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
Highlights from Day Two of the MVC Swimming & Diving Championships
Honors & Awards: · MVC/School Record Holder - 500 Free (4:44.41), 2/14/15 · MVC/School Record Holder - 200 Fly (1:59.13), 2/21/15 · School Record Holder - 200 Free (1:48.89), 2/18/15 · 2014-15 All-MVC First Team · 2014-15 MVC Scholar-Athlete Team · 2013-14 All-MVC First Team · 2013-14 MVC Scholar-Athlete Team · MVC Swimmer of the Week - 1/23/13, 11/12/13, 11/25/14 · 2012-13 Co-MVC Swimmer of the Year · 2012-13 All-MVC First Team · 2012-13 MSU Female Freshman Swimmer of the Year · MSU Athletics Director's Honor Roll - Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013
2014-15 Season (Junior): Broke several records at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship in an All-MVC First Team performance ... Completed three-peats in the 500 freestyle and the 200 butterfly at the MVC meet by setting school-, conference- and pool-record times ... Broke her own previous record in the 500 free with a 4:44.41 finish and took over the 200 fly top time with a 1:59.13 ... Both made the NCAA `B' standard cut ... Placed sixth at the championships in a time of 1:50.63 in the 200 freestyle ... Part of an 800 freestyle relay that set the school record in the event for runner-up in a time of 7:20.77 ... Also won a third gold medal in the 400 medley relay (3:44.13) ... Named to MVC Scholar-Athlete Team following season ... Earned MVC Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 25 for her efforts at the Louisville Invitational (Nov. 21-23) ... Broke her then-school record in the 500 free in the prelims and finals, eventually placing third with a time of 4:49.13 ... Also placed fourth in the 200 fly and fifth in the 200 free ... Won the 1000 freestyle event at the Evansville dual (Oct. 10) and the 200 free in the `Duel in the Pool' at Hammons Student Center (Oct. 16) ... Earned runner-up in the 200 fly at Arkansas, while also picking up third-place times in the 500 free at Evansville and the 200 fly at the Kansas Double Dual (Oct. 24-25) ... Top-four times in four events, including the fastest finishes in three events for the Bears.
2013-14 Season (Sophomore):Named All-MVC First Team and MVC Scholar Athlete ... Won 200 fly (2:00.84) and 500 free (4:51.52) events at the MVC championships ... Also placed third in the 400 IM at the MVC championships ... Named MAC Swimmer of the Week on Nov. 12 ... Finished first in the 200 fly and fourth in the 500 free at the TYR Invitational at Northwestern ... Began the season with a victory in the 500 free at the Missouri Show-Me Showdown ... Continued success in event with first-place finishes in dual meets against Drury and Colorado Mesa ... Top times in 200 free against Evansville and Colorado Mesa ... Improved winning times in the 200 fly from 2:05.78 at Southern Illinois in October to 1:51.31 at Oklahoma Splash Bash in December ... Three-event winner at Missouri dual meet in the 1,000 free (10:26.50), 500 free (5:04.78) and the 200 fly (2:04.73).
2012-13 Season (Freshman): Named to the 2013 All-MVC First Team in her first season with the Bears ... Shared co-MVC Swimmer of the Year honors with teammate Renata Sander and Evansville's Michelle Tipton ... Tabbed MSU Female Freshman Swimmer of the Year ... Ranked 114th nationally in the 200 fly; also ranked in the top 250 in the 500 free (215th) and 400 IM (221st) ... Set new school records in the 500 free (4:52.20), 400 IM (4:22.17) and 200 fly (1:59.92) at the 2013 MVC Championships; broke the MVC championship record in the 200 fly, becoming the first Valley swimmer to break 2 minutes in the event ... Entered the 500 free finals as the top seed and held off a late charge by SIU's Pamela Benitez to win her first gold by just .08 seconds ... Recorded the third fastest 400 IM time in MVC history and destroyed the Bears' previous school record of 4:26.20; won the event by more than three seconds ... Earned MVC Swimmer of the Week honors (Jan. 23) for her performance at home against Truman State.
Background: Brings an impressive swimming resume with her to Missouri State...Represented Hungary at several international meets including the 2009 European Junior Championships in Prague, Czech Republic, the 2010 European Junior Championships in Helsinki, Finland and the 2010 European Championships in Budapest, Hungary ... Has registered FINA points above 700 in the 200-meter freestyle, 400-meter freestyle, 800-meter freestyle, 1500-meter freestyle, 100-meter fly, 200-meter IM and 400-meter IM.
Personal: Dora Kiss is the daughter of Sandor Kiss and Ilona Kissive Papp...Born Feb. 28, 1994 in Budapest, Hungary ... Has one sibling, Petra ... Plans to major in psychology at Missouri State.