Feb. 15, 2012
LOS ANGELES -
The University of Wyoming Cowboy swimming team began competition at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships in Los Angeles, Calif., with a bang by setting two new school records on Wednesday. The Cowboy 800-yard freestyle and 200 medley relay squads both set new school records and the 800 freestyle team set a new MPSF Championship record. After the first day of competition the Cowboys sit in a tie for first place with UNLV with 74 team points.
"In my 13 years here this is the best first night my men's team has ever had at a championship meet," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "I really like the position we put ourselves in and we will see how we can finish this meet out."
The Cowboy 200 medley relay team of Marshall Dilworth, Brandon Fischer, Nick Rutecki and Jeff Frey started the meet off placing second on their way to setting a new UW school record time of 1:28.40. Their time was also fast enough to give them an NCAA "B" cut time by nearly a full second.
Although the 200 medley relay team began the meet with a school record, the UW 800 freestyle team of Adam Kalms, Ryan O'Leary, Ethan Griffel and Jayce Calhoon stole the show. The 800 freestyle squad touched the wall first with a new MPSF Championships record time of 6:31.62. Their time was also fast enough for the UW school record and an NCAA "B" cut time.
"Our 800 freestyle relay was just awesome tonight," Johnson said. "The first UNLV kid in the water was blazing fast, but Adam ran him down and we never lost the lead from there. Ryan had a really nice swim to extend the lead for us and Ethan came in and dropped the hammer and really pulled us away. Jayce finished the race with a good swim and helped us to be significantly faster than a year ago."
The Cowboys will continue at the MPSF Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday beginning with the 500 freestyle preliminaries at noon MT. The Cowboy divers will begin competition at the MPSF Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., with the 1-meter springboard preliminaries at 11 a.m. MT.