Kalnins 400 IM School Record Highlights Swimming Bears' Day 2 at NCAA Championships
March 28, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas - Missouri State sophomore Uvis Kalnins lowered his own school record in the 400-yard individual medley prelims on the second day the 2014 NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championships at Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on Friday.
Kalnins swam 3:47.03, bettering his own school mark of 3:47.38 from the MAC championships on March 7, to place 24th overall. The Valmiera, Latvia, native came into the event seeded 34th.
Junior Paul Le was 35th in the 100 backstroke prelims in a time of 47.23 and was only a half-second off of his best time.
"Both Uvis and Paul did a great job this morning racing against a very talented field in events that again got faster than last year," said Missouri State assistant coach Josh Udermann. "For Uvis to drop time and move up in his event is very tough to do at the national level.
"Paul was just off his best time in the 100 backstroke and I think that sets up well for tomorrow, showing that he has great front-end speed to get out in his 200 backstroke," Udermann said. "I am excited to see both race tomorrow morning in arguably their best events."
The final day of the NCAA championships gets underway at 11 a.m., Saturday with the prelims of the 200 back for Le and 100 freestyle for Kalnins. Le enters his event seeded 24th, while Kalnins is seeded 47th in his.
Kalnins is looking forward to his last event of the meet. He holds the MSU 100-free record in at 43.61, set at the MAC championships, and is seeded 47th in the field with the time.
"The 100 free is one of my favorite races and definitely one of my best events, and it also is the shortest distance I'm racing in during this meet," Kalnins said.
Le will attempt to make it back to the 200 back finals for a second year in a row after earning a spot in the consolation finals of the event in 2013. He finished 15th overall and became the Bears' first All-American in history. The Moore, Okla., native enters the event as the 24th seed at 1:41.95.
"[I need to] just stay in my own game, don't change the way I race, like I did today," Le said.