UNLV’S JESSICA WONG NAMED MW WOMEN’S SWIMMER OF THE WEEK
UNLV junior Jessica Wong was named the Mountain West Swimmer of the Week on Monday after leading the Rebels to a six-point win over UC Santa Barbara last week, the league office announced today. It’s the first weekly honor of Wong’s career, and she is the first swimmer from the women’s squad to earn weekly honors this season.
A native of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Wong came up big right when the Rebels needed a spark, rallying the team to a 134-128 victory over the Gauchos on Jan. 17 in Las Vegas. With the Rebels trailing by a 104-103 score with three events left, Wong keyed the come-from-behind victory by first winning the 100 fly in 56.80. That helped UNLV go 1-2-4 in the event to take a 118-108 lead over the Gauchos.
In the very next event, Wong swam again, this time adding a second-place swim thanks to a time of 2:07.24 in the 200 IM. That helped keep UNLV ahead by one point, and the Rebels would go on to win the final relay to earn the win, the team’s second straight dual meet victory.
Wong swam the fly leg on the meet’s first event, the 200 medley relay, won by UNLV in a time of 1:44.54, .27 seconds ahead of UCSB. She added a second individual win, this time in the 200 back in a time of 2:03.18, almost a full second and a half ahead of the next best swimmer.
For the afternoon, she finished with two individual wins, a relay win, and a second place finish in UNLV’s second straight victory.
The Rebels will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 24, when it hosts Air Force at 12 pm in Buchanan Natatorium.