REBEL MEN GEAR UP TO HOST WAC SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Rebel divers will head to Northern Arizona’s Aquatics Complex for the WAC diving competition
UNLV men’s swimming and diving is geared up to host its first conference championship at Jim Reitz Pool since 1995 when it opens up for the swimming portion of the 2021 Western Athletic Conference Championships from Feb. 24-27. The Rebel men’s divers will head to the Grand Canyon State for the WAC’s diving competition from Feb. 25-27 hosted at Northern Arizona’s Aquatics Complex.
Events will begin Wednesday with the 200 medley and 800 free relays at 6 pm, while the swimming prelims are scheduled for 11 am and finals are at 6 pm from Thursday-Saturday. The diving competition opens with prelims at 10:30 am on Thursday, 2:30 pm Friday and again at 10:30 am on Saturday. For the diving finals, the men’s competition will take place at 6:30 pm Thursday, 7:30 pm Friday and then return Saturday at 6:15 pm.
Last year’s second-place finishers, the Rebel men will look to ride the wave of the Scarlet and Gray’s women’s team MW Championship in pursuit of their own conference title at the squad’s home pool. In the WAC Swimming and Diving Pre-Championships Poll, UNLV was voted to finish first by the league’s six head coaches with five first-place votes and 25 points.
Entering the WAC event, Vuk Celic and junior Ivan Zhukau spearheaded UNLV’s list of top swimmers with a pair of WAC-best times on the season. Celic ranks atop the WAC season rankings in the 500 free (4:22.07) and 1650 free (15:02.85), while Zhukau stands atop the same chart in the 200 breast (1:58.15) and 400 IM (3:56.96).
For the UNLV diving crew, senior Jesse Cawley returns to defend his WAC title on the 10-meter platform. Earlier this season, the Scarlet and Gray diving standout won the platform event at UCLA’s Bruin Diving Invitational with a score of 317.40 in the finals. In addition, Cawley leads the team on the 3-meter (330.00) and 1-meter (300.45) boards.
Fans can enjoy the action via livestream of the finals on ESPN+ for domestic viewers and WAC Digital Network for international viewers with Ben Wilson on the play-by-play call. The prelims will be broadcast via the WAC Facebook Live and WACDigital Network. To follow live results, visit the MW Championship Central page. It can also be followed through the league’s social media channels on Twitter (@WACsports) and Instagram (WACsports) for each day’s event updates. Followers are encouraged to use the hashtag #WACsd when posting throughout the week.