Uvis Kalnins, Paul Le and Garrett Nevels compete in the opening day of the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday, with Kalnins finishing a team-best 23rd in the 200 IM
Senior Paul Le and junior Uvis Kalnins are selected as qualifiers to the NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships Wednesday, joining Missouri State senior Garrett Nevels for a school-record three Bears to compete at the national level
The Bears win three titles on the final day of the 2015 Mid-American Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, but they're not enough as Missouri State finishes runner-up by a slim 20 points
The Missouri State men's swimming and diving team earns four conference championships - behind three Mid-American Conference- and pool-record times - to retake a slim lead heading into the final day of the 2015 MAC Championships
Miguel Davila and Uvis Kalnins break school records to highlight the Bears' second day of action at the 2015 Mid-American Conference Men's Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday
Missouri State sends a school-record three student-athletes to the NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships which begin Thursday, March 26, on the campus of the University of Iowa.
Head coach Dave Collins speaks to Bears All-Access following the Missouri State split with Drury in the Duel in the Pool swimming and diving meet on Thursday, Jan. 22, at Breech Pool.
Dave Collins discusses the Bears' swimming and diving sweep of Truman State at Hammons Student Center on Jan. 17.
Missouri State swimming and diving student-athletes Garrett Nevels and Andi Burroughs, along with head coach Dave Collins, talk to Bears All-Access about the Bears' training trip and previews the upcoming home meet against Truman State on Senior Day
Men's and women's swimming and diving head coach Dave Collins discusses the Duel in the Pool meet against Drury University.
The 2013-14 season proved to be one of the most memorable in Missouri State swimming and diving history, with both the men and women sweeping their respective conference titles. The men won their 19th conference championship in school history and their first as a member of the Mid-American Conference, while the women earned their seventh straight Missouri Valley Conference title and their 11th overall. Collins earned his second straight year of Coach of the Year honors from both the MVC and MAC. He also was the head coach of MAC Outstanding Diver Garrett Nevels, MAC Swimmer of the Year Uvis Kalnins and three-time MVC Swimmer of the Year Renata Sander.
Several school records were broken throughout the year, with Kalnins and Paul Le breaking previous milestones at the 2014 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas. The Bears were also recognized by Collegeswimming.com in February, receiving a No. 24 national ranking following a defeat of the No. 25 Iowa Hawkeyes in a dual at the Shamrock Invitational.
In his first full season at the helm in 2012-13, Collins swept Coach of the Year honors, voted on by Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) and Mid-American Conference (MAC) head coaches. The Bears won an unprecedented sixth straight title at the 2013 MVC Women's Swimming & Diving Championships in Carbondale, Ill. Altogether, Missouri State won 11 events and picked up five NCAA provisional times, while junior Renata Sander and freshman Dora Kiss shared co-MVC Swimmer of the Year accolades.
Meanwhile, the Missouri State men experienced a successful run during the 2012-13 campaign, capped off by the Bears' first NCAA Championship appearance since 2005. Sophomore qualifier Paul Le became the first swimmer in school history to score points at NCAAs with a top-16 finish in the 200-yard backstroke, earning him Division I All-American honorable mention recognition. As a team, Missouri State recorded its highest finish (2nd) at a MAC Championship event, just six points away from unseating Eastern Michigan for the title. The men notched 12 NCAA `B' cuts throughout the season and after a 23-year hiatus from the NCAA Division I Top 25, the Bears debuted at No. 23 in the season's first poll.