Cowboy Swimmers And Divers Finish Preparations For MPSF Championships

Feb. 13, 2012

LARAMIE, Wyo.

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The University of Wyoming Cowboy swimming and diving team will finish preparations for its first-ever Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, before traveling to their respective competition sites on Wednesday, Feb. 15. The Cowboy swimmers will travel to Los Angeles to take part in the swimming events, while the Cowboy divers will travel to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., for the diving portion of the championships. The MPSF Championships will take place Feb. 15-18, the first diving event will begin at 11 a.m. MT and the first swimming events set to begin at 6 p.m. PT.

About The Championships:

The Cowboys swimmers and divers will compete in their first-ever MPSF Championships after making the move this season. At last season's Mountain West Championships, the Cowboys finished third behind champion UNLV and runner-up BYU.

The Pokes will be one of nine teams competing in this weekend's MPSF Championships. Also competing at the championships will be Air Force, BYU, Cal State Bakersfield, Hawaii, UNLV, North Dakota, Pacific and Seattle.

At the 2011 MPSF Championships, Cal State Bakersfield won the team title with final tally of 647 points.

Complete information about the meet can be found at:Meet Information

Live results of the meet can be found at: Live Results

Quotes from the Cowboy Coaches About The Championships:

Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson - "I think the Mountain Pacific Championship is going to be a very competitive meet this season. We are expecting a very fast meet and I know it will be very difficult to get back (to the finals) at night, as it should be. We are looking forward to some fast racing and hopefully we can bring home a couple titles and battle for a team title."

Wyoming diving coach Pat Bukowski-"It will be really different being away from the swimmers, but my athletes are ready for that. We have already had four competitions where it was just us this season and I think we are used to it. We are going to have a lot of fans down there and that will really help keep us motivated without the swimmers."

Notes About The Cowboys This Season:

The Cowboy swimmers enter their first MSPF Championships with nine swimmers in the top 15 of the conference in their respective swimming events.

Senior Brandon Fischer currently has the fastest time in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:55.75. Fischer has the second-fastest 400 individual medley time in the MPSF of 3:53.76. He also has the third-fastest 100 breast (54.91) and 200 IM (1:49.67). Fellow senior Marshall Dilworth has two top-five times in the 100 and 200 backstroke. His time of 49.48 in the 100 back is good enough for fifth in the MPSF. Dilworth also has the fourth-fastest MPSF time in the 200 back of 1:49.79.

Junior Trevor LeValley has three top-15 MPSF times this season in the 1000 free, 200 butterfly and 400 IM. His 400 IM time of 4:02.06 is good enough for eighth in the MPSF. He has the 15th fastest 1000 free (9:43.82) time in the MPSF and the 13th fastest (1:52.94) 200 fly time.

Sophomores Ethan Griffel, Jayce Calhoon and Jeff Frey each have at least two top-15 times in the MPSF this season. Griffel currently has two top-four times in the conference in the 200 and 500 freestyle. He has the third-fastest finish in the 200 free with a time of 1:39.30 and the fourth-fastest finish in the 500 free with a time of 4:32.13. Calhoon has three top-10 times in the 1000 and 1650 free as well as the 200 back. His time of 9:31.66 in the 1000 free is the fifth-fastest in the MPSF this season, while his 1650 free time of 15:57.84 is good enough for 10th place in the conference. He also has the ninth-fastest 200 backstroke with a time of 1:51.49. Frey has two top-15 times in the 50 and 100 free. He has the 12th fastest time in the 50 free (20.72) and 14th in the 100 free (45.64).

Three freshmen in Adam Kalms, Joseph Ferreri and Ryan O'Leary also have top-15 MPSF times for the Pokes. Kalms has the second-fastest 200 freestyle with a time of 1:38.95 and the 15th-fastest 100 free (45.69). Ferreri sits in ninth in the MPSF in the 1000 free (9:39.58) and 1650 free (15:57.51). O'Leary has is tied for 12th in the MPSF in the 200 free with a time of 1:41.25.

On the diving side, two Cowboys in sophomore Derek Campbell and freshman Dalton Haas have secured NCAA Zone marks to compete in all three diving events next month. Both Campbell and Haas secured their scores at the Air Force Diving Invite on Jan. 27.