Kalms and Nelson Pace Cowboys on Third Day of WAC Championship

Feb. 28, 2014


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The Cowboy swimming and diving team continued its attack on the record books breaking four school records and setting two Western Athletic Conference Championship records on the third day of the WAC Championship in San Antonio, Texas on Friday. The Pokes remain in second place with 506 points. UNLV is in first for the second-consecutive day with 545 points. Air Force rounds out the top-three with 470 points.

"It was just a tough day and a long one at that, but the kids swam great" Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "We are up for a tall task tomorrow, but we will be ready."

Sophomore Ryan Nelson opened the night with a school record, WAC record and pool record in the 400 individual medley. It was his second school record in as many days, as Nelson recorded a time of 3:45.20. Junior Jordan Turner followed in fourth place with a time of 3:52.95. Sophomore Evan Oleson finished sixth at 3:56.26, his mark is now 10th at UW all-time. Freshman Patrick Jones rounded out the Pokes in the event finishing eighth at 3:57.61.

"Ryan had a great swim and did a lot of damage in the event," Johnson said. "he recorded an NCAA "B" cut time and we will wait to see what happens in that event."

Junior Adam Kalms broke his third individual school record of the championships with a win in the 200 freestyle touching the wall at 1:33.74. It was also a WAC and pool record. Senior Ethan Griffel followed in third-place with the third fastest time in school history at 1:35.24. Sophomore Brendan Costello finished eighth with the fifth-fastest time at UW at 1:38.40. Junior Ryan O'Leary placed 14th at 1:39.28 and sophomore Matt Cook finished 15th at 1:40.49.

"Adam was just amazing, it is just ridiculous stuff in that race," Johnson stated. "He is looking to be in good shape for the NCAA."

Sophomore George Eglesfield was Wyoming's lone representative in the 100 butterfly finishing third in the race with a time of 47.81. Eglesfield's mark in the event was the second-fastest time in school history and the fastest since 2004. Sophomore Kyle Scalise placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke with the second-fastest time in school history at 54.03. Junior Michael McCormick placed 12th in the event with a time of 55.83.

Senior Jayce Calhoon earned a second-place finish in the 100 backstroke touching in at 48.82. He now has the third-fastest swim in the event in school history. He was followed by Cook in fifth with a time of 49.19 that ranks fourth all-time at UW. Junior Austin Layman recorded the sixth-fastest time at Wyoming at 50.02 placing 10th in the event.

"Jayce did a great job running down the field to finish second," Johnson said.

The swimmers closed out the night with another school record in the 400 medley relay. The group of Kalms, Scalise, Eglesfield and Griffel finished fourth in the race with a time of 3:13.32. Kalms opened up the race with another school record in the 100 backstroke at 47.70.

Senior Derek Campbell wrapped up the championships in the platform dive with a career-best tally of 297.10 on his way to a second-place finish. His mark is the third-best score in the event in Cowboy history. Freshman Jacob Rehmeier finished 10th with a score of 253.70.

"I was proud of both Derek and Jacob they both really battled today for us," Johnson exclaimed.

UW returns to the pool Saturday with six events. On tap for the final day is the 100 and 1,650 freestyle, 200 backstroke, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and 400 freestyle relay.

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