March 25, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming junior Adam Kalms and sophomore Ryan Nelson will do what no two swimmers for Wyoming have done in 65 years when they enter the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas this week. It will mark the first time since 1949 that two Cowboy swimmers have qualified for the NCAA Championships. Wyoming swimmers James Nolan and Marcus Hodges earned NCAA bids in 1949. The championships kick off Thursday at 10 a.m. MT and continue through Saturday evening.
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. Nelson is having a stellar 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.
Kalms will be making his second trip to the championships after earning All-America honors a season ago. He opens the event on Thursday morning with the 200 individual medley, an event in which he ranked 39th in the country with a time of 1:45.14. Kalms will continue action Friday with the 200 freestyle, where he was an All-American last season. He ranks 12th in the country with his time of 1:33.74. His final race is Saturday with the 100 freestyle. He ranked 32nd in the country in that event this season at 43.05.
Nelson will be making his first appearance at the NCAA Championships after just missing the cut in his rookie campaign. His first race takes place on Thursday morning with the 500 freestyle. He ranked 54th in the NCAA in the event with a time of 4:22.87. Nelson ranked 24th in the NCAA at 3:45.20 in the 400 individual medley, an event that takes place Friday morning. His final race will take place Saturday with the 200 butterfly. He ranked 42nd in the nation in the event this season at 1:46.26.
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.
ESPN3.com will stream finals sessions Friday and Saturday live. Additionally, ESPNU will air a 90-minute show at 8 p.m. ET, April 9. Live video of all preliminary rounds in addition to the day one finals will be available at GoWyo.com.