Davila leads way with first-place finish in 500 free
Honors and Awards • 2015-16 All-MAC Second Team • 2014-15 CSCAA Scholar All-America Honorable Mention • MSU Athletic Director's Honor Roll - Fall 2015, Spring 2015
2015-16 Season (Junior): Earned an All-MAC Second Team selection following efforts at the 2016 MAC Championship … Took runner-up and topped previous pool record with lifetime-best mark of 54.14 in the 100 breast at the MAC meet … Finished fifth in the finals after coming in with top time of career in 200 breast (1:58.16) prelims, which also had topped previous pool record time … Member of Missouri State’s silver medal-winning 200 medley relay squad which completed a season-best time of 1:27.89 … Had top times of year in several events during Purdue Invitational, including the 50 free, 100 breast and 200 breast … Finished event-high 10th place in 100 breast with a time of 56.08 … Led team with a third-place finish in the 100 breast (56.34) and also got ninth in the 200 breast (2:06.19) … Also scored points in the 200 breast and 50 free in dual versus Texas A&M (Jan. 7) … Finished with top time of career in the 100 free (47.97) at Truman State on Jan. 16 … Completed year with team’s second fastest mark in the 100 breast and third fastest in the 200 breast.
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.