Uldis Tazans
Uldis  Tazans

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Riga, Latvia

High School:
Rigas Jana Poruka Secondary School

Event:
Breast/Fly

Major:
Physical Education

06/30/2015

Bears Named to CSCAA All-America Team List, Nine Selected as Scholar All-Americans

The men's swimming and diving team finishes sixth among all Division I programs in team GPA while Garrett Nevels and Uvis Kalnins earn CSCAA Scholar All-America honors

03/07/2015

Men's Swimming & Diving Gets Runner-up at MAC Championship

The Bears win three titles on the final day of the 2015 Mid-American Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, but they're not enough as Missouri State finishes runner-up by a slim 20 points

03/06/2015

Strong Third Day Showing Propels Bears Back Into Lead

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

03/05/2015

Records Shattered as MSU Finishes Day Two at MAC Championship

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

01/31/2015

Men's Swimming & Diving Places Third at Shamrock Invite

The Bears achieve six season-best times in its final meet before the Mid-American Conference Men's Swimming and Diving Championships in March

Honors and Awards
2014-15 CSCAA Scholar All-America Honorable Mention

2014-15 Season (Sophomore):
Set three lifetime-best marks at the Mid-American Conference Championships ... Narrowly missed out on medaling in two events ... Placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke (54.49) and the 200 breaststroke (1:58.63) ... His 200 breast time met the NCAA `B' standard ... Also set a career best in the 50 freestyle prelims (21.30) ... Made an A-finals appearance at the Louisville Invitational in the 100 breast and eventually got eighth ... Swam two more top times to that point in 200 breast and 50 free in the Invite ... Won second collegiate event in the 100 breast in a dual at Southern Illinois (Oct. 11) ... Had fourth and sixth-place finishes in events at the Texas A&M Double Dual (Jan. 8) and sixth and seventh showings at the Shamrock Invitational (Jan. 31) ... Finished season with Bears' fastest time in the 200 breast and second fastest in the 100 breast.

2013-14 Season (Freshman): Joined the Bears in January, 2014, in time for the dual against Colorado Mesa ... Finished fourth in the 100 IM ... Also swam breaststroke leg of 800 medley relay that placed second in a time of 7:49.11 ... Won first event of collegiate career in 100 breast in dual against Truman State ... Placed fourth overall at the MAC championships in the 100 breast with a 55.05 ... Won the B-final of the 200 breast (2:00.24) at the championships.

Background:
Has won many Latvian championships, holding records in breaststrokes and relays ... Swam in 11th FINA Short-Course World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, in 2013 ... Earned 'B' cut time in FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, in 2013, in the 50-meter breaststroke ... Won Baltic State Championships in Serbia in 2012 ... Also swam in European championships in Debrecen, Hungary in 2012 ... Went to 2011 European Championships in Serbia ... Became Latvian champion for first time in 2010 and swam in European Junior Championships in Finland.

Personal:
Born Oct. 25, 1993, in Riga, Latvia ... Son of Ina and Normunds Tazans ... Has one sister, Ieva Baumerte, and one brother, Martins Birks ... Plans on majoring in physical education at Missouri State ... Would like to become a coach.

Career Bests at Missouri State
Event Time Opponent/Meet Date
100 Breast 54.49 2015 MAC Championships 3/6/15
200 Breast 1:58.63 2015 MAC Championships - Prelims 3/7/15
200 Fly 2:15.55 Missouri Show-Me Showdown 10/3/14
50 Free 21.30 2015 MAC Championships 3/5/15
100 Free 48.59 vs. Evansville 10/10/14
200 Free 2:00.90 Missouri Show-Me Showdown 10/3/14

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