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
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 men's swimming and diving team breaks four pool records at Missouri S&T to beat the Miners after back-to-back days of competition
Honors & Awards • 2014-15 All-MAC Second Team • 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.