Feb. 27, 2013
WOODLAWN, Calif. -
After a second-place finish at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, the University of Wyoming men's swimming and diving team had 12 individuals earn First or Second-Team All-MPSF accolades announced Tuesday by the conference office. Wyoming's 12 individuals ties the most all-conference honorees since 2000 and exceeds the 11 on the 2011-12 squad. To garner First Team All-MPSF honors an individual must finish in the top three and a relay must finish first at the conference event. Earning second-team honors requires a top eight individual finish and top three relay finish at the conference meet.
Earning first team honors were sophomore Adam Kalms, junior Ethan Griffel, junior diver Derek Campbell and freshman Ryan Nelson. Kalms led the way garnering three honors by winning three conference championships in the 200-yard individual medley, 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle. It was his second-consecutive first team honor in the 200 freestyle and his second-consecutive all-conference selection in both the 200 IM and 100 freestyle after earning second team a season ago. Griffel earned his second-straight awards in both the 500 and 200 freestyle. Campbell earned his first all-conference honor on the 3-meter springboard and earned first team on the 1-meter after garnering second team on that board last season. Nelson earned the first MPSF honors of his career in the 400 IM and 1650 freestyle.
Wyoming had eight other individuals and three relay squads earned second-team honors, while Nelson, Griffel and Campbell also joined those eight individuals with a second-team award. Leading the team with second-team accolades was sophomore Jordan Turner who earned the award in the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 breaststroke. It was Turners second honor in the 400 IM. Fellow sophomore Mike McCormick also took home two awards in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Junior Jayce Calhoon earned his second-consecutive honor in the 200 backstroke and the first of his career in the 100 backstroke. Senior Trevor LeValley earned his second-consecutive honor in the 400 IM. Junior Jeff Frey took home his first individual award in the 50 freestyle. Earning their first career awards were freshmen Eric McMillin (3-meter springboard), Kevin Waller (1650 freestyle) and George Eglesfield in the 200 butterfly. Adding to their first team honors were, Nelson in the 500 freestyle, Griffel in the 100 freestyle and Campbell in the platform dive.
The Pokes had three relay teams take home second-team awards. The 200 medley relay squad of Kalms, McCormick, junior Nick Rutecki and Frey earned the second-consecutive MPSF honor. The 800 freestyle relay group of Kalms, Griffel, sophomore Ryan O'Leary and senior Tyler Kybartas also produced the second-straight relay award in that event. Combining to earn the second-team award for the second-straight year in the 200 freestyle relay were Frey, Rutecki, O'Leary and Kalms.
All-MPSF Cowboy Honorees: First Team:
Kalms (200 IM, 200 freestyle, 100 freestyle)
Griffel (500 freestyle, 200 freestyle)
Campbell (1-meter springboard, 3-meter)
Nelson (400 IM, 1650 freestyle)
Turner (200 IM, 400 IM, 200 breaststroke)
McCormick (100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke)
Calhoon (100 backstroke, 200 backstroke)
Nelson (500 freestyle)
Frey (50 freestyle)
LeValley (400 IM)
McMillin (3-meter springboard)
Waller (1650 freestyle)
Griffel (100 freestyle)
Eglesfield (200 butterfly)
200 medley relay (Kalms, McCormick, Rutecki, Frey)
800 freestyle relay (Kalms, Griffel, O'Leary, Kybartas)
200 freestyle relay (Frey, Rutecki, O'Leary, Kalms)