Cowboys Sit in Second Place After Second Day of WAC Championship

Feb. 26, 2015


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The University of Wyoming Cowboy swimming and diving team sits in second-place after the second day of the Western Athletic Conference Championship in the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Pokes have 258 points and trail Air Force, who has a two-day tally of 276.5.

"The guys look good and we had some good swims, but we need to have a big day tomorrow," UW head coach Tom Johnson said. "We set ourselves up with some good swims this morning and I thought we could have been better tonight."

The Pokes scored 73 points in the 200 individual medley. Senior Adam Kalms finished second in the event with a time of 1:46.91. Junior Kyle Scalise finished fifth with a personal-best time and fifth-fastest time in school history of 1:49.30. Freshman Wade Nelson finished seventh at 1:49.73. Sophomore Dylan Sether finished eighth with a career-best and ninth-fastest time in school history of 1:49.82. Senior Jordan Turner qualified for the consolation final, as he recorded a career-best and fourth-fastest mark in Cowboy history of 1:48.18. Senior Michael McCormick finished 13th at 1:50.75.

"The 200 individual medley has been a good event for us this year and we are loaded in that race and we knew we could put up some points in that event," Johnson said.

In the 500 freestyle, junior Ryan Nelson finished sixth in the event with a mark of 4:25.31. Junior Brendan Costello finished 13th at 4:31.12 with freshman Eric Oleson finishing 15th at 4:33.58. In the 50 freestyle freshman Kyle White finished 14th with a personal-best and ninth fastest time in school history of 20.52.

The Pokes finished sixth in the 200 freestyle relay with the team of White, junior Bryce Carter, Scalise and junior George Eglesfield. They clocked in with a time of 1:21.25.

"We are swimming well for the most part and tomorrow we have to keep chipping away at Air Force," Johnson said.

In the diving events, freshman Austin Rettinghouse finished fifth on the 1-meter springboard with a tally of 293.75. Fellow freshman Ryan Russi finished seventh with a score of 266.70. In the consolation final sophomore Jacob Rehmeier finished ninth at 292.50. In all the divers added 39 points to the Cowboys' team score.

"Today went pretty well and I think the second day is always the hardest and it showed tonight," UW diving coach Chelsea Popplewell said. "It was great to see freshmen make a final and they have been outstanding and main thing is we have been very consistent."

UW returns to the pool Friday with six events. On tap for the third day of events is the 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly and 400 individual medley. The divers will wrap up the week on the platform dive tomorrow.

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