Feb. 21, 2012
WOODLAND, Calif. -
Wyoming head swimming and diving coach Tom Johnson was selected by his peers as the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year after leading the Cowboys to a third-place finish at the MPSF Championships. The award is Johnson's fourth conference Coach of the Year honor and his first in the MPSF. The Cowboys also had 10 individual student-athletes and five relay teams earn First or Second Team All-MPSF honors.
Johnson earned the honor in his team's first year of membership. He coached three individual MPSF champions and one relay championship team. Sophomore Ethan Griffel won two individual championships (500 and 200 freestyle) and seniors Marshall Dilworth (100 backstroke) and Brandon Fischer (200 individual medley) each took home one conference title. He also coached the 800 freestyle relay team (Adam Kalms, Griffel, Ryan O'Leary and Jayce Calhoon) to a conference championship and MPSF meet-record time (6:31.62). His Cowboys placed third in their first-ever MPSF Championship meet, totaling 556 points. At the meet they set six school records and three MPSF Championship records. Their third-place finish was the fifth-consecutive top-four placement at their respective conference championships. On the season, they compiled a 4-3 dual meet record and won the Citrus Classic meet in Mesa, Ariz., on Jan. 7.
The Pokes also had 10 student-athletes earn All-MPSF honors. The Cowboys had six individuals make First Team All-MPSF and one relay team, which required a top-three finish at the conference meet. Eight Cowboys and four relay teams earned second-team honors, which required a top-eight finish at the conference championships.
Cowboy First Team All-MPSF Honorees:
Ethan Griffel (500 freestyle, 200 freestyle)
Brandon Fischer (200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke)
Adam Kalms (200 freestyle)
Marshall Dilworth (100 backstroke)
Jayce Calhoon (200 backstroke)
Trevor LeValley (400 IM)
Cowboy Second Team All-MPSF Honorees:
400 medley relay (Dilworth, Fischer, Rutecki, Frey)
200 freestyle relay (Frey, Rutecki, John Dowd, Kalms)
400 freestyle relay (Kalms, Griffel, Ryan O'Leary, Frey)
Jayce Calhoon (500 freestyle, 400 IM)
Adam Kalms (200 IM, 100 freestyle)
Marshall Dilworth (200 IM, 200 backstroke)
Nick Rutecki (50 freestyle)
Derek Campbell (1-meter springboard, platform dive)
Jordan Turner (400 IM)
Trevor LeValley (200 butterfly)
Valentin Schwarz (platform dive)