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 First Team • 2013-14 MVC Scholar Athlete • 2012-13 All-MVC Honorable Mention • MSU Athletics Director's Honor Roll - Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012
2014-15 Season (Junior): 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 (Sophomore):Named to All-MVC First Team ... MVC Scholar Athlete ... Took third in the 100 fly (56.40) and fifth in the 200 IM (2:05.06) at the MVC championships ... Competed in multiple individual events for the Bears ... Finished third in both the 200 back (59.88) and the 100 fly (1:00.36) in the dual against Arkansas ... Sixth-place finish at the Missouri Show-Me Showdown with a time of 57.16 in the 200 back ... Also had a 12th-place finish in the 200 IM (2:06.66) in the nine-team TYR Invitational on the campus of Northwestern. 2012-13 Season (Freshman): Named All-MVC Honorable Mention as a freshman ... Placed top 8 in all three individual events in her first MVC Championship meet ... Notched 13 points for the Bears in the 200 IM with a sixth-place finish (2:07.08); Swam a season-best in prelims (2:06.03) ... Placed fifth overall in the 100-yard backstroke (57.44) and was one of four Bears in the top five; recorded a personal best in prelims (57.21) ... Helped Missouri State take three of the top-four spots in the 200 back; finished fourth with a career best 2:03.75 ... Made the C-Final in the 200 back at both the Purdue Invitational and the Incarnate Word Christmas Invitational ... Finished the season among the Bears' top-five swimmers in the 100 back (4th), 200 back (3rd) and 200 IM (2nd).
Background: Four-year letterwinner at Wichita Southeast High School and swam for one of the top club teams in the Midwest, Wichita Swim Club ... Was one of nine swimmers to represent WSC at the 2012 NCSA Junior National Championships in Orlando, Fla. ... Left her mark on the Wichita Southeast swimming program with school records in eight events including relays ... As a junior in 2011, she picked up All-State honors in Kansas for the second consecutive year, placing third in both the 200 IM and 100 back ... Her sophomore year, she registered fifth-place finishes in the 200 free and 100 back at the 6A state meet...A seven-time individual champion at Wichita's City League Championships...Earned a spot on the All-City team all four years...Chesser's cousin, Geoff Stanford, is a current member of the Missouri State football team.
Personal: Emily Rose Chesser is the daughter of David and Amy Chesser ... Born June 15, 1994 in Philadelphia, Pa. ... Has two siblings, Elizabeth and Adam ... Plans to major in exercise science and pursue a career in physical therapy.