BYU swim and dive heads to Las Vegas today to compete against long-time rivals, the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels.
Last year’s dual meet was a close battle in which the BYU men’s team lost 176-118 with the BYU women’s team winning 186-114. The women have kept ahead of UNLV in all their meets for the past nine years, whereas the men have not defeated UNLV since their Provo meet in 2007.
“Mentally, I think it’s been hard because we’ve lost our last two dual meets,” Junior swimmer Kimberly Welch Doroghian said. “But I think the biggest thing is staying positive and having everyone make sure they are doing their part on the team to make sure we come out on top.”
Doroghian performed well in last week’s meet against Cal, placing second in the 200 medley relay, being the first cougar to finish in the 100 fly and finishing fourth in the 400 free relay.
“UNLV just beat Denver last weekend,” Head Coach John Brooks said in a press release. “They have a great guy’s and girl’s team and we’re going to look to battle it out down in the desert against them this weekend.”
Senior Brady Wells is a captain for the men’s team and looks forward to the duel.
“UNLV, along with Denver, are probably the toughest competition in our conference,” Wells said. “UNLV has historically been the predominant program in swimming before our switch to the MPSF. So UNLV and Denver are our closest competition and this will be a good evaluator to see where we are right now.
The Cougars and Rebels will race in the Buchanan Natatorium today and results for the meet can be checked on the men’s schedule page.