UNLV’s Lizzul, Bolanos Sweep MW, WAC Weekly Swim Honors

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October 19th, 2021 College, News

Courtesy: WAC

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com)  – UNLV swimming’s senior Gabby Lizzul and junior Panos Bolanos have been named the Mountain West and Western Athletic Conference Swimmers of the Week, respectively, the conferences announced Tuesday. This marks the first time Lizzul and Bolanos have received the weekly honors in their career.

The Rebel duo helped their squad to a second-place finish (1,233.5 points) in its season-opening meet at the USC Invitational over the weekend, finishing only behind the host Trojans’ No. 17 women’s and No. 23 men’s teams (1,741.5 points) and ahead of third-place TCU (1,098 points) and UC San Diego (892 points) in fourth place.

Lizzul, a native of Phoenix, Arizona, paced the Scarlet and Gray’s women’s side in their season debut with a trio of top-5 individual finishes. She finished third in the 200 fly (1:59.66), and fourth in both the 400 IM (4:20.61) and 500 free (4:54.47), putting up the MW’s fastest times this season across those events. Additionally, she climbed her way up UNLV’s record chart with the second fastest 200 fly (1:59.66) and ninth best 400 IM (4:20.61) times in program history.

A product of Athens, Greece, Bolanos led the way for the UNLV men at the meet with a pair of top-2 individual finishes. The Scarlet and Gray’s backstroke specialist earned the Rebels’ single event victory of the weekend in the 200 back (1:44.01) and posted a runner-up finish in the 100 back (47.48). Each of his finishes came on NCAA ‘B’ cut times and placed him among this year’s national top-10 individual rankings for those events.

NEXT UP: UNLV will return to the Golden State next week when it heads to Riverside to race against WAC-foe California Baptist on Saturday, Oct. 23.

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