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March 2, 2014
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Alumni notebook: Virva swims into WAC record books


What a week it was for 2012 Nevada Union graduate Dillon Virva.

The UNLV swimmer won several individual and relay team medals while breaking records along the way at the Western Athletic Conference championships held in San Antonio, Texas. The Rebels also won the overall team event for the first time since 2000.

Virva got things started Wednesday when his 200-yard medley relay team set a new pool, WAC and conference meet record with a time of 1 minute, 25.33 seconds. The time was also good enough to automatically qualify them for the NCAA meet.

On Thursday, Virva set a new WAC and pool record in the 50 free with a time of 19.11 to win his first individual gold medal. The pool record had been held by Olympian Cullen Jones since 2006.  Virva also posted an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the event.

Virva was also on the UNLV 200 free relay team that took first place with a time of 1:17.47, setting new WAC and pool record.

On Friday, Virva added his second individual gold with a win in the 100 butterfly. Virva swam a 46.65 to earn an NCAA provisional qualifying mark.

On the final day of the competition, Virva and his 400 free relay team set another WAC and pool record with a time of 2:52.86, and in the process earned yet another automatic bid to the NCAA meet.

The Division-I NCAA Championships are set for March 27-29 in Austin, Texas.

Baseball

Brandon O’Callaghan (Nevada Union 2013; Yuba College) and the 49ers (5-7) lost a pair of games against Sierra College.

O’Callaghan went 2-for-7 over the two game stretch with a run scored and a stolen base.

Chris Porter (Nevada Union 2011; Cal State East Bay) and the Pioneers (8-7) went 1-2 last week in a series against Hawaii Pacific.

Porter saw action in one game and went 0-for-4 from the plate.

James Harris (Bear River 2012; Solano Community College) and the Falcons (1-9) dropped a pair of games last week, falling to American River, 6-5, and Sacramento, 11-0.

Harris threw seven innings in the loss to American River, allowing seven hits and three earned runs while striking out six. He took a no-decision.

Zach Welz (Bear River 2011, Texas Southern University) and the Tigers (5-8) won three of five games last week, beating Grambling State twice, and topping the university of New Orleans once.

Welz, coming off a back injury, played in two games, going 4-for-8 with three runs scored, three RBIs and a double.

Softball

Maddie Phelps (Bear River 2012; Sierra College) picked up two mercy-rule wins for Sierra College (13-3), beating Reedley College and Los Mendanos College.

Against Reedley College, Phelps pitched six innings while scattering five hits with one strikeout, no walks and no earned runs in the 13-1 victory. In the win over Los Mendanos College, Phelps pitched four innings, giving up one hit with one strikeouts and no walks or earned runs in the 10-1 win. Phelps lowered her ERA to a stingy 0.62 with her work this past week. Phelps is 5-0 for Sierra College who begin conference play on Saturday against Santa Rosa College.

Katie Mathis (Bear River 2010; San Diego State) and the Aztecs (11-6) got in a pair of games at the San Diego Classic before the rain washed the rest of the tourney away. The Aztecs beat BYU and lost to No. 2 Tennessee.

Mathis was 1-for-7 with an RBI in the two games.

Brianna Nicholson (Nevada Union 2010; Cal State Stanislaus) and the Warriors (8-11) split a double header with San Francisco State on Saturday.

Nicholson had a double in each game and finished the two game set 2-for-6 with an RBI.

Stephanie Ceo (Bear River 2012; University of Texas) and the Longhorns (13-9) went 5-0 last week at the Texas Classic, beating Louisiana-Monroe and Texas Southern twice and Southern Mississippi once.

Over the five game stretch, Ceo was 4-for-10 with three runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base.

Courtney Ceo (Bear River 2010; University of Oregon) and the Ducks (18-2) went 4-1 at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic, beating Auburn, Bradley, Maryland and Illinois, but losing to Florida.

Ceo went 5-for-14 at the plate and scored two runs at the tourney.

Basketball

Marc Hopkinson (Nevada Union 2009; Tabor College) and the Blue Jays (19-12) won a pair of games in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference basketball tournament last week, beating Saint Mary’s University, 74-68, and Friends University, 90-81, to advance to the KCAC championship Monday.

Hopkinson managed just one point in the Saint Mary’s game, but netted 12 against Friends University, hitting three 3-pointers and sinking 3-of-4 free throws.

Rugby

Daniel Agness (Nevada Union 2010; Stanford) helped lead the Stanford Cardinal rugby team to a 64-12 victory over San Francisco State Saturday.

Agness is a senior at Stanford.

He is president of the club and captain of the rugby team for the past two years.

The team is 5-3 overall and 3-0 in conference play.

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