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
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
Honors & Awards · School Record Holder - 1-Meter - 411.87 (10/16/14) · School Record Holder - 3-Meter - 388.58 (10/16/14) · 2014-15 NCAA Qualifier · 2014-15 All-MAC Second Team · 2013-14 MAC Outstanding Diver of the Year · 2013-14 All-MAC First Team · 2013-14 Academic All-MAC Team · 2012-13 MSU Male Diver of the Year · 2011-12 MSU Male Diver of the Year · MSU Athletics Director's Honor Roll - Fall 2014, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012
2014-15 Season (Senior): First Bears diver to qualify for NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships in previous 25 years and third MSU diver to ever do so ... Qualified for NCAAs with top-eight finish at Zone D Championship in Iowa City on the 1-meter board with 669.90 points ... Also advanced to NCAAs with 12th-place finish on the 3-meter board by tallying 697.35 points ... Eventually finished 41st and 47th overall at the NCAA Championships in 3- and 1-meter diving, respectively ... Earned silver medal on 1-meter and placed fourth on 3-meter at the Mid-American Conference Championships ... Named to the All-MAC Second Team ... Shattered school and pool records in the `Duel in the Pool' at Hammons Student Center on Oct. 16 ... Beat own school record in 1-meter diving by more than 54 points (411.87) and topped HSC best set previous season by Missouri's David Bonuchi ... Also beat own record in 3-meter diving setting mark of 388.58, skipping over previous high of 378.38 set in 2004 by Evan Watters of Missouri ... Chosen as MAC Swimmer of the Week following the performance ... Won following `Duel in Pool' at Drury on Jan. 22 ... Several runner-up finishes including events at Southern Illinois (Oct. 11), vs. Denver (Oct. 24-25), at Missouri (Oct. 31) and the Louisville Invitational (Nov. 21-23) ... Placed fourth with 315.50 points on the 3-meter board and fifth with 304.85 on 1-meter at Texas A&M Double Dual ... Also got third on 3m (372.65) and fourth on 1m (324.55) at the Shamrock Invite.
2013-14 Season (Junior): Named an All-MAC First Team and Academic All-MAC honoree ... Selected as the MAC Outstanding Diver of the Year ... Qualified to compete at the NCAA Zone D Diving Regionals in Iowa City, Iowa ... Nearly missed out on a trip to the NCAA Swimming and Diving championships ... Tied for 21st overall in 3-meter diving with 326.10 points, missing the cut by 13 points ... Preliminary round score of 310.40 in 1-meter placed him in 23rd, five spots out of advancing ... Won MAC championship in 1-meter diving by breaking own school record with a score of 357.60 ... Placed third at MAC championships with 327.75 points in 3-meter diving ... Earned MAC Swimmer of the Week on Oct. 28, 2013, after sweeping 1- and 3-meter diving events against Drury University ... Broke 26-year-old Hammons Student Center pool record with 357.67 points in 1-meter event in Drury dual ... Claimed 1-meter diving crown at TYR Invitational on the Northwestern campus and in duals against Southern Illinois and Evansville ... Finished fourth in platform event at TYR Invite.
2012-13 Season (Sophomore): Named MSU Male Diver of the Year for the second straight season...Set new school records on both 1- and 3-meter during the 2012-13 campaign ... At the NCAA Zone `D' Diving Championships for the second time in as many years; posted a two-round total of 628.50 points on 1-meter to finish 12th out 31 divers; added another top-15 finish in 3-meter with a score of 642.90 and 15th place ... Qualified for the A-Final in the 1- and 3-meter diving events at the 2013 MAC Championships; started off the meet with a bronze medal on 1-meter (333.85); had a record-breaking performance in the 3-meter competition with a new MSU record and the third-best prelims score (378.60); dropped to seventh overall in finals (313.70) ... Against then-No. 20 Penn State, Nevels won the 1-meter competition and set a new MSU standard in the event with a score of 357.60 ... Earned MAC Athlete of the Week laurels for first time in career after performance against the ranked Nittany Lion squad ... Had seven first-place finishes during the dual-meet season; runner-up finish on 1- and 3-meter at UIW Christmas Invitational.
2011-12 Season (Freshman): Recipient of the MSU Male Diver of the Year awad ... Competed in the NCAA Zone 'D' Diving Championships in Iowa City, Iowa; Finished 22nd out of 31 competitors in the 3-meter competition; On the second day, he advanced past the preliminary round and made the top-18; Had a composite score of 575.20 and finished 15th overall ... At the 2012 MAC Championships, he was less than two points away from qualifying for the A-Final on 1-meter; placed 11th overall ... To close out the conference championships, he scored a season-best 329.40 points on 3-meter and finished seventh overall...Won on 1-meter at six dual meets ... Took home first place in 3-meter diving at four separate duals...Placed first out of nine competitors in the 1-meter diving competition at the UIW Christmas Invitational ... Was No. 1 on the season's top performers list for both the 1- and 3-meter diving.
Background: Lettered all four years at Lee's Summit (Mo.) High School...Coached by diving-great Tom Hairabedian, who competed in more than 50 U.S. Masters National Championships and three FINA Masters World Championships ... Earned all-state honors twice and is a four-time all-Big 7 Conference selection ... Achieved highest finish at Missouri state championships with a silver medal (427.90 points) ... Scored 13 points for Lee's Summit as a junior with sixth-place finish at state (378.10) ... One of four underclassmen to compete in the MSHSAA Diving Championship finals as a sophomore; finished 10th (352.60) ... Lettered in track & field his senior year, competing in the pole vault.
Personal: Garrett T. Nevels is the son of Mike Nevels and Gail Leaderbrand ... Born Jan. 18, 1993 in Independence, Mo. ... His father is a Missouri State grad and his brother, Devin, also attends MSU ... Majoring in marketing.