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
Awards and Honors · MVC/School Record Holder - 200 IM (2:02.84), 2/19/15 ·2014-15 MVC Swimmer of the Year · 2014-15 All-MVC First Team · 2014-15 MVC-Scholar Athlete Team · MVC Swimmer of the Week - 10/14/14 ·2013-14 All-MVC First Team · MSU Athletics Director's Honor Roll - Fall 2014, Fall 2013
2014-15 Season (Sophomore): Named the MVC Swimmer of the Year and selected to the All-MVC First Team following her performance at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship ... Won all three individual events she competed in at the MVC meet ... Set the school and conference record in the 200 IM by placing first in a time of 2:02.84 ... Earned gold medals the 100 breaststroke (1:02.61) and 200 breaststroke (2:16.46) with personal-best times in both events ... Member of gold-medal winning 400 medley relay squad that finished in 3:44.13 ... Chosen as the MVC Scholar Athlete of the Week Feb. 25 for her efforts at the conference championships ... Named to MVC Scholar-Athlete Team following season ... Picked up fifth and ninth-place finishes in the 100 breast and 200 IM, respectively to begin season at Show-Me Showdown (Oct. 3) ... Earned MVC Swimmer of the Week after taking top honors in the 200 IM at Evansville (Oct. 10) and the 100 and 200 breast at Southern Illinois (Oct. 11) ... Wrapped up a victory in the `Duel in the Pool' at Hammons Student Center in the 200 breast (Oct. 16) ... Made three A-finals appearances at the Louisville Invitational, taking an Invite best sixth in the 200 breast ... Also placed third in the 100 breast at Arkansas in a time of 1:07.67.
2013-14 Season (Freshman):Named to All-MVC First Team following A-final appearances at MVC championships ... Placed third for her best finish with a time of 1:03.58 in the 100 breast ... Finished fourth in both the 200 breast (2:20.17) and the 200 IM (2:04.86) at the MVC championships ... Also made it to finals in 50 breast at nine-team TYR Invitational on campus of Northwestern ... Finished seventh in event with a time of 30.08.
Background: Joined the Bears by way of Skutt Catholic (Neb.) High and Greater Omaha Aquatics (GOAL), which is the same club team that produced former men's swimmer Caleb Schuermann ... Ranked as the No. 2 recruit in the state of Nebraska, by CollegeSwimming.com ... Placed fourth in the 200 IM at the 2013 Nebraska state championship meet; had the second-fastest prelims mark (2:07.65) ... Jumped out to the fastest time in the 100 breast prelims (1:05.15) by nearly a second; settled for third place to cap off her career at Skutt...Had a successful run at the state championship meet as a junior, making the A-Final in the 200 IM (6th) and 100 breast (5th); also helped the SkyHawks to a fourth-place finish in the 400 free relay ... During the summer of 2012, she was crowned Midwest Region champion in the 200-meter breaststroke...Holds club records at GOAL in the 100 and 200 breast.
Personal: Lauren Marie Pavel is the daughter of Scott and Kristi Pavel ... Born Feb. 24, 1995 in Omaha, Neb. ... Has one brother, Luke ... Majoring in dietetics.