The Bears' women's swimming and diving team has three individuals crowned champions as Missouri State wins its eighth straight Missouri Valley Conference Championship and 12th title in the last 13 years
Missouri State women's swimming and diving sits in first place after finishing first in the 200 medley relay and setting a school-record in the 800 free relay to begin the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference Championship
Highlights from Day Two of the MVC Swimming & Diving Championships
Honors & Awards •2014-15 All-MVC Honorable Mention • 2013-14 All-MVC Honorable Mention • 2013-14 MVC Scholar Athlete • 2012-13 All-MVC First Team • 2012-13 MVC Scholar-Athlete Team • MSU Athletics Director's Honor Roll - Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011
2013-14:Honorable mention on all-MVC team ... Named an MVC Scholar Athlete ... Finished sixth in the 200 breast (2:22.29) at the MVC championships ... Also finished ninth in the 100 breast with a time of 1:05.12 at the MVC championships.
2012-13: Named to the 2013 All-MVC First Team for the first time in her career ... Ranked 198th nationally in the 200 breast ... Cracked the Bears' top-five all-time performers list at No. 3 with her 100 and 200 breaststroke times from the 2013 MVC Championships ... Recorded one of the biggest drops by any MSU swimmer at conference; shaved off seven seconds from her previous career best in the 200 breast ... Picked up bronze in the 200 breast (2:17.03) and was a part of Missouri State's 1-2-3-4 finish that produced 68 points ... Rounded out the top three in the 100 breast (1:03.84) in Carbondale; gave the Bears a 1-2-3 sweep in the event ... Swam a personal best in the 200 IM (2:12.84) on Day 1 of the conference meet ... Made the B-Final in the 100 and 200 breast at the Purdue Invitational; finished 16th in both ... Placed fifth at the Show-Me Showdown in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events ... Earned MVC Scholar-Athlete honors in her first season eligible for the award.
2011-12: Entered as an exhibition swimmer at the 2012 MVC Championships ... Swam a season best in the 100 breast at conference; her time in prelims (1:06.11) would have qualified her for the A-Final in the event ... Shaved off three seconds from her seed time in the 100 fly at the MVC meet ... Recorded a lifetime best in the 200 breast (2:24.29) at the 2012 MVC Championships; Had the sixth-fastest time during the Sunday preliminaries ... Finished on the season's top times list in both breaststroke events: 100 breast (3rd) and 200 breast (3rd).
Background: Spent last three years swimming at Staley (Mo.) High School in Kansas City for head coach Robert Barth ... Rated by CollegeSwimming.com as the 11th-best swimmer in the state of Missouri ... Was a two-time all-state performer in the 100 breast ... As a senior, the Staley captain turned in a time of 1:07.24 in the 100 breast for sixth place at the 2011 MSHSAA State Swimming Championships ... As a junior she finished sixth in the championship finals (1:07.66) ... Was a two-time KC Star all-Metro team selection ... Also named to the all-state honorable mention team in the 200 medley and 200 free relays ... A USA Swimming sectional qualifier in the 100 breast, 200 breast and 200 IM.
Personal: Alyssa Powers is the daughter of Ken and Pam Powers ... Born on Dec. 12, 1992 in Livonia, Mich. ... Has two siblings, Laura and Luke ... Majoring in dietetics.