Rebel women honored as a top-five academic team in the nation

The success for UNLV swimming and diving was not limited to just the pool this past season, as both the men’s and women’s teams were recognized by the College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) as their 2014 Spring Scholar All-America Team Awards (sponsored by Nike Swim) were announced on Thursday.

The Rebel women’s team in fact posted a 3.59 GPA over the spring semester that tied it for fifth-highest in the nation. The Rebel men meanwhile were also honored thanks to their 3.0 overall GPA for the spring, and they were one of 12 teams to both earn team academic awards while also finishing in the top 20 at the 2014 NCAA Championships.

The Spring Team Scholar All-America award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams who have achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in the semester/quarter coinciding with the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

UNLV SWIMMING AND DIVING NEWS: Rebels Hold Senior Day On Saturday




The UNLV men’s and women’s swimming teams will hold its Senior Day on Saturday as the Rebels will take on the Wyoming men as well as the women’s team from Nevada, Reno. The competition will be held in Buchanan Natatorium starting at 12 pm. The Rebel divers will also be in action this weekend, making the trip to Colorado Springs, Colo., for the Air Force Diving Invitational, held Friday-Saturday.

Rebel Women Highlights

• This will be the final home meet for five Rebel seniors. Being honored during the meet will be Marta Alvarez, Rachel Dixon, Jessica Heim, Katelyne Herrington and Chelsea Morris

• Katelyne Herrington currently holds the top time in the Mountain West Conference in the 100 fly in 52.71, which also ranks 16th in the nation.

Rebel Men Highlights

• This will be the final home meet for eight Rebel seniors.
Being honored during the meet will be Wyatt Adams, Giacomo Gremizzi, Brandon Meier, Guilherme Passos, Jake Priest, Chris Riley, David Szele, Spencer Wollkind

• The Rebels hold the top time in the WAC in the 50 free (Dillon Virva), the 100 back (Henrique Machado), the 100 breast (David Szele), the 200 breast (Brandon Meier), the 200 fly (Balint Batka) and in the 400 IM (Giacomo Gremizzi)
• UNLV holds the top relay times in the WAC in four of five relays (excluding the 800 free)
• Dillon Virva currently ranks second in the nation in the 50 free in a school record time of 19.37

Next Time Out
The UNLV women will return to action at the Mountain West Championships on Feb. 19-22, while the men will compete in the WAC Championships Feb. 26-March 1. Both championship meets are being held in San Antonio, Texas.

UNLV SWIMMING AND DIVING NEWS: Rebels Face UC Santa Barbara In Road Dual Meet Saturday




The UNLV men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will compete for the first time in almost two months with a road dual meet on Saturday, against UC Santa Barbara at 10 am. That concludes a week-long training trip for the Rebels in California.

Rebel Women Highlights

• Katelyne Herrington currently holds the top time in the MW in the 100 fly in 52.71, which also ranks 16th in the nation.

Rebel Men Highlights

• The Rebels are ranked 23rd in the latest CSCAA poll, their highest ranking of the year.
• Six Rebels currently hold the top times in their events in the WAC, while UNLV also has three national top-16 relays as well. Leading the way is sophomore Dillon Virva, who holds the second fastest 50 free time in the nation this season at 19.37.

Next Time Out
The Rebels will have a quad-dual meet at home on Saturday, Jan. 25, as they host Air Force, Bakersfield and Denver at 12 pm in the Cox Pavilion.


UNLV SWIMMING AND DIVING NEWS: Several 2012 Olympians, Including Missy Franklin, Highlight The UNLV Fall Invitational On Thursday-Saturday




Four top-25 teams, including No. 25 UNLV men and No. 1 Cal women, are among the 11-team field

 The UNLV men’s and women’s swimming and diving program will host one of its biggest home meets in recent history this weekend, as 11 teams including four top-25 squads are coming to the UNLV Fall Invitational, held Thursday-Saturday in Buchanan Natatorium on the UNLV campus. The field includes the No. 1 ranked California women, who bring in a pair of gold medal winners from the 2012 Olympics including Missy Franklin. Action starts each morning with the preliminaries at 9 am each day, while finals begin at 5 pm on Thursday and Friday, and 4 pm on Saturday. Admission is $5 per session, or $20 for an all-session pass (six total sessions). Children 12 and under are free.

The total field has 10 teams on the women’s side, as joining Cal and the host Rebels are No. 17 UCLA, Arizona State, BYU, Colorado State, Northern Arizona, Oregon State, UC Santa Barbara, and Wyoming. The men’s meet features seven squads, led by No. 5 Stanford and No. 25 UNLV, along with Arizona State, BYU, Northern Arizona, UCSB and Wyoming.

Live results will be available at UNLVRebels.com, and can also be accessed through mobile devices though the free Meet Mobile app.

UNLV SWIMMING AND DIVING NEWS: Rebels Split Duel Meet At Arizona State




Competing in the state of Arizona for the second time in as many days, the UNLV swimming and diving team earned a split in a dual meet contest at Arizona State on Saturday afternoon. The Rebel men evened their record at 1-1 with a 192-105 win over the Sun Devils, while UNLV dropped the women’s competition by a 198.5-98.5 margin to fall to 0-2.

The Rebel men dominated their meet from start to finish, claiming first place in 12 of the 14 swimming events, including both relays. Giacomo Gremizzi paced the way with three individual wins on the day, coming in the 200 free (1:38.90), the 200 breast (2:02.41) and the 400 IM (3:53.99). UNLV also had a pair of double-winners, with Matt Roe taking first in both distance events, with times of 9:28.68 in the 1000 free and 4:34.73 in the 500 free. The second double winner was Balint Batka, in the 200 fly (1:47.34) and the 200 back (1:51.24). Other winners on the day included David Szele in the 100 breast (55.32), Dillon Virva in the 50 free (20.06) and Samuel Lameynardie in the 100 free (44.84).

The winning 400 medley relay squad for the Rebel men was made up of Henrique Machado, Szele, Batka and Lamaynardie, who teamed up to finish in a first place time of 3:18.55. The final event of the day, the 200 free relay, was won by the quartet of Virva, Guilherme Passos, Szele and Tom Paco-Pedroni with a time of 1:21.38.

On the women’s side, the Rebels posted wins in two events, beginning with Katelyne Herrington’s first place swim in the 100 fly, with a time of 54.85. The other first place for UNLV came from the 200 free relay, as Rachel Dixon, Elena Gavrilova, Julia Fehervari and Herrington recorded a winning time of 1:35.02. Earning second place finishes against Arizona State included Jessica Wong (100 back), Janelle Nguyen (200 fly), Gavrilova (50 free) and Kristina Hendrick (400 IM).

The Rebels’ next competition will be on Friday, Nov. 1, with a home meet against Toronto at 7 pm in Buchanan Natatorium.

UNLV SWIMMING AND DIVING NEWS: Rebels Fall In Season Opener At Arizona




The UNLV men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams dropped their season opener on Friday afternoon at Arizona, with the Rebel men falling by a 208-91 score to the 23rd ranked Wildcats, and the UNLV women suffering a 183-109 loss.

On the men’s side, UNLV did post a total of four first-place swims on the afternoon. Matt Roe won the first individual race of the day, touching first in the 1000 free in 9:24.44. Balint Batka claimed the 200 fly in 1:48.76, while Dillon Virva posted a winning time of 20.26 in the 50 free. The final win for the UNLV men was in the 200 IM, with Giacomo Gremizzi placing first in 1:50.18.

Two Rebel women each won one event against Arizona. Jessica Heim placed first in the 500 free, posting a time of 5:02.99. The other win came from Katelyne Herrington in the 100 fly, thanks to a first-place time of 54.95.

UNLV stays in the state of Arizona for its next competition, on Saturday at Arizona State in Tempe starting at 12 pm.

UNLV SWIMMING AND DIVING NEWS: Rebels Open Season This Weekend At Arizona, Arizona State




The UNLV men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams open the 2013-14 season with a pair of meets in the state of Arizona. First up is the University of Arizona on Friday at 2 pm in Tucson, and that’s followed by a Saturday afternoon meet at 12 pm against Arizona State in Tucson.

UNLV swimming and diving weekly release

Rebel Women Highlights

• The Rebels bring back a strong group from last year, highlighted by a senior class that has two All-Americans (Honorable Mention), Rachel Dixon (50 Free) and Katelyne Herrington (100 Fly)

• Herrington is also a returning MW individual champion, as she won the 100 fly title last year in a new league record time. Herrington and Dixon also made up half of the 400 free relay squad that won the MW title.

Rebel Men Highlights

• UNLV ended the 2012-13 season with an 8-1 record, ranked 25th in the nation, a MPSF Championship title, and a tie for 29th in the NCAA Championships
• UNLV is in its third conference in the past four years, as the Rebels have rejoined the WAC conference, along with several other teams that moved over from the MPSF
• Highlighting the Rebel swimmers are a pair that earned Honorable Mention All-American status last year in individual events, David Szele (100 breast) and Balint Batka (200 fly). In addition, Henrique Machado Samuel Lameynardie  teamed up with Szele and Cody Roberts (graduated) to place 12th in the 400 Medley Relay

Next Time Out
The Rebels will host Toronto on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 pm in Las Vegas at Buchanan Natatorium.





Derek Starks has been named as diving coach for the UNLV men’s and women’s swimming and diving team, head coach Jim Reitz announced on Monday. Starks replaces Julie Weddle, who left for the head diving coach position at New Mexico in August.

Starks comes to Las Vegas from California, where he served as the national and international team director for Mission Viejo Nadadores Diving since 2007. He oversaw the coaching for the junior olympic and senior level divers, as well as at all national and international competitions for the team. While as the coach for the Nadadores, the team won a total of 14 medals at the age group national championships and 26 junior national championship medals. International meets that Starks has coached at include the UANA Junior Pan American Games in 2011 (two medals) and the 2012 CAMO International Invitational in 2012 (two medals).

He competed in college at the University of Miami, and was the ACC Diver of the Year in 2006. He earned three All-American honors (10-meters in 2004 and 2005, and on the 1-meter in 2006), and honorable mention in 2005 on the 1-meter. As a freshman, he earned Big East Most Outstanding Diver honors in 2004. He also competed at the US Olympic Trials and the US Diving Nationals during his collegiate career. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration while majoring in entrepreneurship in 2007.

“We are excited to have Derek join our Rebel family this season,” said Reitz. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as well as a passion for the sport that will take our divers to the next level.”

UNLV SWIMMING AND DIVING NEWS: Rebels Announce 2013-14 Schedule




Rebels will have eight home meets during the season

The UNLV men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams keeps alive several annual series and also will host a very competitive invitational this fall, as the athletic department released the Rebels’ 2013-14 schedule on Friday.

2013-14 UNLV Swimming and Diving schedule

A total of eight schools from a year ago make a repeat appearance on slate for UNLV this season, starting with road meets at Pac-12 members Arizona on Oct. 25 and at Arizona State on Oct. 26 to open the year. UNLV’s home opener will be against the University of Toronto on Nov. 1, and then its back on the road again for a pair of dual meets at former Mountain West schools Utah and BYU, on Nov. 8 and 9, respectively.

Then comes perhaps the highlight of the regular season, the UNLV Fall Invitational, held on Nov. 21-23 in Buchanan Natatorium. There will be seven men’s teams competing, including four that scored at last year’s NCAA championships (Arizona State – 18th, Stanford – 7th, UNLV – 29th, Wyoming – 40th), along with BYU, Northern Arizona and UCSB. On the women’s side, there are three teams that scored last year that will be attending, led by California, 2013 NCAA runner-ups. Also coming is UCLA (17th) and Arizona State (23rd), along with BYU, Northern Arizona, Oregon State, UCSB and UNLV.

That will conclude the competition in the 2013 calendar year. UNLV will return to action after the new year on Jan. 11 at UCSB, and then will host a quad-meet along with Air Force, CSU Bakersfield and Denver on Jan. 25. The dual meet season will conclude the next weekend with another home meet, this time against Wyoming and the women’s squad from Nevada, Reno, on Feb. 1.

UNLV will then take off for conference championships, with the women up first at the Mountain West meet on Feb. 19-22 at the Palo Alto Aquatics Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Rebel men, competing in their third conference in the past four years, have rejoined the Western Athletic Conference and will compete in the 2014 WAC Championships on Feb. 26-Mar. 1. That meet will also be held in the Palo Alto Aquatics Center. This year’s women’s NCAA Championships will be held on March 20-22 in Minneapolis, Minn., while the men’s will be on March 27-29 in Austin, Texas.

The Rebels returns the majority of a men’s squad that won the 2013 MPSF Championship and finished 29th at the NCAA Championships, including four swimmers that earned honorable mention All-American status. The women meanwhile bring back a strong group that is expected to challenge for a top-three finish in the Mountain West.