Feb. 17, 2012
LOS ANGELES -
After the third day of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships on Friday, the Wyoming Cowboy swimmers and divers sit in second place and had two more conference champions crowned. The Pokes sit in second place with 414 team points, 14 points behind first-place BYU and 12 points ahead of third-place UNLV (402). Cowboy sophomore Ethan Griffel won his second conference title of the weekend in the 200-yard freestyle and senior Marshall Dilworth earned his first conference crown in the 100 backstroke.
"We have had a great meet so far and we need to keep it up," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said.
The first swim of the meet was in the 400 individual medley. Cowboys Trevor LeValley (2:53.53), Jordan Turner (3:54.48) and Jayce Calhoon (3:57.54) placed second, fourth and eighth, respectively, in the preliminaries and all advanced to the championship final. In the final, LeValley touched wall in third place with an NCAA "B" cut time of 3:53.45, giving the Pokes 16 team points. Turner finished fifth with a time of 3:56.17 and Calhoon took seventh (4:00.00), the two combined for 26 valuable team points.
In the 200 freestyle preliminaries, Adam Kalms and Griffel placed first (1:36.54) and second (1:37.05), respectively and made their way to the championship final. Kalms preliminary time was the fastest time in MPSF meet history and was an NCAA "B" cut time. Griffel moved up one spot in the final and won his conference title with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:36.96. Freshman Kalms placed second behind Griffel in the final with a time of 1:37.24. The duo combined to give the Cowboys 37 team points.
"Ethan had another great swim tonight," Johnson said. "After Adam set the meet record in the prelims I didn't think he was going to get beat, but Ethan swam an awesome race."
The 100 breaststroke was the next event and senior Brandon Fischer was looking for his second conference championship after winning the preliminary with a time of 54.76. Freshman Michael McCormick placed 10th(56.56) in the preliminaries and swam in the consolation final. Fischer came back in the evening and placed second with a time of 54.67. His finish gave the Cowboys 17 team points. McCormick placed third in the consolation final and 11th overall with a time of 56.76, which gave the Cowboys six team points.
After winning the 100 backstroke preliminary (48.42), Cowboy senior Dilworth came back in the final and won his first championship of the meet with a time of 48.51. His time was also good enough for an NCAA "B" cut time. His championship was the second of his career in the 100 back after winning the Mountain West Championship in 2009. Dilworth's win gave UW 20 team points.
The final swimming event of the evening was the 200 freestyle relay. Cowboys Jeff Frey, Nick Rutecki, John Down and Kalms took second place with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:20.80. The Cowboys relay finish earned them 34 team points.
The Cowboy divers competed in Colorado Springs, Colo., on the 3-meter springboard on Friday. In the preliminaries Cowboy freshman Dalton Haas took ninth place, senior Valentin Schwarz took 11th, sophomore Derek Campbell took 13th and freshman CT Robinson took 16th. Unfortunately, no Cowboys made the championship final, but all four made the consolation final. Campbell came back to win the consolation final with a mark of 316.65.
"It was a tough day for us today we missed some key dives and couldn't land anyone in the final," Wyoming diving coach Pat Bukowski said. "This is a really good field of divers and we were just a little off today."
The Cowboy swimmers will conclude the MPSF Championships on Saturday beginning at 11:30 a.m. MT with the 200 backstroke preliminaries. The Wyoming divers will finish competition with the platform dive beginning at 2 p.m. MT.
"We are in a fight to the finish and we need to come out and swim our hearts out for each other tomorrow," Johnson said.