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UNLV Women's Swimming and Diving on their way to Mountain West Championships

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Last year, the Rebel women finished in eight place, but UNLV has set their sights higher this year. (MGN)

The Mountain West Swimming and Diving Championships are kicking off this Wednesday, and the UNLV Rebels has a top-tier swim team on their way to the Minneapolis, Minnesota event.

"Rebel Women are on the rise," said head coach Ben Loorz. "This squad has just continued to get better all year. Every month they take another leap forward, so we're very excited to see what this week will bring"

Last year, the Rebel Women finished in eight place, but UNLV has set their sights higher this year.

Among UNLV's star athletes is freshman Julia Filippova, who holds the third-fastest time in the league for the 200 meter freestyle, clocking in at 1:48.15. Filippova also holds the sixth-fastest time in the 100 meter freestyle, 50.10 seconds.

Freshman Carissa Armijo is also expected to give the rebels some much-sought-after points, as she currently holds the fifth-fastest time in the league for the 400 meter individual medley (4:19.95), the eighth-fastest time in the 200 meter butterfly (2:02.50), and the ninth-fastest time in the 500 meter freestyle (4:50.64).

A full list of seed times has been provided:

This year's championship will run from Wednesday Feb. 20-Saturday Feb. 23, with preliminaries starting at 12:30 p.m. (10 a.m. PST) on Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. (9 a.m. PST) Thursday-Saturday, while the finals sessions will have a 6:30 p.m. start(4:30 p.m. Pacific) each night.

Links to live video and results, team scores, event highlights will be available on UNLVRebels.com.

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