March 26, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming Cowboy swimmer Adam Kalms will travel to his first NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships beginning Thursday and continuing through Saturday at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind. As a sophomore, Kalms will be swimming in his first championship meet taking part in three events. He will race in the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle as well as the 200-yard individual medley. He becomes the 13th Cowboy in school history to earn a bid to the championships and the second in as many seasons.
Kalms a native of Marmong Point, Australia, enters the championships with the No. 13 time in the meet in the 200 freestyle of 1:34.52. His 200 freestyle time is the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and UW record time. In the 100 freestyle, he has the No. 27 time of 43.13. He will also swim in the 200 IM, entering the meet with the 50th-fastest time of 1:46.10.
"I am excited where Adam is seeded right now and I am very excited about his improvement over the last year and half," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "We have put a lot of effort into this meet over the past few weeks. I think Adam looks better now than he did even before conference. If he can go in and get a little bit of improvement, he can either hold his place or maybe even move up. I am really looking forward to some fast swimming this week."
The NCAA Championship meet will begin on Thursday at 9 a.m. MT. Kalms will swim the 200 IM preliminaries which will be the third event of the morning session. He will continue on Friday with his highest-ranked event the 200 freestyle. The preliminaries will also begin that morning at 9 a.m. MT with his event the fourth on the schedule. He will conclude the championships on Saturday with the 100 freestyle, which will be the second event of the morning preliminary session that also begins at 9 a.m. The evening's finals all three days will begin at 5 p.m. MT. To make the championship final a swimmer must place in the top eight of the preliminary races. Earning a place in the consolation final requires a top 16 preliminary finish.
"Adam is going into one of the toughest meets to get into and I am proud of his efforts to get there," Johnson said. "Generally what happens is because this meet is so fast to get into and there is such a long time in between conference meets that swimmers get out of race mentality. You have to put so much into getting to the meet that sometimes you come out flat.
"I have done a few things different this year than last year making the week after conference more low key both mentally and physically. The demands of this meet are so high that I thought if I dialed him back for a week or so that he would be more ready to swim at a high level. We have done a lot of speed and power tower work over the past couple weeks. I think he really looks great and is ready for this meet. He looks as strong and as sharp as he has been all season."
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