The Missouri State men's swimming and diving team has solid races on Friday in the 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard individual medley to stay with the pack of four teams heading into the second day of the Shamrock Invitational on Saturday
The Missouri State Bears had a first-place finisher in all but three of the 26 events in the final home men's and women's swimming and diving dual this season, leading to a sweep of the Truman State Bulldogs on Senior Day
The Missouri State men's swimming and diving team set three new season-best times against the host Aggies and No. 15 Volunteers in a Thursday double dual to conclude the Bears' training trip in Texas
Honors & Awards 2013-14 CSCAA Individual Scholar Honorable Mention 2013-14 Academic All-MAC Team 2012-13 All-MAC Second Team MAC Swimmer of the Week - Dec. 19, 2012 2012-13 Academic All-MAC First Team MSU Athletics Director's Honor Roll - Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011
2013-14: College Swimming Coaches Association of America Men's Individual Scholar All-America team honorable mention ... MAC All-Academic selection ... Placed fourth in the 100 fly finals and second in the 200 fly (1:47.66) at the MAC championships ... Won individual events against Southern Illinois (200 fly, 1:50.50), Colorado Mesa (100 fly, 51.40) and TCU at the Oklahoma Splash Bash (200 fly, 1:51.31) ... Swam a career-best 48.98 in the 200 fly at the TYR Invitational at the time for fifth place .... Fourth-place finish at the Shamrock Invitational in the 200 fly ... Help claim victories in the 200 medley relay in the Southern Illinois dual meet and a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:30.86) at the Missouri Show-Me Showdown.
2012-13: Earned All-MAC Second Team honors for the first time in his career ... Ranked 148th nationally in the 200 fly; also cracked the top-250 in the 100 fly (247th) ... Was the Bears' lone representative in the 100 fly championship heat; stayed put in fifth place with a career best time of 49.17 ... One of very few swimmers to pull 100 fly-100 back double during Friday's prelims; was .04 seconds shy of a top-eight finish in the 100 back; registered career best 50.11 in prelims; finished 11th in the evening's B-Final ... Medaled for the first time in career with a third-place finish in the 200 fly; moved into third all-time in MSU history in the 200 fly with his A-Final time of 1:48.48 ... Swam the butterfly leg on both the Bears' second-place medley relays at conference ... Recognized as MAC Swimmer of the Week (Dec. 19) for stellar outing at the UIW Invitational where he swam a personal best in the 200 fly to capture runner-up honors; also finished seventh in the A-Final of the 100 fly ... Picked up a pair of 200 fly victories against Drury and SIU/Air Force; also won the 200 back at Evansville...Landed a spot on the Academic All-MAC First Team; was one of three Bears to earn first-team distinction.
2011-12: Swam two events on the second day of the 2012 MAC Championships; Finished 18th in the 100 fly timed final (50.49); finished 11th in the 100 back timed final (51.25) ... Captured his first top-eight finish at the conference meet in the 200 fly with sixth place (1:49.48); Only .18 seconds separated third and sixth place ... During the dual meet season, he won the 200 fly on three different occasions: vs. SIU (10/15), at Truman State (1/14) and vs. Evansville (1/27) ... Also took home first place in the 500 free vs. Lindenwood (11/4)...Finished on the season's top times list in the 100 back (3rd), 100 fly (3rd) and 200 fly (2nd).
Background: Came to Missouri State from West Monroe High School and the City of Shreveport Swim Team ... Was conference champion multiple times in the 100 fly; also broke the conference meet record in the event ... Was Louisiana state champion in the 100 fly as a junior; also finished third at state in the 200 IM his junior season ... Received numerous academic awards as a student at West Monroe including Senior of Distinction.
Personal: Matthew Wilson is the son of John and Kathy Wilson ... Born October 12, 1992 in West Monroe, La. ... Majoring in exercise & movement science.