Nevada swim and dive hosted several meets at Lombardi Pool over the weekend, winning both. On Friday, Oct. 25, Nevada hosted Fresno State followed by the University of California, Davis the following day.
Nevada swim and dive now sit at 4-0 on the year, including two wins over Mountain West opponents—Fresno St. and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Oct. 25: Fresno State
Led by Josien Wijkhuijs and Andressa Cholodovskis, Nevada picked up first place victories in 12 of the 15 events. Both of these swimmers were key contributors in the Pack’s victory, picking up a pair of first-place finishes each.
Wijkhuijs took first place in the 100-yard fly with a time of 55.48. Her second victory came in the 50-yard Freestyle Swim, finishing with a time of 23.83.
Meanwhile, Cholodovskis took first in the 200-yard and 100-yard Freestyle Swim. She finished with times of 1:51.39 and 51.80, respectively.
Also contributing to the Wolf Pack victory was Wiktoria Samula and Imogen Watson. Samula finished first in both the 100-yard—recording a time of 1:02.05—and the 200-yard Breaststroke, finishing her heat with a time of 2:15.84.
Watson took first place in the 100-yard Backstroke with a time of 55.94. The 19-year-old also finished second place in the 200-yard Backstroke, finishing just two seconds behind the leader, Athena Clayson of Fresno St.
Rounding out the victory for Nevada was the dive team, who had one first-place finisher. Laura Isabel Vazquez Lopez scored a 358.13 on the 3-meter dive, followed by her teammate Linnea Sorensen, who was the only other diver to score over a 300.
Oct. 26: UC Davis
Continuing off of their success from a day earlier, Nevada swim and dive took another overall victory on the season against UC Davis. Many familiar names from the previous meet again stepped up to provide the Pack a spark including Watson, Samula and Wijkhuijs.
The three were part of the Wolf Pack’s 200-yard Medley Relay squad which took first place to open the day of competition. Rounding out the relay team is Ileah Doctor, who helped Nevada finish with a time of 1:43.26.
The victory in the relay helped set the tone for the day, as the Pack went on to win 13 of the 16 events held throughout the meet.
Samula again contributed in a big way, taking first place in the 100-yard Breaststroke, posting a time 1:02.96. Two more Wolf Pack athletes, Nicolette Jasko and Valerie Kitchens, followed up just behind Samula to take second and third place respectively.
The final event of the night saw Nevada close out the meet with a bang, taking first place in the 200-yard Freestyle Relay. The winning relay squad was comprised of Jasko, Doctor, Wijkhuijs and Colette Berkenfield. With their combined efforts, the squad managed to post a time of 1:35.88.
Nevada swim and dive next hit the pool on Nov. 2, when they host Boise State at the Lombardi Pool for an MWC match-up. Boise St. is coming off an impressive 200 point margin of victory over Pepperdine.
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