March 27, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -
University of Wyoming Cowboy swimmers junior Adam Kalms and sophomore Ryan Nelson opened the NCAA Men’s Championships on Thursday in the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas. It was the first time in 65 years that two Wyoming swimmers have competed in the NCAA Championships.
“We were hoping that we would swim a little faster than the way we did,” Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. “These are the two events I was concerned about, but we have a chance to get back at it the next two days and turn this into a great meet.”
Kalms led Wyoming on the opening day with a 38th-place finish in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:46. He came into the event ranking 37th in the NCAA this season. He finished 37th in the event last season at the championships with a school-record time of 1:45.86.
“Adam did a very good job of recovering after a slow start to his race. I was proud of his effort,” Johnson said.
Nelson opened his first NCAA Championship with the 500 freestyle. Nelson finished second in his heat with a time of 4:24.84. He finished the event in 47th place after coming into the race ranking 54th in the NCAA. His mark in the event was the second-fastest time of his career.
“I thought that Ryan was ready to go and he set up the race very well, but he just had a hard time finding that extra gear,” Johnson said.
The Cowboys return to the pool at 10 a.m. MT Friday. Nelson will open the action in the 400 individual medley, an event in which he ranks 24th in the NCAA at 3:45.20. Kalms will compete in the 200 freestyle, as he ranks 12th in the NCAA with a time of 1:33.74.