Cowboys Conclude Action on Second Day of WAC Championships

Feb. 25, 2016

HOUSTON, Texas -

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Behind a school record in the 500 free by freshman Jack Herron and a second-place finish in the 1-meter diving championship by sophomore Austin Rettinghouse, the University of Wyoming Cowboy swimming and diving team completed action at the WAC Championships on Thursday. The Cowboys remain in third place and have 250 total team points.

“Tonight got off to a great start,” UW head coach Tom Johnson said. “But it should have been better to be honest. For Jack (Herron) as a freshman to set a school is amazing. He was able to give himself some time at the beginning and maintain it throughout the event. It was nice to have some other guys get us points in the event as well.”

The second day of the WAC Championships began with the 500 free championship. Freshman Jack Herron set the school record and took second (4:22.28) in the final. He touched the pads in 4:24.06 during prelims, as senior Ryan Nelson claimed fourth in the final with a time of 4:23.41, after a mark of 4:22.79 in prelims earlier in the day. Both Nelson and Herron recorded NCAA “B” cut times.

Ryan Ball took first (4:27.58) in the 500 free consolation final, as Eric Oleson finished 11th (4:29.96) overall, Slade Sheaffer claimed 14th (4:33.42) and Jacob Porter took 16th (4:34.75) for the Pokes.

For the second-straight year, Austin Rettinghouse made the 1-meter diving event championship. Jacob Rehmeier joined him to lead the Cowboys. Rettinghouse finished 2nd with a tally of 316.75. It was an NCAA qualifying score, as Rehmeier finished fourth with a score of 299.65. The NCAA qualifying standard score for the 1-meter event is 300 points.

“Diving was great tonight,” Johnson mentioned. “I’m so proud of Austin (Rettinghouse) and Jake (Rehmeier), who had a rough day yesterday. They both made the final and were able to pick up some points for us.”

Wade Nelson and Dylan Sether represented Wyoming in the 200 IM Championship final. Nelson’s time of 1:47.29 was enough for fifth, while Sether took seventh (1:48.15) in the event. They each made NCAA “B” cuts. Nelson swam a 1:47.44 and Sether recorded a 1:47.74 for UW during prelims.

Kyle Scalise won the 200 IM consolation final with a time of 1:47.95, which is also an NCAA “B” cut. Freshman Liam Holt finished 11th overall with a 1:49.52.

In the 50 free, David Murphy, Kyle White and Bryce Carter all competed in the finals for Wyoming. White took 11th (20.33) overall, Murphy finished 14th (20.36), and Carter claimed the bonus final in a time of 20.49.

A team of White, Scalise, Murphy and Carter finished in fourth place in the 200 free relay for Wyoming. They had a time of 1:20.39 to conclude the second day of the championships.

“We know we have to make a hard run tomorrow,” Johnson added. “I think we are very strong in the events that are to take place, so we just need guys to show up and compete.”

Action continues tomorrow as the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 400 medley relay and platform events will all take place. Prelims are set to begin at 9:30 a.m., MT, as finals will follow at 5 p.m.