Wyoming swimming coach gets milestone win

LARAMIE, Wyo. (Nov. 2, 2013) – Wyoming swimming and diving head coach Tom Johnson earned his 200th career victory in the Cowboys' (2-0 overall, 1-0 WAC) 179-121 win over Air Force in the Laramie Recreation Center Pool on Saturday afternoon. Johnson has won 85 duals with the Cowboys and 115 with the Cowgirls in his time at UW. Wyoming finished the afternoon with 12 event wins, as junior Adam Kalms led the way winning four events.

"I never dreamed that I would get this far, it is a testament to everyone who has been part of the program," Johnson said. "Air Force gave us a battle today, but we won some important events that turned the meet around."

Kalms opened his afternoon with a win in the 100 backstroke with a personal-best time of 49.71, a mark that ranks as the fourth fastest in Cowboy history. He also added an individual victory in the 100 butterfly at 49.49.

"We had a lot of good swims today and Adam is a tremendous athlete that has a chance to win every event he is in," Johnson said.

Wyoming's senior class made the most of their last home meet picking up four wins. Senior Ethan Griffel picked up victories in the 200 freestyle at 1:40.58 and the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:43.23. Senior Jayce Calhoon added a victory in the 200 breaststroke at 1:51.02. Fellow senior Jeff Frey also picked up a win in the 50 freestyle with an impressive time of 20.99.

Junior Ryan O'Leary earned a win in the 100 freestyle at 46.26 falling just short of his personal best. Sophomore Ryan Nelson, who is coming off a pool record in Corbett Pool last weekend, won the 200 butterfly at 1:50.1 and the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:55.91. Sophomore Kyle Scalise rounded out UW's top finishers earning a victory in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:05.75.

"Our big time guys showed up today and they keep on improving," Johnson said.

The Cowboys won both relay events against the Falcons. UW opened the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay with the team of Kalms, Scalise, Nick Rutecki and O'Leary, as they finished with a time of 1:31.39. The team of Kalms, Griffel, O'Leary and Frey closed the dual with a win in the 400 freestyle relay at 3:03.01.

The diving events were held at Air Force on Friday. Reining WAC Diver of the Week senior Derek Campbell led the Cowboys placing third in both the 1 and 3-meter springboard. Campbell tallied a 293.03 in the 3-meter event, followed by a 256.58 in the 1-meter. Freshman Jacob Rehmeier placed fifth in the 1-meter springboard at 229.65 and sixth in the 3-meter event at 190.05, as both are career-best totals.

The divers also participated in the platform dive on Saturday afternoon at Air Force. Campbell placed second in the event with a personal-best score of 276.98. Rehmeier also posted a personal-best tally of 154.13.

On the women's side, freshman Lauren Puglisi won the platform dive with a personal-best score of 190.13. Sophomore Kari Campbell wrapped up a solid week by posting a career-best in the platform at 187.43. Campbell won the 1-meter springboard on Friday with an impressive 246.00. Senior Amanda Fay took the crown in the 3-meter springboard with a tally of 265.95. Campbell finished second in the event at 258.3.

"We did some great things on the platform and I was proud of how well we did in an event that we haven't seen this season," said UW diving coach Yahya Radman.

The Cowboys and Cowgirls return to action next week heading to Chicago, Ill. to take on the University of Illinois- Chicago on Friday night. UW will also hit the pool on Saturday taking on UIC and Northwestern.

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