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 · 2014-15 All-MVC First Team · 2013-14 All-MVC First Team · MVC Swimmer of the Week - Jan. 28, 2014 · 2012-13 All-MVC First Team · MSU Athletics Director's Honor Roll - Spring 2013, Fall 2012
2014-15 Season (Junior): Named an All-MVC First Team selection … Set two lifetime best marks and was a member of a school-record breaking 800 freestyle relay squad at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship … Topped personal-best time in preliminaries (23.13) and earned a bronze medal in 50 freestyle … Achieved another bronze in the 100 freestyle and had second lifetime best in the 200 freestyle (1:49.78) for sixth … Third leg of 800 free relay that beat previous school record by nine seconds (7:20.77) for runner-up at MVC meet … Picked up a gold medal as the anchor leg on the opening day of conference in the 200 medley relay and another silver medal in the 200 freestyle relay … Won the 50 free and placed third in the 100 free in the first ‘Duel in the Pool’ at Hammons Student Center (Oct. 16), then followed that runner-up showings in both events in the second edition at Drury (Jan. 22) … Had fourth-, fifth- and ninth-place finishes in events for the Bears at the Louisville Invitational (Nov. 21-23) … Her top finish of fourth at the Invite came in a personal-best 50.27 in the 100 free … Among top competitors in races against SEC members Arkansas (Jan. 23) and Missouri (Oct. 31), placing third versus the Razorbacks and fourth opposite the Tigers in the 100 free … Won both the 50 free and the 100 free in dual at home versus Truman State … Finished season with top times for Bears in both the 50 and 100 free.
2013-14 Season (Sophomore):All-MVC First Team performer ... Won titles at the MVC championships in the 200 medley relay (1:41.19) and the 50 free (23.17) ... Runner-up finish in the 100 free with a time of 50.92 at the MVC championships ... Earned MVC Swimmer of the Week honors on Jan. 28 ... Won multiple events at the Colorado Mesa dual on Jan. 7 ... First-place finishes in the 50 free (24.57), 100 free (54.26) and the 800 medley relay (8:41.49) at Colorado Mesa ... Member of 400 free relay teams that placed first at the Oklahoma Splash Bash and Southern Illinois dual meet ... Also made top time in 100 free at Southern Illinois with a time of 53.15 ... Finished third individually in 50 free in eight-team Missouri Show-Me Showdown.
2012-13 Season (Freshman): Named to the 2013 All-MVC First Team as a freshman ... Crowned champion in the 50 freestyle (23.52) on Day 1 of the 2013 MVC Championships; entered championship final as the No. 1 seed with a prelims time of 23.39; moved into third all-time in MSU history ... Qualified ninth in the 200 free prelims with a time (1:53.22) nearly four seconds faster than her previous season best; finished 13th in the B-Final on Day 2 ... Nearly picked up a second victory in the 100 free, but settled for a runner-up finish with a time of 51.20; entered the Bears' all-time top performers list at No. 3 ... Swam on three of the Bears' conference relays including the 200 free relay (4th), 200 medley relay (1st) and 400 free relay (3rd) ... Anchored the school and MVC record-breaking 200 medley relay with a split of 23.03 ... Placed fourth overall in the 50 free at the Show-Me Showdown in the first meet of the season ... Finished the season as the Bears' top swimmer in the 50 free and 100 free, and ranking among the top five MSU swimmers in the 200 free (5th).
Background: Sprint freestyle swimmer from Chesterfield, Mo. ... Ranked as the 10th-best recruit in the state of Missouri ... As a junior, Gately played an important role in Parkway West's state title ... She was crowned the Missouri state champion in the 100 freestyle (52.11) in addition to being a member of the first-place 400 freestyle relay team...Named to the 2011 St. Louis Dispatch All-Metro Girls Swimming First Team ... Recipient of the Westplex/Talk 94.1 "The Sports Mayhem USA" High School Athlete of the Week award...Recipient of the KFNS/Army Strong Top Performer Award in April ... Placed fourth at state in the 50 free as a sophomore and junior ... Coached by former Missouri State backstroke standout Allison Zeller at Parkway West.
Personal: Katherine Lindsay Gately is the daughter of Dann and Alison Gately ... Born Feb. 26, 1994 in St. Louis, Mo. ... Has one brother, Connor ... Majoring in dietetics.