July 18, 2013
NORFOLK, Va. - The Missouri State swimming and diving squads picked up several team and individual Scholar All-American honors from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, the organization announced Thursday (July 18).
The men's team helped lead the charge with Team Scholar All-America recognition and three student-athletes who garnered Scholar All-America Honorable Mention laurels. As a group, the men posted a GPA of 3.39, the sixth-best mark in Division I. The Bears were the only men's team among the top 10 in GPA to score points at the NCAA Championships.
Uvis Kalnins (So., Valmeria, Latvia), Garrett Nevels (Jr., Lee's Summit, Mo.) and Isaac Springer (So., Omaha, Neb.) were Missouri State's Scholar All-America Honorable Mention award winners.
A 2012-2013 All-MAC First Team pick, Kalnins competed for Latvia in the London 2012 Olympic Games. He achieved NCAA "B" cuts in both the 200 and 500 free, and set a school record in the 500 free (4:23.28) on March 7, 2013. In addition, he ranked among the nation's top 100 in the 500 free (97th).
Nevels was named Missouri State's Male Diver of the Year for the second-straight season in 2013. He holds MSU's school record in the 1-meter (357.60) and 3-meter (378.60), and qualified for the A-final in those events at the 2013 MAC Championships.
Springer was an All-MAC Second Team selection last season, and earned MAC Swimmer of the Week laurels on Nov. 21, 2012 after his performance at the Purdue Invitational. The junior ended last season as the Bears' top swimmer in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events en route to recording NCAA consideration in both events.
The women's swimming and diving team earned a spot on the Team Scholar All-America list by tying for the 25th-best GPA (3.35) among Division I squads. 2012-2013 senior Melissa Oishi (Seattle, Wash.) was a CSCAA honorable mention pick after being named to the All-MVC First Team for the third time in as many seasons. She finished her career second all-time in Bears history in the 100 breaststroke and fifth all-time in the 200 IM.
The Team Scholar All-American award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The award is presented twice annually: Once in the fall semester and in the semester of the NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
The Honorable Mention Scholar All-American award is presented to college and university swimmers and divers who have achieved grade point averages of 3.50 or higher cumulatively or for the semester. Additionally, these student-athletes must also have achieved a "B" time standard, but have not qualified to compete in their respective national championship. Divers qualify by competing at their respective championship qualifying meets.
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America is the oldest professional organization of college coaches in the United States. The CSCAA is dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming and diving at the collegiate level.