March 29, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas -
University of Wyoming junior Adam Kalms and sophomore Ryan Nelson wrapped up action at the NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships in the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas, on Saturday. The Cowboys finished the championships earning three team points to place 44th.
“All in all the championships went well,” Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. “We always want to get better, but I’m proud of the way we raced and we will now just get ready for the summer.”
Kalms opened the day for the Pokes with a 34th-place finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 43.74. He came into the event ranking 32nd in the NCAA. It was the second-straight season he has competed in the event at the championships after finishing 20th last season.
“Adam’s field was faster than I thought it would be, but I was very proud of his effort all weekend long” Johnson said.
The junior from Marmong Point, Australia, finished the championships with his second-consecutive Honorable Mention All-America honor in the 200 freestyle. He also became the third Cowboy to earn multiple All-America honors joining Scott Usher (2003-05) and Mark Miller (1987-88). Kalms finished the season with five school records.
Nelson closed out his championships in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:46.69. He finished second in his heat and 34th in the 44-man field. Nelson came into the event ranking 42nd in the NCAA.
“Ryan had a very solid race and he was very consistent and made a hard charge at end,” Johnson said.
The sophomore from Huntington Beach, Calif., competed in three events in his first NCAA Men’s Championships. His highest finish came in the 400 individual medley race on Friday, as he placed 31st in the event at 3:48.21. He ended his season with two school records.