Heim Moves Rebels Up To Third
Feb. 23, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (UNLVRebels.com) - Sophomore Jessica Heim became the first Rebel in four years to win an event at the Mountain West Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, helping UNLV move up to third place on Thursday night after two days of action. This year's championships meet, held in Oklahoma City, Okla., at the Oklahoma City Community College Aquatic Center, continues on Friday before concluding on Saturday night.
Heim posted a new school record in the 500 free by almost three seconds, touching the wall in a time of 4:46.67 to claim first. She is the first Rebel to win the 500 free since Alyson Noble in 2003, and her time is a NCAA 'B' provisional time. Freshman Jessica Marsh also scored in the event, placing 14th in 4:58.46.
The night's first event was the 400 medley relay, and UNLV would place second in the event with a school record time of 3:38.40, and it was also good for a 'B' qualifying time. Making up the relay squad was junior Carmen Robb, senior Marley Prothero, sophomore Katelyne Herrington and sophomore Rachel Dixon.
Prothero paced the Rebels in the 200 IM, posting a time of 2:01.77 to place fourth. Her time of 2:01.27 in the morning preliminaries is a 'B' time and the third fastest in team history. Four more Rebels scored in the consolation heat. Junior Brittany Ozar was 11th (2:03.23), junior Krista Johnson was 12th (2:03.27), senior Anja Crawford 14th (2:04.44) and junior Dannica Brennan 16th (2:05.94).
Two Rebels placed the top eight of the 50 free. Dixon finished fourth in a time of 22.64, while junior Hilary Ego was seventh in 23.16. Dixon's time in the morning swims of 22.60 set a new UNLV record, and was a 'B' time as well. Senior Friderika Szel also scored in the event, placing 14th in 23.53.
The night ended with the 3-meter diving event. Mariah Skeen finished fourth in the event, posting a score of 285.25.
San Diego State holds the lead after two days with 299 points, while Boise State is close behind in second with 295. UNLV's 210 points was good for third, while New Mexico is fourth (185) and Wyoming is fifth (176). Rounding out the field is Colorado State in sixth (121), TCU in seventh (118) and Air Force in eighth (79).