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Nevada swim and dive falls to UNLV in season opener

Nevada swim and dive falls to UNLV in season opener{ }(David Calvert, Nevada athletics)

The University of Nevada swim and dive team fell to UNLV in its first dual of the season Saturday, 196-103.

“We swam with a lot of determination today, and I was happy with our attitude and effort. We will get much better and peak for the conference meet,” said head coach Brendon Bray. “On the dive side, I couldn't be happier with their performance. Hats off to Jian Li and the divers with two, 1-2-3 finishes.”

The Nevada divers claimed first, second and third place in every diving event. Junior Isa Vazquez Lopez led the Pack, claiming first in the 1 and 3-meter with final scores of 322.50 and 368.77.

In addition to Vazquez Lopez, Pack divers Jessie Nowotny and Linnea Sorensen registered strong performances. Nowotny and Sorensen finished in second and third place in the 1-meter with final scores of 313.27 and 310.87. In the 3-meter, Sorensen and Nowotny notched second and third finishes.

Reno native Donna dePolo came out on top Saturday’s meet in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2.19.98. In addition to her top finish in the 200 breaststroke, dePolo took third in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.20. dePolo also claimed second in the 200 IM with a time of 2:09.10. Sophomore Benedict Nagy finished the 200 IM in third with a final time of 2:09.12.

Junior Wiktoria Samula claimed first and second in the 100 and 200 breaststroke with times of 1:03.75 and 2:20.06.

Nevada’s Josien Wijkhuijs, Wiktoria Samula, Julia Adamczyk and Colette Berkenfield came in second in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:45.32.

Up next, the Pack is set to face UC-Davis (date TBA) before the Mountain West Championships. Nevada dive travels to the Air Force Diving Invitational on Feb. 5-6.

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