Men’s team aiming for top 25 ranking while Mariah Skeen leads the way for the women
The UNLV swimming & diving team heads to Columbia, Missouri this week for the Mizzou Invite.
They will be looking to get back on track after a flat performance at the Arizona Diving Invitational, where the mens’ team had a realistic shot at breaking into the top 25 nationally, but fell short.
The event was dominated by the host school, as No. 13 University of Arizona won three of the six major dives. The Stanford University Cardinal were also impressive, as they racked up wins and moved to second in the nation.
It was obvious from the start that although the Rebels are improving as a team, they weren’t ready to compete with the top teams in the country.
The lone bright spot for the Rebels was women’s senior diver Mariah Skeen. Skeen was the only diver from UNLV to finish in the top eight and qualify for the championship dives.
In the Women’s 1-meter dive Skeen notched an impressive score of 261.75, which was good enough to qualify her for the final. There she put up an excellent score of 285.40.
With that gaudy score Skeen finished fifth in the event, which was by far the best finish by any Rebel in Arizona.
Skeen will look to keep that going, and lead the Rebels to a victory this week against the University of Missouri-Columbia.
The mens’ team will look to their sophomore from France, Samuel K. Lameynardie, to lead them against the Tigers.
Lameynardie qualified with the fastest time in the 100-yard freestyle with a seed time of 45.24. He enters the event as the No. 1 seed and the sizeable favorite to win it.
Unlike the last meet, the Rebels shouldn’t be outmatched against Missouri; the two teams are ranked right next to each other at No. 26 and No. 27, respectively.
Other schools that will be competing in the Mizzou Invite include Boise State University, Drury University, Florida International University, and the University of California Davis.
The winner of this meet is likely to move up into the top 25, which would be a great achievement for UNLV this early in the season.