June 26, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming swimmer Ryan Nelson will compete in the 400 individual medley at the Phillips 66 National Championships & World Championship Trials on Thursday at 7:33 a.m. MT. Fans can follow live results of the event by clicking on the link above.
"These World Championship Trials will be a great step for Ryan's future," Wyoming assistant coach Manny Noguchi said. "The meet is extremely hard for any swimmer to qualify for, as qualification times are faster than last summer's Olympic Trials. I am very proud of Ryan for being there to represent himself and our Wyoming program."
Nelson, who just finished a stellar freshman campaign for Wyoming, enters the meet ranked 26th with a time of 4:26.29. He would need to finish in the top 16 of the prelims to advance to Thursday night's finals and in the top two or three of the finals to represent the U.S. at the 2013 FINA World Championships on July 16 through August 4 in Barcelona, Spain.
"No matter how he does in this meet, it will give him a tremendous confidence boost leading up to next year's NCAA Championships and beyond," Noguchi said. "I would also like to give credit to his club coach and former U.S. Swimming National Team Director Mark Schubert for guiding Ryan in the right direction."
A native of Huntington Beach, Calif., Nelson capped his first season in brown and gold with an excellent performance at the MPSF Championship in late February. He earned two First-Team All-MPSF honors with a third-place finish in the 1650 freestyle and a second-place showing in the 400 IM. Nelson broke a total of three school records during the meet, including one that had been held since 1982.