March 28, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -
University of Wyoming junior swimmer Adam Kalms earned his second Honorable Mention All-America honor of his career in the 200 freestyle on Friday night at the NCAA Men's Championships in the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas. He also became the third Cowboy to earn multiple All-America honors joining Scott Usher (2003-05) and Mark Miller (1987-88).
"We are happy about what Adam accomplished, but we were hoping he would swim a little faster in the preliminaries," UW head coach Tom Johnson said. "Adam and Ryan are ready to go tomorrow and ready to cap this weekend off on a high note."
The junior from Marmong Point, Australia, posted a time of 1:34.63 in the finals of the 200 freestyle placing 14th in the 50-man field. He earned Honorable Mention All-America honors in the event last season finishing 16th with a time of 1:34.83. His finish also gave the Pokes three team points to conclude the second day in 37th place.
Kalms qualified for the consolation finals after clocking a time of 1:33.98 in the preliminaries. He placed 13th in the morning session placing fourth in his competitive heat. He came into the event ranking 12th in the NCAA in the race.
"Only three swims came from teams not in the top-20 in the finals and that is a big accomplishment for Adam," Johnson said.
Sophomore Ryan Nelson swam in his second race of the championship in the 400 individual medley. He placed 31st in the event with a time of 3:48.21. Nelson's time in the event was the second-fastest mark of the season.
"Ryan had a good swim, he seemed to struggle in the backstroke today and that was not the outcome that he really wanted," Johnson said.
The Cowboys return to the pool at 10 a.m. MT Saturday. Kalms will open action in 100 freestyle, He ranked 32nd in the country in that event this season at 43.05. Nelson will compete in the 200 butterfly. He ranked 42nd in the nation in the event this season at 1:46.26.