June 10, 2013
BCN 2013 Media Guide
SPRINGFIELD – A year after competing at the Olympics, Missouri State swimmer Uvis Kalnins can add the FINA World Championships to his résumé.
Kalnins (So., Valmiera, Latvia) is slated to compete in the 100- and 200-meter freestyle at the 15th FINA World Championships, which will take place July 19-Aug. 4 in Barcelona. Kalnins, who took 30th in the 100 free for Latvia in the 2012 London Olympic Games, said he’s once again honored to represent his country.
“It means a lot to me because my country is really little,” Kalnins said. “Even though I won’t be the top swimmer there at these championships, if I can represent my country, it’s a big honor for me and my family.”
Kalnins said he qualified for the 200 free at the European Championships in May 2012, and notched the required time for the 100 free in Tulsa, Okla. earlier this year.
The sophomore said he’s looking forward to seeing his hard work pay off in Spain.
“I think all of the coaches are pretty excited because I’ve been training pretty hard lately and throughout the whole season,” Kalnins said. “I wouldn’t say I did my best in conference, so I really think that I won’t let them down in this competition.”
The men’s 200 free preliminary round is scheduled in the 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (3 a.m. to 5:45 a.m. CDT) block on July 29. Swimmers who advance to the 200 free semifinals will compete on July 29 during an 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CDT window, while the finals are slated for July 30 from 11 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. CDT on July 30.
The 100 free prelims are scheduled in the 3 a.m. to 5:45 a.m. CDT block on July 31. The 100 free semifinals will take place the same day from 11 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. CDT. Finalists will vie for the crown from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. CDT on Aug. 1.
Kalnins, a 2012-13 All-MAC First Team pick, owns the school record in the 500-meter freestyle. He will join an estimated field of 2,500 athletes from 180 countries in Barcelona. Swimming events will take place at the Palau Sant Jordi, a multi-purpose facility that played host to events for the 1992 Summer Olympics.