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
Springfield Native Aaron Dennis Recaps Stellar 100 Breaststroke Swim
Honors & Awards • 2013-14 All-MAC Second Team • 2013-14 Academic All-MAC Team • 2013-14 College Swimming Individual Scholar Honorable Mention • 2012-13 Academic All-MAC Honorable Mention • MSU Athletics Director's Honor Roll - Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011
2014-15 Season (Senior): Earned a top time of the season in preliminaries of the 100 breaststroke (54.99) for individual-best seventh-place finish at Mid-American Conference Championships … Advanced to the B-finals of the 200 IM and 200 breaststroke at the MAC meet … Member of 200 medley relay winning squad in Oct. 11 dual at Southern Illinois … Also placed fourth In the 100 breast against the Salukis … Had three top times of the season prior to conference championships at the Louisville Invitational (Nov. 21-23) … Best finish came in fourth in the 100 breast at the Invite … Got third in same event in final appearance at Hammons Student Center in dual against Truman State (Nov. 17) … Finished season with top-four times in three events for the Bears.
2013-14 Season (Junior): All-MAC Second team and Academic All-MAC honoree ... Named honorable mention to the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Men's Individual Scholar All-America team ... Swam NCAA consideration time in the 100 breast and finished third in event at the MAC championships ... Finished seventh with a time of 2:01.83 in the 200 breast at the MAC Championships ... Competed in multiple breast events during the season ... Placed second in the 100 breast in a time of 58.64 at the Truman State dual ... Finished third in the 50 breast with a time of 25.40 in the TYR Invitational at Northwestern.
2012-13 Season (Sophomore): Ranked 170th nationally in the 100 breast (55.51); also ranked in the nation's top-250 in the 200 breast (221st) ... Posted a new career best in the 200 IM by more than 1.5 seconds; won the consolation final edging out SIU's Calvin Kolar by .17 seconds ... Clocked in with the fourth-fastest time and a lifetime best in the 100 breast prelims; took sixth in his lone A-Final appearance at the 2013 MAC Championships ... Lowered his top mark in the 200 breast in the consolation finals to 2:02.47; placed 11th overall...Made the A-Final at the Purdue Invitational and placed eighth; just missed out on a championship final swim at the UIW Christmas Invitational ... One of three Bears in the top five of the 100 fly at the Show-Me Showdown ... Recognized on the Academic All-MAC Honorable Mention squad.
2011-12 Season (Freshman): Dropped nearly two seconds in the 100 breast (56.34) to capture sixth place at the 2012 MAC Championships; less than a second off the NCAA 'B' standard...Qualified for the 200 IM consolation final; moved up two spots from prelims to place 14th ... Swam the breaststroke leg of the third-place 200 medley relay at conference ... Wrapped up his MAC Championships debut with a 16th-place finish in the 200 breast ... During the dual meet season, he won the 100 free vs. William Jewell (1/20) ... Placed second overall in the championship final of the 50 breast at the TYR Invitational; also made the finals heat in the 100 breast (7th) ... Ranked as the Bears' top 100 breaststroker in 2012; was also among the top five MSU swimmers in the 200 breast (3rd) and 200 IM (4th).
Background: Swam four seasons for head coach Jason Hite at Greenwood Laboratory School ... Won the 100 breast (57.87) as a senior at the 2010 MSHSAA Swimming & Diving Championships ... Finished fourth at state in the 200 IM (1:55.66) his senior year ... As a junior, he made the championship finals in both individual events; placed third in the 100 breast (1:00.28) and sixth in the 200 IM (1:57.28) ... As a freshman, he was the only underclassman to qualify for the finals heat and finished seventh ... Ranked as the No. 11 recruit in the state of Missouri by CollegeSwimming.com.
Personal: Aaron Michael Dennis is the son of Denny and Marilyn Dennis ... Born on June 28, 1992 in Springfield, Mo. ... Both parents, Denny and Marilyn, are Missouri State University alumni ... Majoring in accounting.