UNLV Men defeat Utah for the first time since 2000

Utah vs UNLV (Men)

  • November 6, 2021
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • SCY double encounter
  • Team scores
  • Full results

The UNLV men dominated the University of Utah for the first time since 2000 at home on Saturday. Both programs had swam a double annual competition from 1998 to 2002, but took a hiatus until the annual series restarted in the 2017-18 season. The Rebels’ victory ends Utah’s four-game winning streak against UNLV.

Junior Panos Bolanos, who won his three individual events that day, paved the way for the Rebels. The All-American of Athens, Greece started his day winning the 100 backstroke in 48.85 to claim the victory over Parker McOmber of Utah. Bolanos later returned to complete the backstroke with a time of 1: 46.35 in the 200. In his third and final individual event of the day, the 200 IM, Bolanos took a huge 3-second lead in the 100 and never looked back, taking the win in a season best of 1: 50.13. Bolanos’ best backstroke results of the season stand at 47.48 in the 100 and 1: 44.01 in the USC Invite 200 in October.

Freshman Adnan Beji and Elder Reece Hemmens have also won several events for UNLV. Beji, from Tunisia, swept the breaststroke races for the Rebels, winning the 100 in 54.72 and the 200 in 2: 01.13. Beji’s best season records stand at 54.37 out of 100 and 1: 57.65 from last month’s USC Invitational. Hemmens, a native of Newport Beach, Calif., Swept through the free sprints winning the 50 in 20.40 and the 100 in 45.23. Hemmens’ best season records were also set at USC Invite, where he posted a 20.04 in the 50 and 45.14 in the 100.

Utah was led by second Marko Kovacic and senior Ben Waterman, who each won an individual event for the Utes. Kovavic, from Bosnia and Herzegovina, won the 200 freestyle in 1: 39.01, which is right next to his season record of 1: 38.73 from two weeks ago in the duel of the ‘Utah with Cal in Salt Lake City. Waterman, a senior from Albuquerque, New Mexico, won the 100 butterfly in 48.33, a season record scoring nearly 8 tenths.

Utah were also strong on the boards, with senior Tony Chen sweeping the 1- and 3-meter diving events. The Cypress, Calif. All-American won the 1-yard dominant with a score of 401.15, then later returned to win the 3-yard with a score of 331.50.

Other winners of the individual event:

  • 1000 free: Cameron Castro (UNLV): 9: 21.07
  • 200 flies: Andrew Navarro (UNLV): 1: 50.48
  • 500 free: Christopher Mykkanen (UNLV): 4: 33.72

The UNLV will return Nov. 18-20 when it travels east to compete in the Tennessee Invitational in Knoxville, while Utah will take several weeks off before heading to Princeton for the Princeton Invitation from 3-5. December.

About Joyce Hill

Check Also

What Utah’s “Dirty Soda” Craze Tells Us About Regional Isolation

There’s something comforting about the universality of soda. Any branded cola in the deep recesses …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.