The Bears' women's swimming and diving team has three individuals crowned champions as Missouri State wins its eighth straight Missouri Valley Conference Championship and 12th title in the last 13 years
Several swimmers earn bids to the podium as the Missouri State women's swimming and diving team continues to lead the team standings on Friday before heading into the final day of competition
Gold-medal winners Dora Kiss and Lauren Pavel break conference and school records as the Missouri State women's swimming and diving team continues its goal towards an eighth-straight MVC championship Thursday
Missouri State women's swimming and diving sits in first place after finishing first in the 200 medley relay and setting a school-record in the 800 free relay to begin the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference Championship
The Bears achieve six season-best times in its final meet before the Mid-American Conference Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in March
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.
Head coach Dave Collins gave Bears All-Access a look into the 2014-15 Missouri State swimming and diving team.
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.