The Bears close out 2013 recruiting with Florida Southern transfer, Oklahoma standout
May 28, 2013
Fall Signing Release
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - After inking two in the early signing period, Missouri State swimming & diving head coach Dave Collins and his staff will welcome two more student-athletes to the men's team this fall. Collins announced on Tuesday (May 28) the addition of Florida Southern transfer Alex McIntyre (Kansas City, Mo.) and Preston Selby (Oklahoma City, Okla.) for the 2013-14 season.
The Missouri State men return all but two of their swimmers from a squad that received the runner-up trophy at the 2013 Mid-American Conference Championships in March. In a down-to-the-wire team race with league-powerhouse Eastern Michigan, the Bears came up short in their bid for a first MAC title. All-in-all, the Missouri State men's program produced 12 NCAA `B' cuts in 2013 and sent its first swimmer to the NCAA Championships in eight years. Sophomore standout Paul Le made the most of his trip to Indianapolis and brought home the first-ever top-16 finish and All-American Honorable Mention laurel in MSU history.
Collins believes that this small, yet talented quartet of recruits can help keep the positive momentum rolling for the Bears.
"With only two seniors graduating, it was our goal to add athletes that we felt could come in and make an immediate impact and I feel we accomplished this goal with the addition of these four swimmers," Collins said. "It will be exciting to watch them develop academically and athletically in our program."
In the fall, the MSU coaching staff received Letters of Intent from Naresh Naik, also of Oklahoma City, and Brandon Weissman of Chesterfield, Mo.
"Aside from great swimming times and awards they have received, I am most excited about their enthusiasm and motivation to make us better each day," Collins added.
Alex McIntyre Breaststroke/IM Kansas City, Mo. Staley High School Florida Southern College
While at Florida Southern, McIntyre helped lead the Mocs to their first-ever Sunshine State Conference title in 2013. He made the championship final in the 200 IM and 100 breast at conference and recorded NCAA Division II `B' cuts in both the events. He placed sixth overall in the 200 IM (1:52.46) and was third among FSC swimmers, while he finished fourth in the 100 breast finals (56.76). Additionally, he won the SSC consolation final in the 200 breast (2:06.54) and ranked second among Florida Southern athletes. He swam in 10 meets as a freshman and had the team's second-fastest 200 breast time and also ranked in the Mocs' top-five in the 200 and 400 IM. At FSC, he was also honored for his work in the classroom as he was named to the CSCAA Scholar All-America Honorable Mention team and the SSC Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Prior to Florida Southern, McIntyre competed for Tsunami Swim Club in Kansas City, Mo., for six years and graduated in 2011 from Staley (Mo.) High School, the same school as current women's swimmer Alyssa Powers. He medaled twice at the MSHSAA state meet as a senior in the 100 breast and 200 IM, finishing third in both events.
Preston Selby Backstroke/Butterfly/Freestyle Oklahoma City, Okla. Harding Charter Preparatory High School
Selby, a versatile athlete who can help provide depth in the backstroke, butterfly and freestyle events, swims for Chesapeake Swim Club. CSC is the same club team that produced fellow 2013 recruit Naresh Naik, as well as current MSU men's swimmers Paul Le and Isaac McKnight. As a senior, Selby broke the Oklahoma 5A state record in the 100-yard butterfly (51.44) and also claimed first place in the 100 back (51.56). Following his performance at the 2013 state meet, he registered a lifetime best in the 100 fly (51.20) at the Speed Spring Sectionals meet in Jenks, Okla. Ranked as the fifth-best recruit in the state of Oklahoma for 2013, according to CollegeSwimming.com, Selby was also crowned state champion in the 200 free (1:47.02) and 100 free (48.27) as a junior.