ALUMNI: Virva races Olympians, takes 7th |

ALUMNI: Virva races Olympians, takes 7th

Nevada Union graduate Dillon Virva, middle, competes in the 50-meter freestyle race at the Santa Clara Grand Prix. Virva finished seventh.
Submitted photo by Diane von Wedel |

Olympic hopeful and 2011 Nevada Union graduate Dillon Virva, competed at the Santa Clara Grand Prix Saturday where he dove in against past Olympians.

Competing in the 50-meter free style race, Virva raced a field of former Olympians and finished seventh with a time of 22.57 seconds.

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Nathan Adrian, who currently holds the American record in the long course 50-meter freestyle event, won the race with a time of 21.68.

Virva will continue his preparations for the Olympic Trials in Omaha June 25.

While at Nevada Union, Virva was a two-time High School All-American in the 50 free and the 100 fly. He also holds school records in both those events. After graduating from Nevada Union, Virva was a standout for the UNLV swim team, winning the Western Athletic Conference Men’s Swimmer of the year in 2015. His personal best in the 50 free came at the NCAA Swimming Championships in March, when he recorded a WAC and UNLV record time of 19.07.


Josh Roenicke, a 2001 Nevada Union graduate and Inland Empire 66ers pitcher came out of the bullpen twice last week, throwing 2 1/3 innings of relief against Lancaster and tossing another two innings of relief against Rancho Cucamonga.

Roenicke was strong in his appearances, allowing no runs and just one hit while striking out two against Lancaster.

Facing Rancho Cucamonga, he didn’t allow a run, gave up one hit and struck out three. For the season, Roenicke has appeared in eight games, thrown 14 innings, has a 3.21 ERA and 12 strikeouts.

This is Roenicke’s first season with the 66ers after spending parts of the last two seasons with Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Roenicke had bounced around the Majors from 2008-2013, having stints with the Cincinnati Reds, Toronto Blue Jays, Colorado Rockies and Minnesota Twins.

The 66ers are an Advanced Class A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels.

Zach Welz, a 2011 Bear River graduate and Inland Empire outfielder got off to a rocky start to the month, but quickly snapped out of it.

After three-straight hitless games, Welz went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored against Rancho Cucamonga. Welz has played in 28 games for the 66ers, has a .255 batting average with five doubles, a home run, five RBIs and three stolen bases.

The 66ers are currently 19-38 overall and sit in last place in the California League South Division.


Allison Daley McColloch, a 2005 Nevada Union graduate, and her beach volleyball partner Kelly Reeves placed seventh at the AVP Seattle Open over the weekend.

McColloch and Reeves won their first round match, 21-13, 21-17 over Whitney Pavlik and Sheila Shaw.

McColloch and Reeves then fell to Angela Bensend and Geena Urango in three sets, 16-21, 21-18, 15-13.

They would win their next match over Janelle Allen and Megan Wallin-Brockway before falling to eventual champs Lane Carico and Summer Ross.

McColloch played well in the tourney, leading the entire field in hitting percentage (.534). She had 72 kills on 116 attacks. Next up for McColloch is the San Francisco Open June 23.

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