Carpenter, McKnight and Wilson earned first team honors; four Bears named honorable mention
April 16, 2013
2013 Academic All-MAC Release
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Seven Missouri State men's swimmers were honored Tuesday (April 16) by the Mid-American Conference for their performance on the court and in the classroom. The sophomore trio of Chris Carpenter, Isaac McKnight and Matthew Wilson were named to the Academic All-MAC first team, while four others were honorable mention selections following a vote by the league's faculty athletic representatives.
A total of 18 student-athletes were nominated to the Academic All-MAC first team as 2013 champion Eastern Michigan led the way with six. Missouri State joined Miami (Ohio) with three apiece on the first team listing. In all, 29 additional athletes were named honorable mention.
Missouri State's Chris Carpenter and Matthew Wilson joined the exclusive group of Brian Moore (EMU), Andrew Saunders (EMU), Calvin Kolar (SIU) and Kegan Skelton (SIU), who all collected first-team academic honors and either All-MAC first-team or second-team honors.
Carpenter, an All-MAC second team selection for the second year in a row, finished the season on a high note by earning two A-Final swims at the conference meet. He finished sixth in the 200 IM and fifth overall in the 100 breast. For the first time in his career, he recorded an NCAA `B' cut in the 100 breast and moved into fourth all-time (54.98) in Missouri State history in the event. The 2013 MSU Darin Kent Spirit Award winner has a 3.31 GPA in accounting.
McKnight made the first team on the strength of a 3.78 GPA in general business and a strong performance at the 2013 MAC Swimming & Diving Championships. The sophomore from Chickasha, Okla., was a member of the gold medal 800 free relay at conference, helping set a new Missouri State varsity record along the way. McKnight finished top 16 in all three of his individual events, including A-Final appearances in the 100 free (6th) and 200 free (8th).
Wilson rounds out the Bears' contingent among the Academic All-MAC first team with a 3.51 GPA in exercise & movement science. The native of West Monroe, La., wrapped up the 2012-13 campaign with honors including All-MAC second team recognition and a MAC Swimmer of the Week award (Dec. 19). At the MAC Championships, the sophomore medaled for the first time in his career with a third-place finish in the 200 fly and moved into third all-time in Missouri State history with his time of 1:48.48. Wilson also swam the butterfly leg on both of the Bears' runner-up medley relays.
In addition to Carpenter, McKnight and Wilson, senior Daan Jansen, juniors Michal Bulak and Jared Roberts, and sophomore Aaron Dennis were recognized on the Academic All-MAC honorable mention squad.
Eleven MSU swimmers have earned the MAC academic award during the Bears' four years as a member in the conference. Of the 11, three are repeat honorees including senior Daan Jansen (11-12-13), junior Jared Roberts (12-13) and graduate Tyler Saltzberry (11-12).
To qualify for the Academic All-MAC honor, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and participated in at least 50 percent of the contests. The award is based on outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments for the current season. In addition, first-year students are not eligible for nominations.