Courtesy: UNLV Athletics
LAS VEGAS – The UNLV swimming and diving teams will host Wyoming on Saturday for the last home meet of the season. The action will kick off at 11 am with a farewell to the program’s six seniors at the Jim Reitz Pool.
Leading the Rebel men is freshman Wyatt Marsalek, who holds the second fastest time in the WAC in the 1000 free (9:47.21) and the third fastest in the 1650 (15:45.68). Junior Hayden Hemmens currently ranks sixth in the WAC in the 200 free (1:38.44), 500 free (4:29.53), and 200 back (1:49.06), while freshman Michal Cukanow is ranked third in the 200 fly (1:48.02) and sixth in the 100 fly (49.02). Sophomore Jesse Cawley currently holds the top score in the WAC in the 3M with 350.70.
One of the top swimmers of the women’s side is freshman Julia Filippova, a two-time recipient of the Mountain West Swimmer of the Week award, who is ranked third in the MW in the 200 free (1:48.15) and sixth in the 100 free (50.10). Freshman Carissa Armijo holds the ninth fastest time in the 500 free (4:50.64), the tenth fastest time in the 200 fly (2:02.50) and the fifth fastest time in the 400 IM (4:19.95)
“Wyoming is one of our biggest rivals, and on paper it looks to be a tight match-up this year. Best times on paper don’t tell the whole story though, and if we prepare and execute like we did last weekend, this should be an exciting dual meet.
“We will be honoring our Seniors on Saturday as well. They were all sophomores when the coaching staff and I came in the door, and we are grateful for their belief in our system and for working hard to help this team transition…we wouldn’t be where we are without their leadership.”
-HEAD COACH BEN LOORZ
NEXT FOR THE REBELS: The Rebels will hit the road to face Grand Canyon for the last dual meet of the season on Feb. 2 at 11 am.