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
Honors & Awards • School Record Holder - 100 Free - 43.47 (3/29/14) • School Record Holder - 200 Free - 1:35.62 (3/4/15) • School Record Holder - 200 IM - 1:44.03 (3/5/15) • School Record Holder - 400 IM - 3:46.00 (3/6/15) • 2014-15 All-MAC First Team • 2013-14 MAC Outstanding Swimmer of the Year • 2013-14 All-MAC First Team • 2013-14 Academic All-MAC Team • 2013-14 CSCAA Individual Scholar All-American • 2012 Olympian • 2012-13 All-MAC First Team • MSU Athletics Director's Honor Roll - Fall 2014, Spring 2013, Fall 2012
2013-14: Qualifier for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Austin, Texas ... Named the MAC Outstanding Swimmer of the Year ... All-MAC, Academic All-MAC and College Swimming Coaches Association of America Men's Individual Scholar All-America First Team honors ... Broke two school records at the NCAA championships ... Swam school-record 43.47 in the 100 free and finished 29th, 18 spots higher than set to finish ... Also placed 24th in the 400 IM and 35th in the 200 IM ... Broke a combined 11 school, pool and meet records as individual or member of relay team at the MAC championships ... Broke school, pool and MAC championship records in the 400 IM (3:47.38) and the 400 medley relay (3:10.95) ... Individual crowns include two 200 free titles at the Shamrock Invitational and Oklahoma Splash Bash, 100 free and 200 IM first-place finishes at Southern Illinois and three honors in a dual at Colorado Mesa ... Team victories in the 400 free relay at the Missouri Show-Me Showdown Missouri dual meet and Southern Illinois dual ... Swam a school-record 3:50.51 in the 400 IM at the TYR Invite that beat the field by over six seconds.
2012-13: Earned All-MAC First Team distinction in his first season with the Bears ... Ranked in the nation's top 100 in the 500 free (97th); also ranked in the top 200 in the 200 free (110th) and 100 free (161st) ... Achieved NCAA `B' cuts in both the 200 and 500 free ... Recorded three top-five finishes in his individual events at the 2013 MAC Championships...Set a new MSU varsity record in the 500 free with a prelims time of 4:23.28; was top seed heading into finals; finished fourth overall in Thursday's 500 free A-Final ... Raced to another top seed after the 200 free prelims on Day 2; dropped time in finals for a career best (1:36.82) and was MSU's highest finisher with fourth place ... Dropped an entire second off previous top time in 100 free prelims (44.46); captured first individual medal with a runner-up finish (44.68) behind Buffalo senior Matt Hogan ... Was a key contributor on the Bears' conference relays; anchored the 800 free relay and helped MSU capture its first relay win since 2010; had the second fastest relay split (19.63) of any team in the Bears' second-place 200 free relay; added another sub-20 second split (19.88) anchoring the runner-up 200 medley relay; split 43.79 to anchor the 400 free relay on the final day ... Finished the season on the Bears' all-time top-five list in the 100 free (5th), 200 free (3rd) and 500 free (1st).
London 2012 Summer Olympics: Learned of his Olympic bid on July 9, 2012 ... Was one of 46 athletes on the Latvian Olympic squad participating in 12 different sports ... Only male swimmer on the Latvian Olympic team ... Became the third MSU male swimmer to compete at the Olympics ... Turned in a 100-meter freestyle personal best (49.96) on Day 4 of the swimming prelims at the Aquatics Centre in Olympic Park; broke the 50-second barrier for the first time in his career; finished 30th out of 56 participants; less than a second away from a top-16 finish and a spot in the semifinals; was the youngest athlete to finish in the top 30.
Background: A freestyle swimmer from Valmiera, Latvia ... Swam for Valmieras BSS ... One of the top-ranked freestylers in Latvia ... In 2012, placed third overall in the 100-meter freestyle (50.18) at the European Junior Championships ... Recorded numerous lifetime bests in 2011 ... Participated in several international swim meets including the 2011 European Junior Championships, the International Sprint Festival and the 87th Latvian Swimming Championships.