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 & Awards • 2014-15 All-MVC Honorable Mention • 2014-15 MVC Scholar-Athlete Team • 2013-14 All MVC First Team • 2013-14 MVC Scholar-Athlete Team • 2012-13 All-MVC Honorable Mention • MSU Athletics Director's Honor Roll - Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012
2014-15 Season (Junior): An all-MVC honorable mention honoree ... Named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team ... Best finish at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship was a fifth-place showing in the 100 backstroke (56.90) ... Made a second podium appearance by getting seventh in the 200 IM after setting season-best time in the prelims (2:06.92) ... Also earned fifth in the B-finals of the 100 butterfly (58.21) ... Member of `C' 200 medley relay team that got sixth among all teams at the MVC meet ... Topped her season-best time in the 100 back in meets at Evansville (Oct. 10), Kansas (Oct. 24-25) and Louisville (Nov. 21-23) ... Set multiple 2014-15 marks previously at the Louisville Invitational, including in the 200 IM and 200 back ... Finished season with top-five times in three events for the Bears, including the third fastest among MSU swimmers in the 100 back.
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.