Cowboys Ready to Make Run at WAC Championship

Feb. 23, 2015

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The University of Wyoming Cowboy swimming and diving team will look to make a run at the Western Athletic Conference Championship this week in the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas. The event runs Wednesday through Saturday with afternoon and evening sessions.

Wyoming will vie for the conference crown against Air Force, CSU Bakersfield, Grand Canyon, UNLV, North Dakota and Seattle U. The Pokes return 11 swimmers who earned All-WAC honors last season at the WAC Championship. Nine of the 11 All-WAC athletes earned honors in two or more events.

Last season, the Cowboys returned to the WAC Championship with a second-place finish. In the first WAC Championship since 2000, the Pokes finished second with 702 points. UNLV won the championship with 767 points. It was the highest finish for the Pokes at the WAC Championship since finishing second in 1987.

Senior Adam Kalms, juniors Ryan Nelson and George Eglesfield look to defend their conference titles from a season ago. Kalms won the 200 freestyle with Nelson winning the 400 individual medley and Eglesfield winning the 200 butterfly. The Pokes also won the 800 freestyle relay with the group of Kalms, Ryan O’Leary, Nelson and Ethan Griffel.

Kalms leads the conference in the 200 freestyle this season with a mark of 1:35.98. The defending conference champion’s time is an NCAA “B” cut time. Kalms ranks in the top-5 in five events in the conference this season. Nelson leads the WAC this season in the 400 individual medley. The WAC champion in the event recorded an NCAA “B” cut time of 3:49.99.

The championship begins Wednesday at noon CT with men's 3-meter diving prelims.  The first finals events will begin in the evening session on Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT, with the 200 medley relay, finals for diving and the 800 freestyle relay.

The WAC will be streaming the finals of all four nights.  Viewers can watch for free by going to www.wacsports.com/watch.