Sophomore Paul Le becomes first MSU athlete to place top 16 at nationals, earn DI All-American recognition
March 30, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - On the final night of the 2013 NCAA Division I Swimming & Diving Championships when three American records fell at IU Natatorium, Missouri State sophomore Paul Le was making history of his own. Finishing 15th overall in the 200-yard backstroke, Le became the first Bear to place top 16 at nationals and earn NCAA All-American honorable mention recognition.
In the consolation finals, the sophomore sensation from Moore, Okla., posted a time of 1:42.57, which was slightly slower than his prelims performance of 1:41.69. Split evenly down the middle, half of the B-Finalists dropped time from this morning's session, while half of the field added time.
Wisconsin sophomore Andrew Teduits was crowned champion in the championship final with a time of 1:38.27, winning by more than a second over second-place finisher David Nolan of Stanford. Additionally, fellow Mid-American Conference swimmer Jacob Hanson (EMU) placed fourth overall and lowered the MAC conference record to 1:39.87.
The 15th-place finish for Le on Saturday (March 30) put Missouri State on the scoreboard at NCAAs for the first time ever. The Bears finished the NCAA Championships with 2 points, which was good for 39th place. In the 53-team field, a total of 13 schools failed to score a point on the weekend.
Le's swim wraps up an exciting 2012-13 season, which included a runner-up finish for the Bears at the 2013 MAC Championships in Carbondale, Ill.
QUICK FACTS ON TOP 16 OF 200-YARD BACKSTROKE
-Schools represented in the top 16 of the 200 back included Arizona, California, Eastern Michigan, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri State, Penn State, Stanford (3), Tennessee, Texas (2), Virginia and Wisconsin.
-More than half of the top 16 qualifiers were underclassmen. By class, there were five freshman, five sophomores, two juniors and four seniors.
2013 NCAA Individual Awards
Swimmer of the Year - Kevin Cordes, Arizona
Diver of the Year - Kristian Ipsen, Stanford
Swimming Coach of the Year - Mike Bottom, Michigan
Diving Coach of the Year - Dr. Rick Schavone, Stanford