March 12, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowboy swimmers qualified two athletes for the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1949 (James Nolan and Marcus Hodges) as the NCAA released the participants for this year’s event on Wednesday evening. Junior Adam Kalms and sophomore Ryan Nelson qualified for the championships to be held March 27-29 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.
“It shows their hard work and commitment and we are looking forward to getting to work and getting on the scoreboard at championships,” UW head coach Tom Johnson said.
Kalms will be making his second straight appearance in the championships, as he earned Honorable Mention All-America last season. He qualified in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:33.74, a school record and Western Athletic Conference record. He was also invited to compete in the 100 freestyle and 200 individual medley. Kalms is coming off a strong season that saw him break five school records. He earned First Team All-WAC in three different events at the WAC Championship earlier this month.
“Adam knows how fast he is going to have to be due to his experience last season,” Johnson stated.
Nelson will be making his first appearance at the NCAA Championships. He qualified for the 400 individual medley with his time of 3:45.20, a mark that is a school and WAC record. He was also invited to swim in the 500 freestyle race and the 200 butterfly. Nelson is having a strong second season with the Pokes earning First Team All-WAC in two events and Second Team honors in another. He rounded out his season with two school records.
“Ryan was very close to getting in last season and he is very deserving of this opportunity,” Johnson said.
A total of 270 participants (235 swimmers and 35 divers) will compete in the championships. Student-athletes qualified for the swimming portion of the championships by meeting the established minimum time for the events in which they entered. Divers will be determined by performances achieved at the Zone Diving meets March 10-16.
The complete list of all swimmers competing in the championships is available at www.usaswimming.org/ncaa. Selected divers will be added to the website Sunday.