Cowboys Finish Second at WAC Championship
March 1, 2014
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -
The Cowboy swimming and diving team wrapped up the Western Athletic Conference Championship on Saturday evening in the Palo Alto College Aquatics Center in San Antonio, Texas. The Pokes finished second with 702 points in the first WAC Championship in 14 years. UNLV won the championship recording 767 points. Air Force rounded out the top-three with 625 points.
"I was proud of the way our guys swam and we will have some guys swimming in March," UW head coach Tom Johnson said. "We had a number of school records and top-ten times and I thought it was a really good meet."
Sophomore George Eglesfield won the 200 butterfly event with a school record mark of 1:45.22. His time in the race was the fastest by a Cowboy since Tyler Kybartas in 2009. Fellow sophomore Ryan Nelson finished third with the second-fastest time at Wyoming at 1:46.26.
"They both had great swims and I'm so proud of them," Johnson said.
Senior Adam Kalms broke yet another school record on his way to a second-place finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 43.05. Senior Ethan Griffel placed 10th in the race with a time of 44.91. Senior Jeff Frey touched in at 44.95 placing 11th with the fifth-best time in Wyoming history.
Senior Jayce Calhoon earned a school record in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:44.48, as he finished third in the race. Sophomore Brendan Costello finished fourth with the eighth fastest mark at UW at 1:47.49. Sophomore Matt Cook finished seventh in the finals touching the wall at 1:48.03. Freshman Pat Jones finished 10th with a mark of 1:47.98 that ranks seventh all-time for the Pokes. Sophomore Evan Oleson rounded out the Wyoming scorers in the race finishing 12th at 1:49.02.
The 400 freestyle relay team set the final school record of the championship with a time 2:55.84. The team of Kalms, Griffel, sophomore Bryce Carter and Frey broke their school record set last season by two seconds.
Sophomore Kyle Scalise finished third in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:58.36, as he ranks fifth all-time at UW in the race. Junior Michael McCormick finished seventh in the event at 2:01.25 and junior Jordan Turner rounded out the Pokes' group finishing 12th with a time of 2:03.32. Oleson was Wyoming's lone representative in the 1,650 freestyle on his way to an eighth-place finish at 15:47.08.
Wyoming diver Derek Campbell was voted as the best diver of the WAC Championships. He won the 3-meter springboard and finished second in the platform dive. He also finished fifth in the 1-meter event.
"I think Derek is so deserving of the honor and he works so hard on every single dive and I'm so happy that every coach has recognized that," UW diving coach Yahya Radman said.
Wyoming finished the championships with three event titles and 13 school records.
"I was just super proud of our guys and we can compete with anyone in the country," Johnson exclaimed.
For Cowboys with NCAA "B" provisional times they will now wait for the NCAA Psych Sheets to come out to see if they will earn spots in next month's NCAA Championship meets. Wyoming divers are all qualified for next month's NCAA Zone "E" Diving Championships on at least one board and will continue training before traveling to Colorado Springs, Colo. on March 13.