Highlights from Day Two of the MVC Swimming & Diving Championships
Honors & Awards • School/MVC Record Holder - 200 IM (2:02.23), 2/18/16 • MVC Record Holder - 400 IM - (4:18.32), 2/19/16 • 2015-16 All-MVC First Team • 2015-16 MVC Scholar-Athlete Team • 2014-15 All-MVC First Team • 2014-15 MVC Scholar-Athlete Team • 2013-14 All-MVC Honorable Mention • 2013-14 MVC Scholar-Athlete Team • 2012-13 All-MVC First Team • MSU Athletic Director's Honor Roll -Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013
2015-16 Season (Senior): Named a first-team all-conference performer behind two championship individual performances … Earned two gold medals and two silver medals over course of 2016 MVC Championship … Broke school and conference records in the 200 IM (2:02.23) during prelims, then came back to win title with a 2:02.59 finish in the finals … Also set a personal-best and pool-record time of 4:18.32 in the 400 IM for championship honors … Took runner-up behind teammate Dora Kiss with NCAA ‘B’ standard 1:59.29 in the 200 fly … Member of school-record 400 free relay squad that took third in a time of 3:24.35, .65 seconds behind SIU for the MVC title … Also member of MSU’s 800 free relay squad that took runner-up and missed school record by two-tenths of a second … Had several point-scoring swims throughout season … Won the 200 free in duals versus Truman State (Jan. 16) and at Drury (Jan. 21) … Had a sixth place and seventh place showing in the 200 fly and 400 IM, respectively, at the Purdue Invitational (Nov. 20-22) …Led team in the 200 IM at the Invite with a 17th place finish and time of 2:04.08 … Also top-three showings against Drury and Southern Illinois … Completed season with top-two times in four individual events for MSU, including fastest mark in 200 IM.
2014-15 Season (Junior): All-MVC First Team selection ... Named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team ... Had three personal-best times and won three medals at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship ... Won gold in the 400 IM behind a lifetime-best 4:21.24 ... Earned a silver medal in a runner-up performance in the 200 butterfly (2:00.87) which was part of a 1-2-3-5 Bears finish in the event ... Also took home bronze in the 200 IM by touching the wall in a time of 2:04.17 ... Served as a member of the Missouri State 200 medley relay `C' squad that finished with the sixth fastest time ... Won the 100 butterfly in the Jan. 17 dual against Truman State at Hammons Student Center ... Also had a solid three-day run at the Louisville Invitational ... Put up season-best marks at that time in the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 fly ... Best finish came in a B-finals appearance in the 400 IM, placing 10th in a time of 4:37.34 ... Ended season with top-three times in four events, including the fastest in the 400 IM.
2013-14 Season (Sophomore):Honorable mention on all-MVC team ... Named an MVC Scholar Athlete ... Finished fourth in the 200 fly (2:04.68) and the 100 fly (56.46) at the MVC championships ... Top performances include dual meets with Missouri and Drury ... Placed second in the 200 fly with a time of 2:08.45 in dual against Drury ... Member of 400 free relay that finished second (3:40.53) at Missouri Dual on Nov. 8, 2013.
2012-13 Season (Freshman): Dropped 1.3 seconds from prelims to finish 10th in the 200 IM (2:06.66) on first day of conference ... Made first career A-Final appearance in 100 fly, placing seventh overall at 2013 MVC Championships ... Jumped up four spots in 200-fly championship final to finish third and earn All-MVC first team honors; Appeared on the MSU all-time top performers list at No. 3 in the 200 fly with her time of 2:02.66 ... Made the C-Final in the 200 fly and 400 IM at the Purdue Invitational.
Background: Amparano is a butterfly/IM swimmer from Kearney, Mo. ... Swam club for Tsunami Swim Team of Kansas City ... Achieved junior national cuts as a junior in the 100 fly, 200 fly and 400 IM ... Placed sixth in the A-Final at the 2011 CSRVIII Spring Sectionals meet in the 200-meter butterfly (2:25.54) ... Competed at sectionals and Grand Prix meet in Austin, Texas as a sophomore.
Personal: Rebecca Lynn Amparano is the daughter of Felix and Wendy Amparano ... Born Feb. 9, 1995 in Abington, Pa. ... Has two siblings: Rachel and Elias ... Following college, Amparano plans to attend medical school.