Alumni Notebook: Virva Sets PRs at US Open Swimming Championships |

Alumni Notebook: Virva Sets PRs at US Open Swimming Championships

Dillon Virva swims in the 100 meter free at the US Open Swimming Championships last week in Irvine. Virva set new personal records in every race.
Diane von Wedel/courtesy | Diane von Wedel/courtesy

Dillon Virva, a 2012 Nevada Union graduate and swimmer for UNLV Rebels, competed at the US Open Swimming Championships in Irvine this past week and recorded multiple personal records throughout the course of the meet.

Virva took 18th overall this weekend in the 50 meter free with a person best of 22.88 seconds to finish second in his C Final heat, which broke his previous record set earlier in the meet of 23.20 seconds. He also achieved another lifetime best time in the 100 meter free with 51.22 seconds.

“Every event I swam a new best,” said Virva. “I had high goals for mysellf. I had no complaints about it. They video your race and you can go watch it immediately after. It’s very high caliber. Everyone was a little nervous, but it was a fun atmosphere at the same time.”

Throughout the summer, Virva has swam under the direction of coach Larry Gruver representing Northern Sierra Aquatics who was more than impressed with the showing Virva displayed.

“The US Open is basically the National Championships,” said Gruver. “The Lochtes and Phelps are all over in Barcelona right now for the World Championships so this is the best of the rest. The qualifying times for this meet were the same as for the 2012 Olympic time trials. There were swimmers from Ireland, Australia, Japan — it’s a tough meet historically. Six local swimmers, off the top of my head have made it here and to be in one of the top final heats is an accomplishment. (Virva) is ranked in the top 100 in the US now.”

The US Open caps off Virva’s summer training campaign with Gruver, and now the swimming phenom will enjoy a few weeks of rest before heading back to UNLV for his sophomore year.

“He’s a great swimmer,” added Gruver. “He’s done everything I’ve asked and made us coaches look good since he’s such a good athlete — definitely one of the best I’ve ever coached in my 50 years.”


Josh Roenicke (Nevada Union ’01) Minnesota Twins– Roenicke appeared in four games last week and allowed no runs as the Twins were swept by Kansas City and then turned things around to sweep Houston in a three-game series.

In Tuesday’s 7-2 home loss versus the Royals, Roenicke pitched one inning of relief and yielded no hits, no runs and one walk and struck out a batter. In another 7-2 loss against the Royals Thursday, he tossed a shutout inning and surrendered just one walk and fanned a batter. On Friday, the Twins welcomed the Astros to town and Roenicke turned in a solid inning of work getting all three batters he faced to ground out as Minnesota won 4-3 in 13 innings on a Brian Doizer walkoff RBI single. Doizer also hit in an RBI in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game 3-3. Minnesota completed the sweep of Houston Sunday with a 3-2 victory where Roenicke remained brilliant and contributed 1 1/3 innings without allowing any runs. He faced five batters and gave up just one hit and also recorded a strikeout.

The Twins (48-60) remain in fourth in the American League Central division, and Roenicke’s 4 1/3 scoreless innings dropped his ERA to 3.11. Minnesota will visit the Kansas CIty Royals for a three-game series beginning today.


Erik Flores (Nevada Union, ’05) Tour– Flores played in his ninth tournament of the year last week and made the cut to advance to weekend play where he finished tied for 49th with a four-round score of 288 (+4) in the Mylan Classic at Southpointe Golf Club in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.

In the opening round of Thursday’s golf action, Flores posted a round of 72 (+1) as he birdied three holes but made bogies on four. He had his best performance in Friday’s second round where he made seven birdies through the first 15 holes, but then found some trouble as he closed out his day with three consecutive bogies to finish with a 67 (-4). On Saturday, the trouble continued as he managed only one birdie, bogied twice and also double- and triple-bogied to enter the clubhouse with a 77 (+6). Flores showed great improvement in Sunday’s final round, however, with a 72 (+1) as he birdied four holes, but he still had his share of blunders.

Flores has now made 5-of-9 cuts on the season and boasts $17,400 in total winnings. Next up on the Tour is the Price Cutter Charity Championship at Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield, Mo.

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