Feb. 18, 2012
LOS ANGELES -
The Wyoming Cowboy swimming and diving team concluded competition at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships on Saturday in Los Angeles, finishing in third place with 556 team points. Ahead of the Cowboys was champion BYU with 625 points and runner-up UNLV with 603.5 points.
"We had a tough morning in the prelims and that really hurt us tonight in the finals," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "Our guys really gave a great effort we just came up a little short."
The first event of today's competition was the 200-yard backstroke, Cowboys Jayce Calhoon (1:46.47) and Marshall Dilworth (1:48.45) placed second and seventh, respectively, in the preliminaries. Calhoon's time is the fastest 200 backstroke in school history and was fast enough for an NCAA "B" cut time. Calhoon came back in the finals and took third place with a time of 1:49.79. Dilworth finished the finals in eighth with a time of 1:50.96.
In the 100 freestyle, freshman Adam Kalms took fifth place (44.78) in the preliminaries, followed by Jeff Frey who placed 15th (45.48). Kalms swim put him in the championship final and Frey swam his way into the consolation final. Kalms returned in the evening's championship final and placed sixth with a time of 44.97. Frey placed eighth in the consolation final with a time of 46.01.
Following the 100 free swims was the 200 breaststroke and Cowboy Brandon Fischer swam his way into the championship final placing second in the preliminaries with a time of 1:59.34. His preliminary time was fast enough for an NCAA "B" cut time. Freshman Michael McCormick placed 11th in the preliminaries with a time of 2:02.38. In the championship final, Fischer placed second with a time of 2:00.21. McCormick swam in the consolation final finishing the event in 12th place (2:03.19).
The next event was the 200 butterfly, Cowboy Trevor LeValley swam his way into the finals placing seventh in the preliminaries (1:50.21). Freshman Jordan Turner placed 14th in the 200 fly preliminaries with a time of 1:52.09. In the championship final, LeValley moved up one spot finishing sixth with a time of 1:50.06. Turner placed seventh in the consolation final, with a time of 1:52.09, earning him 15th place overall.
"I really thought Trevor had one of the best swims of his career tonight in the 200 fly," Johnson said.
In the 1650 freestyle final, freshman Joseph Ferreri placed ninth with a time of 15:59.11.
The final event of the swimming meet was the 400 freestyle relay and the Cowboys closed the meet with another school record. Cowboys Jeff Frey, Nick Rutecki, John Dowd and Kalms finished the meet with a second-place finish with a new school record time of 2:59.02. Their time was also fast enough for an NCAA "B" cut time.
The Cowboy divers finished competition in Colorado Springs, Colo., with the platform dive on Saturday. Sophomore Derek Campbell was UW's highest finisher placing sixth with a score of 265.50. Senior Valentin Schwarz finished eighth with a mark of 252.35. Cowboy freshmen Dalton Haas (246.35) and CT Robinson (194.45) placed 13th and 16th, respectively.
"My divers performed very well today on the tower," Wyoming diving coach Pat Bukowski said. "For us to get two guys in the finals without having a tower in Laramie shows how hard these guys have worked. Overall, I am really happy with how my kids dove this weekend."
After a weekend of swimming and diving competition at the MPSF Championships, the Cowboys won three individual conference championships and one relay championship. Ethan Griffel won two conference championships in the 200 and 500 freestyle. Senior Fischer won the 200 individual medley and fellow senior Dilworth won the 100 backstroke. The Cowboy 800 freestyle relay won the conference championship and set MPSF Championship record time. Wyoming also set six new school records in the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays, the 400 medley relay and the 100 (Dilworth) and 200 (Calhoon) backstrokes.
"All-in-all I am very proud of how we swam this weekend," Johnson said. "We had some really gutsy swims and gave it our best shot."
For the Cowboy swimmers who swam NCAA "B" cut times they will now have to wait to see if their times make the NCAA Championships meet next month. Cowboy divers Campbell and Haas will now compete at the NCAA Zone Diving Championship on March 8.