The Bears' first NCAA qualifier since 2005 is seeded 18th overall in the 200-yard backstroke
March 25, 2013
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Missouri State swimming standout Paul Le is set to wrap up a historic sophomore campaign this week at the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Swimming & Diving Championships held March 28-30 in downtown Indianapolis. Prelims at the Indiana University Natatorium are set for 11 a.m. (EST), followed by the finals session at 7 p.m. (EST).
In all, 235 male swimmers were invited to the NCAA Championships with roughly 29 athletes qualifying in each individual event. Le earned an NCAA bid with his 200-yard backstroke performance during the prelims of the 2013 MAC Championships nearly three weeks ago. At 1:42.44, the sophomore from Moore, Okla., registered the 18th-fastest 200 back time in the nation. His NCAA journey will include the 200 IM on Thursday (March 28), the 100 back on Friday, and the 200 back on Saturday to cap off the weekend.
In just his second year with the Missouri State swimming & diving program, Le set new school records in three separate events (100 back, 200 back, 200 IM), and bettered his previous varsity record in the 200 back by more than two seconds. In addition to the three records, he also registered the Bears' fastest time this season in the 50 free and 100 fly.
NCAA HISTORY - MISSOURI STATE
Sophomore Paul Le joins elite company, becoming just the sixth Bear to qualify for the NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships in 31 years at the Division I level. Prior to Le, the last Bear to make NCAAs was Matt Beasley in 2005. Beasley placed 36th overall in his events (200 IM, 200 free).
Le looks to emerge as the first MSU athlete to score points at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. In 2002, NCAA qualifier Josh Wegrzyn recorded the highest finish of any Bears' swimmer/diver, placing 20th in the 100-yard backstroke. Wegrzyn came up short and was just four spots removed from MSU's first-ever NCAA Division I national finish.
The list of Missouri State NCAA DI qualifiers also includes Eric Christiansen (1- and 3-meter diving) in 1990, Mike Ablard (100 breaststroke) in 1985 and Don Fearon (1- and 3-meter diving) in 1982.
Live results can be found at: http://results.teamunify.com/nsss/results/NCAA/2013Men/.
A live webcast of the NCAA Division I Men's Swimming & Diving Championships is available for Thursday (prelims/finals), Friday (prelims) and Saturday (prelims) at http://www.ihigh.com/indianasportscorp/. The finals sessions for Friday and Saturday's competition will be broadcast on ESPN3. Check your local listings for availability as start times are subject to change.
This week's championship meet marks the 11th time that the IU Natatorium has hosted the NCAA Championships, more than any other venue across the country. In addition, 11 World records and 90 American records have been broken at the IU Natatorium.
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