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
Miguel Davila and Uvis Kalnins break school records to highlight the Bears' second day of action at the 2015 Mid-American Conference Men's Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday
Honors & Awards · School Record Holder - 500 Free - 4:21.02 (3/5/15) · School Record Holder - 1000 Free - 9:07.56 (3/7/15) · School Record Holder - 1650 Free - 15:06.54 (3/7/15) · 2014-15 All-MAC First Team · 2013-14 All-MAC First Team · 2013-14 Academic All-MAC Team · 2013-14 College Swimming Individual Scholar Honorable Mention · 2012-13 All-MAC First Team · 2012-13 MSU Male Freshman Swimmer of the Year · MSU Athletics Director's Honor Roll - Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013
2014-15 Season (Junior): First-team all-conference performer … Broke three school records at the 2015 Mid-American Conference Championships … Set MSU and pool records behind a gold-medal winning 15:06.54 finish in the 1650 freestyle … Earned silver medals with ‘B’ cut times in both the 400 IM (3:52.09) and the 500 freestyle (4:21.02), with the latter breaking an MSU record … Picked up MAC Swimmer of the Week (Nov. 24) honors after first-place finishes in the 500 free and 1650 free at the Louisville Invitational (Nov. 21-23) … Won the 1000 freestyle in both editions of the ‘Duel in the Pool, while also setting a pool record in the same event in a dual at Missouri S&T (Jan. 23) … Touched in first in the 500 free against Drury at Hammons Student Center, while getting runner-up in the event at the Texas A&M Double Dual (Jan. 8) … Also placed second the 1000 free in duals against Denver (Oct. 24-25), Missouri (Oct. 31) and Texas A&M … Finished the season with three of team’s fastest times and the second fastest time in the 400 IM.
2013-14 (Sophomore): Named to the All-MAC First Team and the All-Academic team ... Listed as an honorable mention for the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Individual Scholar All-America Team ... Swam a school-record time of 15:07.93 in the 1,650 free on the final day of the MAC championships ... Helped win a conference title and set a school-record 6:30.68 mark in the 800 free relay at the MAC championships ... Won 1,000 free events in duals against Drury, Southern Illinois, TCU and Colorado-Mesa ... Finished second among individuals in the seven-team TYR Invitational at Northwestern in the 1,650 free ... Competed in 500 free events, including a fourth place finish in the 500 free championship at the TYR invite in November. 2012-13 (Freshman): Named to the 2013 All-MAC First Team in his first season with the Bears...Tabbed MSU Male Freshman Swimmer of the Year ... Ranked 75th nationally in the 1650 free; also ranked in the top 250 in the 500 free (189th) and 400 IM (3:57.89) ... Recorded first career NCAA consideration time in the 1650 free (15:18.83); was under NCAA `B' cut by more than 11 seconds ... Finished top five in all three of his individual events at the 2013 MAC Championships ... Moved up a spot on Day 1 with a fifth-place finish in the 500 free; registered best time in prelims (4:27.27) ... Placed fifth in the 400 IM and was the Bears' top finisher in the A-Final (3:57.89) ... Concluded first MAC Championship meet with a victory in the 1650 free on Saturday (March 9); teamed up with Caleb Schuermann for the 1-2 punch ... Shaky start in first dual meet (Truman State) was quickly erased after dropping 32 seconds in the 500 free to register the Bears' fastest time at the Northwestern Dual Invitational against the Wildcats, No. 20 Iowa and (RV) Notre Dame ... Continued his breakout weekend in Evanston, Ill., with a runner-up finish in the 1650 free (15:39.92), which vaulted him into the No. 1 spot on the Bears' and MAC top times lists.
Background: January 2013 enrollee ... Has competed in several international swimming competitions ... Placed top-20 in the 800-meter freestyle (16th) and 1500-meter freestyle (19th) at the 2011 FINA World Youth Championships in Lima, Peru ... Won Junior South American titles in the 400-meter free, 400-meter IM and 1500-meter free; also a Junior Central American champion in the 1500-freestyle ... Member of the Colombian National Team ... Competed in the Junior Pan-American games in 2010.
Personal: Miguel Andres Davila Penaloza is the son of Octavio Davila and Patricia Penaloza ... Born on Feb. 4, 1994 in San Andres, a coral island in the Caribbean Sea ... Has one sister, Angela ... Plans to major in international business.