IOWA CITY, Iowa -
University of Wyoming senior swimmer Adam Kalms opened the NCAA Championships on Thursday morning in the University of Iowa Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Pool in Iowa City, Iowa. Kalms opened the championship with the 200 individual medley event, as he swam the third-fastest time in school history at 1:45.87.
"Adam was a whole second faster than he was at conference and moved up 18 spots, so if he can do that tomorrow and we will be in great shape," UW head coach Tom Johnson said. "Overall it was a good race for him and we are looking forward to the rest of the weekend."
Kalms finished third in his heat and 42nd overall with his mark of 1:45.87. He came into the Championships rankings 60th in the nation in the event. It was the fastest time for a Cowboy since Kalms set the school record time of 1:45.14 at the 2014 Western Athletic Conference Championship. Kalms is the only Cowboy in school history to swim a sub-1:46.00 in the event, as he has done so three times. He recorded a 38th-place finish in the 200 individual medley at last season's NCAA Championships with a time of 1:46.
"He hasn't swam a lot of butterfly the past couple of weeks and I think he needed to transition better and he could have cut more time," Johnson said.
Kalms returns to the pool Friday morning with the 200 freestyle at 10 a.m. MT. He is a two-time Honorable Mention All-American in the event. His season-best mark in the 200 freestyle this season of 1:34.39 ranks 24th in the nation.