Feb. 24, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Western Athletic Conference Championship makes its return after a 14-year hiatus, as the Cowboys look for the conference crown in the Palo Alto College Aquatic Center in San Antonio, Texas this week. The Pokes, former members of the WAC, finished ninth in its last WAC Championship during the 1998-99 season. The event opens on Wednesday afternoon with diving events and goes through Saturday evening.
Wyoming will vie for the conference crown against Air Force, CSU Bakersfield, Grand Canyon, UNLV, North Dakota and Seattle U. The Pokes return four swimmers who earned All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors last season at the MPSF Championships. UW also welcomes back seven All-MPSF Second Team members and three Second Team All-MPSF relay teams.
The Cowboys have recorded 13 top-five marks in the WAC this season. Junior Adam Kalms leads the way for Wyoming. He holds the top spot in the conference in the 100 freestyle at 43.82 and 200 freestyle at 1:35.23. Senior Derek Campbell holds the top spot in the conference in the 3-meter springboard at 379.65. The three-time WAC diver of the Week also ranks in the top-three in the 1-meter and platform. Sophomore Ryan Nelson is a mainstay in the top-five in the conference in the distance events, in all he has five top-five times in the WAC this season.
UW has fared very well against WAC competition this season going 1-1-1. The Pokes defeated Air Force to open up the conference schedule in Laramie. UW faced off against Grand Canyon as well. GCU downed the shorthanded Pokes in the dual, sue to the fact several of Wyoming’s top swimmers swam in the UNLV Fall Invite that same week. The Cowboys also earned a tie against UNLV in the regular-season finale.
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 sign up by visiting www.WACSports.tv. Each night can be viewed for a subscription of $6.95 per night or a full championship package can be purchased for $10.95.