MSU defeated in one of narrowest margins; Head coach Dave Collins named MAC Swimming Coach of the Year
MSU Athletics Director's Honor Roll - Spring 2013, Spring 2012
2012-13 Logged first top-16 conference finish of career at 2013 MAC Championships ... Placed 17th in the 1-meter diving competition, just missing out on qualifying for the B-Final ... Rose to the occasion on 3-meter and secured sixth place in prelims with a personal best score of 305.95; dropped to eighth place in championship final, despite score of 299.30 ... Picked up his first collegiate victory at Evansville with a win on 3-meter (275.18) ... Recorded an MSU career best (264.90) on 1-meter at Drury dual meet in January.
2011-12 Placed 20th in 1-meter diving at the 2012 MAC Championships ... Had his highest finish of the conference meet on the 3-meter board; Finished just behind teammate Elijah Swaim in 18th place ... Finished second on the season's top performance list in both 1- and 3-meter diving ... Had a season-best performance on 1-meter (251.10) at the UIW Christmas Invitational in December...Registered a season best 269.48 on the road versus Drury (1/19).
Background: A three-time letterwinner diving for Chris Murphy at Liberty (Mo.) High School ... Concluded high school career by placing second at conference and third at the 2010 MSHSAA State Swimming & Diving Championships (406.05); became first Liberty diver to hit the 400-point plateau since Adam Curnow in 1992 ... His six- and 11-dive scores both rank on the LHS all-time top-10 list...A two-time all-conference and all-state honoree ... Named diving team captain during his junior and senior campaigns...Finished sixth at conference and 15th at state as a junior.
Personal: Zachary Tyler Wheeler is the son of Brian and Tracy Wheeler ... Born Dec. 7, 1992 in Kansas City, Mo...Has two siblings, Aaron Wheeler and Nick Roofener ... Majoring in exercise & movement science; would like to become athletic trainer and diving coach following graduation.