May 25, 2012
Early Signing Period Release
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Missouri State swimming & diving head coach Dave Collins announced Friday (May 25) the addition of seven swimmers joining the program for the 2012-13 season. Combined with the seven swimmers during November’s early signing period, the Bears’ swimming & diving program will have 14 new faces on its 2012-13 roster.
“It is going to be a battle competing within our own team for scoring spots on the conference teams,” head coach Dave Collins said. “We have some really good incoming freshmen that will be able to make an impact and hopefully help us continue to grow as a program.”
On the women’s side, Collins identified a need to build depth in several areas and will bring in 12 swimmers to fill the void of eight graduating seniors.
With only three seniors on the men’s team, the Bears were looking to improve in the sprint freestyle and stroke events and addressed those needs with the addition of Uvis Kalnins and Isaac Springer.
“Academically, I am really happy with the men’s and women’s incoming freshmen,” Collins said. “They really embody what we’re looking for in a student-athlete. When you partner what these swimmers have done in high school, both academically and athletically, I think they’ll come in and be able to really contribute while they’re here.”
Isaac Springer – Omaha, Neb. – Millard West High
Springer competed for Millard West High School and Millard Aquatic Club under head coach Tracy Stauffer. As a senior, he earned NISCA All-American honors after being crowned state champion in the 100 breast. The breaststroke specialist moved up to No. 4 on Nebraska’s All-Time Top 10 list in the 100 breast with his prelims time (56.92) at the 2012 State Swimming & Diving Championships. He finished his high school career with a new pool, school, and Metro Conference record in the 100 breast. Springer followed up his championship performance with bronze medals in the 100 and 200 breast at the 2012 Region VIII Spring Sectionals championship meet in Jenks, Okla. During his sophomore and junior year campaigns, he placed top-six at the state meet in the 100 breast and as a member of the 200 medley relay. The four-time athletic and academic letterman at Millard West was recognized on the All-Metro and All-Conference teams in 2011 and 2012. In addition, he was named to the Metro Conference All-Academic team four years in-a-row. He chose Missouri State over Alabama, Minnesota and Pittsburgh.
Andi Burroughs – Maumelle, Ark. – Arkansas Baptist High
Burroughs was coached by Shelly Greenwood at Arkansas Baptist High School and swam club for Matt Adams on the Dolphin-Laser Swim Team. As a senior, she qualified for the Arkansas State High School Championship in five individual events, placing fourth in the 200 IM and fifth in the 100 breast. Prior to the state meet, Burroughs was named to the All-Region team after winning the 100 fly and 200 IM at the All-Region meet. She qualified for the 2012 Region VIII Spring Sectionals meet for the first time and made the C-Final in the 200 breast. She was named a National Scholar-Athlete two years in a row and garnered All-State honors in the 100 fly and 200 IM in 2011. Burroughs was a co-captain of the Arkansas Baptist swim team during her first three years and was the captain as a senior. She chose Missouri State over Arkansas-Little Rock and Drury.
Emily Chesser – Wichita, Kan. – Wichita Southeast High
Chesser competed four years at Wichita Southeast High School and swam for one of the top club teams in the Midwest, Wichita Swim Club. This March, she was one of nine swimmers to represent WSC at the 2012 NCSA Junior National Championships in Orlando, Fla. The four-year letterwinner has left her mark on the Wichita Southeast swimming program with school records in eight events including relays. As a junior in 2011, she picked up All-State honors in Kansas for the second consecutive year, placing third in both the 200 IM and 100 back. Her sophomore year, she registered fifth-place finishes in the 200 free and 100 back at the 6A state meet. She is a seven-time individual champion at Wichita’s City League Championships and has earned a spot on the All-City team all four years. Chesser’s cousin, Geoff Stanford, is a current member of the Missouri State football team.
Olivia Gean – Fort Smith, Ark. – Northside High
Gean was a member of the Northside High swimming program and swam year round for head coach Ian Bullock and the Fort Smith Tideriders. At the 2012 Arkansas State Swimming & Diving Championships, she scored a silver medal in the 500 free (5:29.53), followed by a fourth-place performance in the 100 breast (1:08.91). In 2009, Gean qualified for the Region VIII Summer Sectionals championship meet in both the 100 and 200 breast.
Juliana Kagami - São Paulo, Brazil – Colegio Conde Domingos
Kagami brings an array of international swimming experience to Missouri State and will begin her collegiate career at the beginning of the Spring semester in January 2013. The butterfly specialist has competed in multiple Brazilian National Championship meets and sports six individual titles in the 200 fly and five in the 100 fly. Kagami placed fifth in the 100 fly on two separate occasions when she traveled to Greece (2006) and Cyprus (2008) to represent Brazil in the Multinations Youth Meet. In 2007, she once again represented Brazil, placing fifth in the 200 fly at the South American Junior Championships held in Caracas, Venezuela. Kagami joins current MSU swimmers from Brazil, Renata Sander and Yuri Garanito.
Brittany Steever – Joplin, Mo. – Webb City High
Steever is a four-time state qualifier at nearby Webb City High School. The Joplin native cracked into the top-16 at the 2012 MSHSAA Swimming & Diving Championships in the 200 free. With her time of 1:56.39, she placed 13th and set a new team record in the event. As a senior, the multiple WCHS record holder earned her third career all-state honorable mention award. During her junior year at the state meet, the Cardinal swimmer won the consolation heat in both the 100 and 200 free, placing ninth overall in the two events. Steever also placed top-16 at the state championships as a sophomore, scoring a 10th-place finish in the 100 free. On multiple occasions, she has represented the Jasper County Killer Whales club team at the Region VIII Speedo Sectionals meet including the long course championships in 2011 and 2012. Steever is rated No. 25 on CollegeSwimming.com’s Missouri recruiting rankings.
Morgan Uhlman – Kearney, Mo. – Kearney High
Uhlman comes to Missouri State after a successful stint at Kearney High School. She finished her career with a handful of school and Suburban Small Six Conference records. During her senior season, the freestyle specialist narrowly missed qualifying for the consolation finals at the state meet in both the 50 free (25.16) and 100 free (55.31). In addition to her individual events, Uhlman anchored Kearney’s 200 medley and 200 free relays. At the 2010 MSHSAA State Championships, she was the youngest member of the KHS quartet that placed 16th in the 400 free relay. Uhlman is rated No. 32 on CollegeSwimming.com’s Missouri recruiting rankings.