Heinrich Alberts, who won two junior college national titles for Indian River State College as a freshman, has committed to UNLV to join the Rebels next fall.
Alberts went 47.59 to win the 100 fly at NJCAA National Championships last March, and added another title by clocking 1:47.22 in the 200 fly later that meet. Both times were just off the NJCAA records.
Alberts, who is originally from Pietersburg, South Africa, has already been sub-50 in the 100 fly this season swimming for Indian River, which is located in Fort Pierce, Florida.
Alberts’ Top Times
100 fly: 47.59
200 fly: 1:47.22
50 free: 21.04
Alberts is a big get for UNLV, which won the Mountain Pacific Swimming Federation meet last year by just seven and a half points and graduated 100 fly champ Cody Roberts.
Alberts will join current sophomore Dillon Virva and current junior Balint Batka in what should be a very competitive group for the Rebels. Batka was the MPSF champion in the 200 fly in 2013.
The Rebels finished 29th at NCAAs last season, in part thanks to Batka’s 14th place finish in the 200 fly. UNLV will try to build off that with Alberts and Virva joining Batka as scoring hopefuls in 2015.
For now, Alberts will finish out his second and final season with Indian River, shooting for the 100 and 200 fly national records he narrowly missed last year.