Cowboys Win First WAC Dual of the Season
A Record 13 UW Swimmers Competed in the U.S. Open Last Week
Kalms And Hartigan Earn Most Outstanding Athlete Awards
Kalms Finishes Championships With Honorable Mention All-America Honors And Two School Records
He Becomes The Fifth Cowboy To Earn All-America Honors
Sophomore: (2012-13): Kalms established himself as one of the premier swimmers in the country with an impressive sophomore campaign. He became the fifth Cowboy swimmer to earn Honorable Mention All-America honors after breaking his school record in the 200 freestyle at the 2013 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. He also became the 13th Cowboy in school history to earn a bid to the NCAA Championships and the second in as many seasons. Kalms broke his school record in the 200 freestyle during the NCAA Championships, finishing in 12thplace overall with a time of 1:34.40. His finish earned him a place in the consolation final and his time broke his previous school record of 1:34.52, set at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships. He achieved a school-record time in the 200 individual medley on day one of the 2013 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, Kalms finished his first career race at the championships in second-place of his heat finishing 37th overall with a time of 1:45.86. He was the first Cowboy in school history to achieve a sub-1:46.00 in the 200 IM. Kalms earned three titles at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, earning titles in the 200 individual medley (1:46.10, MPSF Record), 200 freestyle (1:34.52, MPSF Record) and 100 freestyle with a school-record time of 43.13. He finished the MPSF Championships with three First Team All-MSPF honors and three Second Team All-MSPF honors. Kalms won 13 events on the season and won four events at the Air Force Academy Dual and Duals against Air Force, Seattle and North Dakota.
Freshman: (2011-12): Kalms joined the Cowboys in the spring of 2012 and made an immediate impact winning his first individual collegiate event. At the University of Denver dual, Kalms stepped in and won the 200 freestyle in his first event with a time of 1:40.66. Also at that meet he took second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 46.18 and helped the 400 freestyle relay team to a second-place finish with a time of 3:05.08. At the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, Kalms helped the 800 freestyle relay team to a conference championship and MPSF and UW record time of 6:31.62. He also helped the 200 (1:20.80) and 400 (2:59.02) freestyle relay teams to second-place finishes. The 400 free team set the school-record time. Individually, Kalms swam the 200 individual medley, 100 and 200 freestyle. His best finish came in the 200 free when he finished second behind teammate Ethan Griffel with a time of 1:37.24. In the 200 free preliminaries, he took first place with an MPSF-record time of 1:36.56. In his other two events the 200 IM and 100 free he placed sixth with time of 1:50.11 and 44.97, respectively. For his efforts at the conference meet he earned First Team All-MPSF in the 400 and 800 freestyle relays as well as the 200 free. He earned second team in the 200 IM, 100 free and 200 freestyle relay. Kalms also earned his first Cowboy letter award.
High School: Kalms joined the Cowboys at mid-semester in 2012 from St. Francis Xavier's High School in Hamilton, Australia and Novocastrian Swim Team. He had an excellent career as a member of Novocastrain being named its team captain for the 2011 season. In the New South Wales State Age Short Course Championships in 2011, he took first place in the 200 freestyle. He was also a national age group finalist in the 100 freestyle during the 2011 season.
Personal: Kalms was born on March 30, 1993 in Sydney, Australia. He is the son of Peter and Sylvia Kalms and has a younger sister Gabbie. He is majoring in energy resource management and development while at UW.