The University of Wyoming men’s swimming and diving teams remained in second place after the second day at the Western Athletic Conference Championship on Thursday in Houston, Texas.

UW has 259 points while Grand Canyon continues to lead the way with 284. UNLV follows in third with 230 while Air Force is right behind at 229.

The 500-yard freestyle was strong for the Cowboys, with three advancing to the finals. Freshman Ryan Netzel set a new personal-best time of 4 minutes 24.42 seconds to finish third in the finals while also being the fourth-fastest time in UW history. Juniors Jacob Harlan and Seth Borgert took fourth and fifth, respectively, in 4:27.11 and 4:28.59.

In the 200 individual medley, sophomore Brayden Love placed seventh (1:48.67) and freshman James Bouda eighth (1:50.33).

In the lone relay of the night, the UW team of PJ Musser, Bouda, Grant Sloan and David Murphy finished fourth in 1:20.52.

In diving, senior Ryan Russi continued his solid season with a second second-place finish in two days. Russi scored 342.05 points in the 3-meter event. Freshman Brendan Byrnes also qualified for the finals and scored a career-high 271.45 to place seventh.

The meet continues today in Houston.


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