Cowboys in First-Place After Opening Day of WAC Championship
Feb. 26, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -
Senior diver Derek Campbell continued his domination of the Western Athletic Conference 3-meter springboard earning a conference crown on the opening day of the WAC Championship in San Antonio, Texas on Wednesday. UW also broke the conference, school and pool records in the 800 freestyle relay on its way to winning the event to close out the first night of competition. The Cowboys sit in first-place with 104 points followed by North Dakota with 102 and Air Force with 100.
"We had a tremendous night tonight," Wyoming head coach Tom Johnson said. "The guys did a great job of finishing in the relays."
Campbell, a native of Laramie, Wyo., won the 3-meter event with a score of 361. He has recorded the top three-scores in the WAC this season. Campbell became the first Poke to win a conference title in the event since Mark Murdock took the crown in 2011. Freshman Jacob Rehmeier had a career-day on the board finishing third with a personal-best tally of 317.65. He has now qualified for the NCAA "Zone" Diving Championship in the event.
"We let the kids enjoy the win, but we still have a lot of work to do," UW diving coach Yahya Radman said. "It was a great day for Derek and Jake stepped up today and both our guys paid attention to details."
The 800 freestyle relay team shattered the school record by over four seconds, as UW has won the event in back-to-back conference championships. The group of junior Adam Kalms, junior Ryan O'Leary, sophomore Ryan Nelson and senior Ethan Griffel posted a time 6:24.21. The team recorded an NCAA "B" cut time in the race. UW recorded 40 points for winning the event.
"It was a great environment for a race and we just missed an NCAA "A" cut time," Tom Johnson said.
Wyoming opened the swimming events in the 200 medley relay. The team of sophomore Austin Layman, sophomore Kyle Scalise, Griffel and O'Leary finished fifth at 1:29.25. The group tallied 28 team points for Wyoming.
UW returns to the pool Thursday with five events. On tap for the second day of events is the 50 and 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 200 freestyle relay and the 1-meter springboard.
"It was just a great night for us," Johnson stated. "We have some great opportunities the rest of the week."
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