Nine MSU Swimmers Tabbed CSCAA Scholar All-America
July 14, 2014
CSCAA Men's Scholar All-America First Team | CSCAA Men's Scholar All-America Honorable Mention | CSCAA Women's Scholar All-America Honorable Mention
Sophomore Uvis Kalnins was named to the first team, while men's senior Jared Roberts, juniors Chris Carpenter, Aaron Dennis and Matthew Wilson and sophomores Miguel Davila and Isaac Springer earned honorable mention accolades. Seniors Anna Ahlin and Lindsey Conway claimed honorable mention honors for the women.
"What a neat honor for these great student-athletes," said MSU head coach Dave Collins. "You have to be incredibly disciplined and focused to achieve such a high level of success in the pool and the classroom. Of course we see them working hard daily, but it is great to have these student-athletes recognized on the national level for their achievements."
The Scholar All-America award is presented to college and university swimmers and divers who have achieved a cumulative, or term grade point average of 3.5 or higher for the academic term coinciding with their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA/CCCAA Swimming & Diving Championships and have qualified for and competed at the Championship, whereas the Honorable Mention Scholar All-America Award is presented to swimmers and divers who have achieved a 3.5 GPA or higher, or cumulative average, and have achieved a `B' time standard but did not qualify or compete in their respective national championship. Divers qualify by competing at their respective championship qualifying meets, zones or NCAA preliminary rounds.
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).
Carpenter, an accounting major with a 3.67 spring 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 as well.
Davila, studying international business with a 3.95 semester 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).
Springer, a cell and molecular biology major with a 3.75 semester 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.
Wilson, an exercise and movement science major with a 3.92 spring GPA, 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).
Ahlin closed her MSU career strong after posting school records in the 100 back (54.38), 200 back (1:57.59) and 400-medley relay (3:42.83), all at the 2014 MVC championships. Ahlin, a psychology major, finished with a 3,68 semester GPA.
Conway qualified for both the 1- and 3-meter diving events at the NCAA Zone D Championships for the first time in her career. She now owns the fifth best six-dive 3-meter mark at 282.82 points, which was established against Lindenwood on Jan. 25 at home.
Missouri State swept both conference championships in 2014 for the first time since 2008. The women won their seventh consecutive Missouri Valley Conference crown on Feb. 15 in Carbondale, Ill., and the men's team followed by winning its first-ever MAC crown on March 8 in Buffalo, N.Y.