CLEVELAND – Missouri State senior Uvis Kalnins won both of his individual events at Texas A&M en route to earning the Mid-American Conference Men’s Swimmer of the Week award for the third time this season, the league announced Tuesday.
Kalnins was one of two Bears to win an event and served as the fastest anchor leg among all swimmers in the Bears’ top relay finish against Texas A&M Thursday, Jan. 7.
In the opening race of the day, the men’s swimmer helped lead the Bears’ 400-yard medley ‘A’ relay to a runner-up finish. Swimming as the anchor, Kalnins’s 44.69 split was the fastest among all seven relays that participated.
Kalnins completed the dual versus the Southeastern Conference member by winning both individual events he appeared in.
The Valmiera, Latvia, native took the 200 IM by almost three seconds, finishing ahead of fellow MSU swimmer Artur Osvath in a time of 1:49.33. Kalnins also placed first in the 100 free. His 45.05 finish was good for first place ahead of four Aggies swimmers that placed 2-3-4-5.
Kalnins previously earned the MAC Swimmer of the Week award following efforts on Oct. 2 in the Show-Me Showdown and the Kansas Double Dual which ran from Oct. 23-34. It’s his fifth time earning the award after being recognized with the conference nod twice as a junior. Four other Bears – Josie Pearson, Artur Osvath,Dora Kiss and Lauren Pavel – have been recognized as Swimmer of the Week in their respective conferences.
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