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
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 • MVC Swimmer of the Week - 10/14/14 • 2013-14 All-MVC First Team • MSU Athletics Director's Honor Roll - Fall 2014, Fall 2013
2013-14: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: Joins the Bears by way of Skutt Catholic (Neb.) High and Greater Omaha Aquatics (GOAL), which is the same club team that produced current 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 ... Plans to major in biology at Missouri State.