The Missouri State men's swimming team might set some records this coming season.
It's a team with international flavor that includes a swimmer bringing experience from London's Olympic Games with him.
There's a new big man on campus...
Freshman Uvis Kalnins is fresh off an appearance at the London Olympic Games.
"It was really cool," Kalnins said., "a life time experience. Words cannot describe; you have to go there and feel it yourself."
Representing his home country of Latvia, Kalnins was less than a second away from making it into the semi-finals of the 100-meter freestyle. Now, he's set to make waves for Missouri State.
"It was my dream to come here to the United States to learn, study and swim," Kalnins said.
"He makes me want to quit; lowers my self-esteem," teammate Paul Le joked.
Le just missed out on representing the U.S. at the Olympics. The school record holder in the 200 meter backstroke set a personal best at the Olympic Time Trials in the 100-back. The heat raised his ranking by 55-slots to 38th. It was an amazing experience that Le says he learned a lot from.
"Practice a lot harder and drink more milk - girls were twice my size and going faster," Le laughed.
"They've raised the bar for the rest of the team," Coach Dave Collins said.
Collins says the entire squad is responding well to being in the pool with Uvis and Paul. Including sophomore sensation Vitalli Baryshok who holds the MSU record in the 100 and 200 free.
"The confidence of Uvis, an Olympian on the team, makes you feel invincible," Le said.
Their goal - the NCAAs. The Bears haven't had a representative since 2005. In 2013, they could have three (Kalnins, Le and Baryshok).
"The team is really good," Kalnins said, "I like it here."
"If you're looking at basketball, we're a bubble team," Collins said about previous seasons. "We can get some guys in (NCAAs), that's our goal; (Kalnins and Le) will get us there.