Nevada swim falls short before Mountain West Championships

Photo by Rachel Jackson. Dance pushes off the wall to get ahead of Washington component.

Nevada women’s swim takes their second loss of the season against Washington State University 119-142 at home on Jan. 28.

Event one was the 200 yard medley relay. Relay A included Kyla Alexander, Wiktoria Samula, Josien Wijkhuijs and Coco Berkenfield. They finished first at 1:44.52 and gained 11 points for Nevada. Washington State took second, third and fifth place. Relay B for Nevada placed fourth and Relay C placed sixth. 

In the 400 yard freestyle relay, Nevada Relay A placed second and Relay B placed fifth. Relay A included Nikki Jasko, Caitlyn McHugh, Samula and Berkenfield. Their time was 3:32.37 which was 2.47 behind first place. Mikayla Dance, Emma Brady, Julia Adamczyk and Val Kitchens were in Relay B and had a time of 3:39.48.

Nevada placed second, fourth, fifth and sixth in the 400 yard IM. Donna dePolo came in second and gained four points for the team. Gianni Pitto grabbed fourth at 4:37.63 and right behind was Destiny Kling and Reese Lamph. 

The 1000 yard freestyle gained seven points for Nevada. Adamczyk finished second at 10:37.01 and Dance was right behind at 10:43.27. Nevada gained five points in the 500 yard freestyle. McHugh placed third at 5:10.86 and Brady was fourth at 5:20.76. McHugh took first place in the 200 yard freestyle and gained nine points with a time of 1:53.36 while Brady and Lamph came in sixth and seventh. 

Photo by Rachel Jackson. McHugh placed second third in the 1000 yard freestyle.

Berkenfield took third in the 100 yard freestyle and gained three points for her time of 52.92. Jasko came in sixth and added one point for Nevada ay 53.97. In the 50 yard freestyle, Wijkhuijs took second and Berkenfield took fourth. 

Wijkhuijs improved in the 100 yard backstroke and got first with a time of 56.07. Alexander came in third, Daniela Piccinini got fourth and Montana Lloyd came in sixth. The 200 yard backstroke did not see as much success for Nevada. Piccinini was third at 2:07.77, Lloyd came in fifth as Alexander placed sixth. 

Nevada dominated in the breaststroke. Samula and dePolo tied for first place in the 100 yard at 1:03.40. Jasko came in sixth at 1:07.78. Samula placed first in the 200 yard breaststroke and gained nine points for Nevada. dePolo came in second at 2:18.93. Pitto and Dance followed in fourth and fifth. 

Wijkhuijs got another first place finish in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 55.97. Adamczyk came in fourth and gained two points for Nevada. In the 200 yard butterfly, Kling placed second and Reka Nagy got third at 2:14.39.  

Nevada swim and dive is now 5-2 overall and 2-1 in conference. The Mountain West Championships are next for Nevada and they start on Feb. 16 and go until Feb. 19 in College Station, Texas. 


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