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
2013-14: 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: 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: 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.