Rebel Recaps: Week 1/24 – 1/29

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Track & Field 1/28

Freshman thrower Cassidy Osborne-Butler won the weight throw event as part of six top-10 finishes for UNLV track and field at the New Mexico Team Open over the weekend.

Osborne-Butler’s victory was also a personal best, with a distance of 19.53m (64-01.00). It was her second consecutive win for the event. 

Erin Thompson and Julia Nixon both finished in ninth place in the high jump and 600m run, respectively. Emma Wahlenmaier and Elise Rovere finished in fifth and sixth respectively, in the 800m run. And Jaylen Walker took home eight place in the triple jump.

“I’m really pleased with these athletes and the effort they brought to Albuquerque,” head coach Dorian Scott said.” 

“We’re going back here for a conference so I’m really pleased with how these ladies progressed so far, for some of them it was their first time competing indoors this season, and I’m excited to see what they do when we come back at the end of the season.”

UNLV continues its schedule on Feb 11 for the two-day Texas Tech Shootout in Lubbock, Texas.

Men’s Tennis 1/28

UNLV men’s tennis is off to a 3-0 start following wins over Hawaii, New Mexico State, and UC Riverside to begin the 2022 season. 

The Rebels took down UC Riverside 4-1 Saturday afternoon. UNLV picked up two wins from its double teams to take a 1-0 lead. And Zac Brodney, Thomas Navarro, and Chirstopher Bulus all won their singles matches in straight sets to give the Rebels the victory. 

Earlier in the day, UNLV defeated New Mexico State 4-0. Milos Dabic won his singles and doubles match, with partner Brodney, to help give the Rebels the victory over the Aggies. 

UNLV’s Saturday doubleheader came after a 4-3 win against Hawaii on Friday night. In his debut for the Rebels, Bulus upset the nation’s No. 11 singles player, Andre Ilagan, which proved to be the deciding point in the Rebels;’ 4-3 win.

The Rebels return to action on Feb. 12 and 13 when they travel to face Oklahoma State for a two-match series. 

Swim & Dive 1/28

UNLV men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams capped off its Senior Day with sweeps over Hawai’i and Wyoming. 

In total, the Rebels came away with 12 event wins on Saturday, after  securing 12 on Friday, to help carry them to the sweep.  

The men beat Wyoming by a score of 223-124 and Hawai’i 191-148. And the women finished with a score of 261-131 over Wyoming and 176-160 against Hawai’i. 

On Saturday, UNLV took home a 1-2-3 finish in the women’s 500 freestyle with Teneka Ash, Carissa Armijo and Julia Filippova taking the podium for UNLV. 

Sophomore Blanka Bokros swept the 100m and 200m butterfly events, which marks the third consecutive sweep. Her 200m victory was the third fastest time in school history (1:59.69). 

The UNLV Swim & Dive team hype themselves up before a meet on Jan. 29, 2022. Photo by Lucas Peltier /// UNLV Athletics

Senior Kristina Schneider also brought home two victories in the 100m and 200m freestyle. 

For the men, junior Panos Bolanos finished first in the 200m backstroke for his seventh overall win of the event. Bolanos also took home the win in Friday’s 100m backstroke. Bolanos is unbeaten in the 200m backstroke this season. 

Junior Cam Castro swept the distance events, winning both the 500m freestyle and 1000m freestyle. UNLV finished 1-2-3 in the 500m with Chris Mykkanen and Andrew Navarro finishing behind Castro. 

Mykkanen took home first place in the 200m freestyle, just edging out teammate Bryan Chavez. 

Sophomore George Ratiu helped the Rebels win six events over the two days. He won both the 100m butterfly and 100m freestyle. 

And he helped them win four more team events, including the 200 medley relay, alongside Richard Szilagyi, Sam WIllstrop, and Reece Hemmens. 

Freshman Dima Teresch was UNLV’s top diver of the night, placing third in the 3-meter dive and fourth in the 1-meter dive. 

“This was a fun way to send our seniors off,” head coach Ben Loorz said. “We raced very aggressively, and that’s what we need to do as we head into February.” 

“Our relays were really clicking, which has been and will definitely continue to be a huge piece of our teams’ success come Mountain West and WAC Championship meet time.”

UNLV won both the men’s and women’s championships for the WAC and Mountain West, respectively, last season and are hoping their success on their Senior Day can carry them to another conference championship.

UNLV has one more regular season on Feb. 5 at Grand Canyon University, before the men’s WAC championships and women’s Mountain West championships later in February. 

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