Rebels Finish Third At MW Championships
Feb. 25, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV women's swimming and diving team won two events on the final day to wrap up a third-place finish at the 2012 Mountain West Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, held in Oklahoma City, Okla., at the Oklahoma City Community College Aquatic Center. The third place showing was the best for UNLV since taking second in 2009.
Boise State narrowly won its first-ever MW Championship, coming from behind with one event left to win with 747 total points, five ahead of second place San Diego State (742). UNLV posted 551.5 points, while Wyoming was fourth (470), TCU fifth (374.5), New Mexico sixth (285), Colorado State seventh (276) and Air Force was eighth (192).
Sophomore Jessica Heim won her second event of the championships, winning the 1650 free in a NCAA 'B' provisional qualifying time of 16:27.16. The other Rebel victory on the night came in the 200 breast, with senior Marley Prothero setting a new school record time of 2:11.47, a 'B' standard. Also scoring in the event was Nakayla Chan in 13th place (2:18.69) and Elisa Warren in 16th (2:19.92).
In the second event of the night, the 200 back, three Rebels scored in the top eight, led by junior Krista Johnson's fourth place time of 1:59.43. Junior Dannica Brennan was seventh in 2:00.74, and junior Brittany Ozar finished eighth in 2:02.04. Also scoring was senior Anja Crawford, 10th in 1:58.88.
The 100 free saw sophomore Rachel Dixon lead the way with a fourth place swim in 49.97, a 'B' time. Junior Carmen Robb was eighth (50.94) and junior Hilary Ego was 13th (51.11). Divers Rachel Zuccaro (eighth) and Mariah Skeen (ninth) posted scores of 216.30 and 208.45, respectively, on the platform.
The night's final event was the 400 free relay. Dixon, Robb, junior Brittany Ozar and Heim posted the third-fastest time in school history, a 'B' time of 3:21.09