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
Gold-medal winners Dora Kiss and Lauren Pavel break conference and school records as the Missouri State women's swimming and diving team continues its goal towards an eighth-straight MVC championship Thursday
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
Honors a Awards • 2013-14 All-MVC Honorable Mention • MSU Athletics Director's Honor Roll - Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013
2014-15 Season (Sophomore): Set three personal-best times at the Louisville Invitational (Nov. 21-23) and made three B-finals appearances for the Bears at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship (Feb. 18-21) ... Broke lifetime marks at the Invite in the 100 backstroke (58.84), 200 backstroke (2:04.41) and 200 IM (2:07.83) ... Top finisher in the B-finals of the 400 IM at the MVC Championship (4:34.59) ... Also got fourth in the B-finals at the championship in the 200 back and fifth in the 200 IM ... Top performer in the pentathlon meet at Rice Jan. 3 ... Best result among Bears swimmers by getting third in the 100 back ... Also got sixth in the 200 IM, 11th in the 100 fly, 14th in the 100 free and 15th in the 100 breast ... Placed fourth in the 200 back in a dual with the SEC's Arkansas Razorbacks ... Fourth fastest swims in the 200 back and 400 IM for Missouri State.
2013-14 Season (Freshman): Earned all-MVC honorable mention recognition with eighth-place finish in the 400 IM at the 2014 Missouri Valley Conference Championship … Set career-best time in 400 IM with a 4:25.51 in TYR Invitational, also finishing sixth in the A-final … Also set lifetime mark at TYR Invite in the 100 fly (58.30) … Helped 400 free relay team to runner-up finish in dual versus Missouri at Hammons Student Center (Nov. 8) … Top career times set during freshman season came in the 200 free (1:59.37), 500 free (5:04.28), 1000 free (10:45.50) and 200 fly (2:07.20).
Background: Came to Missouri State from Parkway South High School where she was mentored by Sara Gerth ... Was ranked as the No. 5 swimmer in the state of Missouri by CollegeSwimming.com .. As a junior, Etter swam with Jack Madden and Colin Kennedy at Parkway Swim Club and made appearances at the summer and spring Region VIII sectional meets ... She also qualified for the A-Final at sectionals in the 400-meter IM and was a member of PSC's relays ... Etter was a two-time team MVP for Parkway South and was a finalist at the MSHSAA state meet in 2011 in the 200 IM (12th) and 100 back (7th), in addition to 2010 where she placed ninth in the 200 IM and fifth in the 100 back.
Personal: Cecelia Marie Etter is the daughter of Jeff and Cynthia Etter ... Born on Feb. 6, 1995 ... Has one brother, Mitch ... Majoring in speech-language pathology