freshman Dillon Virva bettered his prelim time of 19.30 with a 19.11 to set a new WAC and pool record.  The pool record had been held by Olympian Cullen Jones since 2006.  Virva also posted an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the event.

On the women’s side, Idaho junior Erica Anderson improved upon her prelim time of 23.17 to win the 50 free with a time of 23.08.  Her teammate, Mairin Jameson, added a second gold medal in the meet with a win in the 3-meter diving with a score of 332.15.  She beat out Idaho’s Paige Hunt, last year’s winner, who scored 315.95 points.

Air Force went 1-2 in the men’s 1-meter diving as Nathanael Zillweger took first with a score of 334.80 while Dominic Vallejo was second with 330.10 points.

UNLV’s men took the 200 free relay with a time of 1:17.47, setting new WAC and pool records with the team of Tom Paco-Pedroni, Gui Passos, Samuel Lameynardi and Dillon Virva.  The Grand Canyon women’s team of Rebecca Coan, Catherin Polito, Hannah Kastigar and Jovanna Koens won the 200 free relay with a time of 1:32.14.

Action continues tomorrow at Palo Alto Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas with the 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, men’s platform diving and the 400 medley relays. Prelims begin at 10:00 a.m. and the finals start at 6:00 p.m.  

Wednesday's Results
The 2014 Western Athletic Conference Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship kicked-off the day with UNLV earning an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 200-yard medley relay.

The Rebels’ Henrique Machado, David Szele, Dillon Virva and Gui Passos swam a time of 1:25.33 to win by nearly two seconds over Grand Canyon.  The time set new pool, WAC and conference meet records.

In women’s 1-meter diving, Idaho’s Mairin Jameson (312.25) and Paige Hunt (304.95) won the gold and silver.  Wyoming Derek Campbell won the men’s 3-meter diving event with a score of 361.00 points.

Wednesday’s events concluded with the 800 free relay.  Wyoming’s Adam Kalms, Ryan O’Leary, Ryan Nelson and Ethan Griffel won on the men’s side with an NCAA provisional time of 6:24.21, just out-touching UNLV (6:24.40).

Bakersfield won the women’s 800 free relay with a time of 7:16.08.  Michaela Paige, Paola Hernandez, Kelsey Lange and Delise Batiza made up the team.

After one day of competition, on the men’s side, Wyoming leads with 104 points followed by North Dakota (102), Air Force (100), UNLV (94), Bakersfield (71), Grand Canyon (64) and Seattle U (48).  For the women, Idaho and Northern Arizona are tied for the lead with 106 points followed by New Mexico State (99), Grand Canyon (74), Northern Colorado (71), Bakersfield (69), North Dakota (58) and Seattle U (44).

Action continues tomorrow at Palo Alto College Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas with the 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle, women’s 3-meter diving, men’s 1-meter diving and the 200 freestyle relays. Prelims begin at 10:00 a.m. and the finals start at 6:00 p.m.

Preview
SAN ANTONIO, Texas
- The 2014 WAC Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Championships get underway in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 26 - Mar. 1. Over the four days, eight women's teams and seven men's teams will compete for the conference championships at Palo Alto College Aquatic Center.

The championship begins Wednesday afternoon at 11:30 a.m. CT with women's 1-meter diving prelims followed by the men's 3-meter diving prelims.  The first finals events will begin in the evening session on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. CT, with the 200 medley relay, finals for diving and the 800 freestyle relay.

The WAC will be streaming the finals of all four nights.  Viewers can sign up by visiting www.WACSports.tv.  Each night can be viewed for a subscription of $6.95 per night or a full championship package can be purchased for $10.95.

More information

2014 WAC Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Schedule

Day 1 Prelims - Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. (CT)
Live Results  | Diving
Women's 1-Meter Diving
Men's 3-Meter Diving 
Day 1 Finals - Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. (CT)
Live Results | Swimming | DivingWatch Live
200 Medley Relay
Women's 1-Meter Diving
Men's 3-Meter Diving 
800 Freestyle Relay 
Day 2 Prelims - Thursday, 10:00 a.m. (CT)
Live Results | Swimming | Diving
500 Freestyle
200 IM
50 Freestyle
Women's 3-Meter Diving
Men's 1-Meter Diving
Day 2 Finals - Thursday, 6:00 p.m. (CT)
Live Results | Swimming | DivingWatch Live
500 Freestyle
200 IM
50 Freestyle
Women's 3-Meter Diving
Men's 1-Meter Diving
200 Freestyle Relay
Day 3 Prelims - Friday, 10:00 a.m. (CT)
Live Results | Swimming | Diving
400 IM
100 Butterfly
200 Freestyle
100 Breaststroke
100 Backstroke
Men's Platform Diving
Day 3 Finals - Friday, 6:00 p.m. (CT)
Live Results | Swimming | DivingWatch Live
400 IM
100 Butterfly
200 Freestyle
100 Breaststroke
100 Backstroke
Men's Platform Diving
400 Medley Relay
Day 4 Prelims - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. (CT)
Live Results | Swimming | Diving
200 Backstroke
100 Freestlye
200 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
Women's Platform Diving
1650 Freestyle
Day 4 Finals - Saturday, 6:00 p.m. (CT)
Live Results | Swimming | DivingWatch Live
1650 Freestyle (Final Heat)
200 Backstroke
100 Freestyle
200 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
Wome's Platform Diving
400 Freestyle Relay

 
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