Feb. 27, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -
The Cowboy swimming and diving team continued action at the Western Athletic Conference Championship on Thursday in the Palo Alto College Aquatics Center with the Pokes setting four school records. Wyoming sits in second-place after the second day of competition with 267 points. UNLV is in first-place tallying 274 points. Air Force rounds out the top-three with 241 points.
"I thought we did some things well and we may have over swam early," UW head coach Tom Johnson said. "We are in for a dogfight and tomorrow should be a big day for us as we try to score the best we can."
Senior Adam Kalms led the UW charge in the 200 individual medley. He touched the wall in a school record time of 1:45.14 finishing second in the race. He broke his school record set last season at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships. Junior Jordan Turner followed in sixth with sophomore Kyle Scalise in seventh and freshman Patrick Jones in eighth. All three set personal-bests in the event with Turner and Scalise recording top-10 times at UW.
"It was a drag race between the top guys in this event," Johnson stated.
The Pokes opened the night with a school record in the 500 freestyle with sophomore Ryan Nelson recording a time of 4:22.87 finishing fourth. His mark was the fastest time by a Cowboy in the event since 2003. Senior Ethan Griffel touched in at 4:25.67, which was good enough for fifth place. Sophomore Kevin Waller finished 13th with a personal-best time of 4:28.79. Senior Jayce Calhoon rounded out the Cowboys lineup placing 15th at 4:30.94.
The Pokes set its final school records of the night in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:19.55 finishing in third place. The group of Kalms, sophomore Bryce Carter, senior Jeff Frey and junior Ryan O'Leary recorded 32 points for UW. Kalms 50 freestyle time in the event was a school record at 19.96.
"It was great to break the school record in the event and it really breaks a mental barrier," Johnson said.
Wyoming's Frey and Carter scored points for UW finishing 11th in the 50 freestyle with both swimmers touching the wall at 20.38. It was a personal-best for Carter, as he now ranks fourth all-time in Wyoming history in the race.
The Cowboys divers were in action on the 1-meter springboard on Thursday night. Freshman Jacob Rehmeier led the Pokes finishing fourth with a tally of 298.75. Senior Derek Campbell finished right behind in fifth place with a final score of 297.15.
"I was proud of Jacob and he fought for every point he got," Wyoming diving coach Yahya Radman said. "Derek did a great job coming back from the afternoon."
UW returns to the pool Friday with six events. On tap for the third day of events is 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly and 400 individual medley. The divers will wrap up the week on the platform dive tomorrow.
"There is a lot of improvement in this conference and it will be a great battle the next few days," Johnson stated.
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