Swimming & Diving Bears Land Eight on Academic All-MAC Team
MSU claimed a league-high eight spots on the Academic All-MAC Team.
MSU claimed a league-high eight spots on the Academic All-MAC Team.

April 30, 2014

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Eight members of the Missouri State swimming & diving team have been named to the Academic All-MAC Team, the league announced Wednesday.

Juniors Chris Carpenter, Aaron Dennis, Garrett Nevels and Matthew Wilson as well as sophomores Miguel Davila, Uvis Kalnins, Jack Snow and Isaac Springer were each honored.

Missouri State led the league in Academic All-MAC selections, which were voted on by conference schools’ faculty athletics representatives.

Carpenter, an accounting major with a 3.33 grade-point average, earned an NCAA consideration time in the 200-yard IM at the MAC championships in 1:49.03 to finish fourth in the championship final of the event. He also was second in the consolation final of the 100 breaststroke in 55.97 and earned Academic All-MAC for the first time in his career.

Dennis, an accounting major with a 3.75 GPA, was named to All-MAC second team at conference championships after finishing third in the 100 breaststroke championship final in an NCAA consideration time of 54.79. He was also seventh in the 200 breaststroke ‘A’ final in 2:01.64. Dennis was named Academic All-MAC honorable mention in 2013.



Nevels has earned a 3.26 GPA and was named MAC Diver of the Year and an All-MAC first-team selection this season. He bettered his own school record in the one-meter meter event with 363.45 points at the MAC meet for the win. Nevels also competed in both the one- and three-meter events at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships. The Academic All-MAC plaudits are the first of his career.

Wilson joins the Academic All-MAC Team for the second straight season. An exercise and movement science major with a 3.63 GPA, Wilson was an All-MAC second team selection at championships after placing second in the 200 butterfly championship final (1:47.79), fourth in the 100 fly championship final (48.44) and eighth in the 100 backstroke ‘A’ final (50.62).

Davila, studying international business with a 3.57 GPA, was an All-MAC first team honoree at the conference championship after helping set three school records. Davila holds school marks in the 1,000 freestyle (9:09.32), 1,650 free (15:07.93) and 800-free relay (6:30.68). He also posted NCAA ‘B’ cuts in the mile and 500 free (4:22.72).

Kalnins, an international business student with a 3.50 GPA, was named MAC Swimmer of the Year at the conference meet as well as All-MAC first team. Kalnins also represented the Bears at the NCAA championships and set school records in the 100 free (43.47), 400 IM (3:47.03), 200-medley relay (1:26.93) and 400-medley relay (3:10.95).

Snow boasts a 3.96 GPA in biology and was an All-MAC second team selection at MAC championships. He finished sixth in the 200 backstroke championship final (1:47.36), seventh in the 100 back (49.67) and won the 50 free ‘B’ final (20.62). Snow helped his 200-free relay squad set at pool record in win the event in 1:19.84.

Springer, a cell and molecular biology major with a 3.55 GPA, earned All-MAC second team honors at MAC championships. He claimed the MSU record in the 200 breaststroke in a NCAA consideration time of 1:58.22) and 200- and 400-medley relays.

The Bears also placed seniors Michal Bulak, Yuri Garanito and Jared Roberts and juniors Isaac McKnight and Max Pratt on the honorable mention team.

To be eligible for recognition, student-athletes must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for their particular sports. First-year students and junior-college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.

Missouri State won its first MAC championship and 19th conference title overall on March 8.

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