ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: NU alumnus Virva shines on Senior Day |

ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: NU alumnus Virva shines on Senior Day

Dillon Virva, a 2012 Nevada Union graduate, competes for UNLV during a competition against Wyoming over the weekend.
Submitted photo by Diane von Wedel |

Competing at his home pool for the last time as a member of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas swim team Dillon Virva, a 2012 Nevada Union graduate, turned in another strong effort on Senior Day.

Virva, a senior, won the 50-yard freestyle event with a time of 19.89 seconds. Virva also placed fourth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 50.3, just .47 seconds slower than the first place finisher.

Despite Virva’s efforts, UNLV still lost the dual meet against Wyoming.

Next up for Virva is the Western Athletic Conference Championships Feb. 24-28.

Lisa Ellis (Nevada Union ‘13; San Jose State University) helped the Spartans win their final dual meet of the season, beating Fresno State Saturday.

Ellis, a junior, took fourth in the 200 backstroke, fifth in the 100 backstroke, was part of the Spartans 200 medley relay team that placed fifth and the 400 freestyle relay team that earned fifth.

Next up for Ellis is the Mountain West Conference Championships Feb. 17-20.

Grace Baker (Nevada Union ‘15; Lewis and Clark College) helped the Pioneers win their final dual of the season, topping the University of the Pacific.

Baker, a freshmen, placed fourth in the 200 breaststroke. Baker will now prepare for the upcoming Northwest Conference Championships set for Feb. 12-14.

Hayley Winter (Bear River ‘14; Dartmouth College) and the Big Green women came up short as a team in their second to last dual meet of the season, losing to the University of Connecticut, 160-121.

Winter, a sophomore, placed third in the women’s 1,000 freestyle event and took fifth in the 500 freestyle.

Shane Anderson (Bear River ‘15; University of Kentucky) and the Wildcats closed the dual season with a convincing win over Cincinnati Saturday.

Anderson, a freshmen, placed fifth in the 50 freestyle event and was part of a 200 medley relay team that earned third place.


Dalton Maxwell (Nevada Union ‘15; Menlo College) and the Oaks opened the season with three straight wins over William Jessup, but followed that with three losses in a row to Chico State.

Maxwell, a freshmen shortstop, went 2-for-9 with an RBI from the plate in the series against William Jessup. In the three-game set against Chico State, Maxwell was 4-for-9 with a double and a run scored.

Next up for Maxwell and the Oaks is a matchup with Holy Names today.

Dustin Zeisler (Nevada Union ‘12; Holy Names University) and the Hawks dropped their first two games of the season, falling to Cal State Monterey Bay in a double header Friday.

Zeisler, a senior shortstop, went 2-for-4 in the opening game of the season and 0-4 in the following game.

Have we missed anyone? If you know of a college or professional athlete with local ties, email or call 530-477-4232.

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