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
Dora Kiss breaks her own school record in the 500-yard freestyle as the Bears complete the first day of swimming and diving action in Louisville
Honors & Awards • 2014-15 All-MVC Honorable Mention • 2013-14 All-MVC First Team • 2012-13 All-MVC First Team • MSU Athletics Director's Honor Roll- Fall 2014
2014-15 Season (Junior): Named an all-MVC honorable mention ... Finished an MSU-best fourth in the 1650 freestyle (17:05.83) at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship ... Also got seventh overall in the 400 IM (4:32.88) and 15th in the 500 freestyle ... Her 1650 free and 400 IM were top times ... Previously set a season best in the 500 free (4:59.88) at the Louisville Invitational ... Picked up third place in the 1000 freestyle at Missouri (Oct. 31) ... Also set her top time of the season at the time in the 500 free at the Kansas Double Dual (Oct. 24) ... Finished season with top-five times in four events for the Bears, including the second fastest times on the team in the 1000 and 1650 free.
2013-14 Season (Sophomore):Named to All-MVC First Team ... Finished second in the 1650 free (16:57.45) at the MVC championships ... Also placed first in the B-final for the 400 IM with a time of 4:30.87 ... Swam top time in the 500 free (5:16.37) in the Truman State dual ... Also top finisher in the 1000 free at Colorado Mesa with a time of 10:38.50 ... Placed second in the 500 free in the Drury dual meet.
2012-13 Season (Freshman): Named to the 2013 All-MVC First Team in her first season with the Bears...Recorded a runner-up finish in the 1650 free (17:04.60) at the 2013 MVC Championships; made a significant jump up the rankings after entering the meet with the Valley's seventh-fastest mile time ... Dropped four seconds from her prelims time and directed a come-from-behind effort to win the MVC consolation final in the 400 IM (4:33.41) ... On Day 1, made a one-spot jump in the 500 free to 11th overall and registered a personal best time of 5:03.95 ... Made her way into the top-five all-time in MSU history in the 1000 and 1650 free at No. 5 in both events ... Finished the season among the Bears' top-five swimmers in the 500 free (5th), 1000 free (2nd), 1650 free (2nd), and 400 IM (4th).
Background: A distance freestyle swimmer from Lee's Summit, Mo. ... Swims club for the Kansas City Blazers ... Earned a Junior National 'B' cut at the 2011 Missouri Valley Division I championships ... Broke multiple school records at Lee's Summit ... Also earned All-Metro first team honors ... Placed sixth in the 500 free at the MSHSAA Girls State meet as a junior ... Took part in the 2011 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and placed 64th in the women's 5K.
Personal: Heather M. Snyder is the daughter of Steve and Cindy Snyder ... Born Sept. 17, 1993, in Independence, Mo. ... Has one sister, Audrey ... Majoring in health services.