Sophomores Chris Carpenter & Megan Holthoff preview Friday's dual with crosstown rival Drury
Honors & Awards 2012-13 All-MVC First Team 2012-13 MVC Scholar-Athlete Team 2011-12 All-MVC First Team MSU Athletics Director's Honor Roll - Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011
2012-13: Selected First Team MVC All-Conference for the second consecutive year ... Notched a pair of third-place finishes in the 100- and 200-backstroke events at the 2013 MVC Championships; dropped two seconds from the 200 back prelims to clock in at 2:02.43...Placed 12th in the 50 free on Day 1 after registering a career-best time (23.79) in prelims ... Swam on three of the Bears' conference relays including the 200 free relay (4th), 200 medley relay (1st) and 400 free relay (3rd) ... Led off the school and MVC record-breaking 200 medley relay with the field's fastest backstroke split (26.01)...Qualified for the 200 back B-Final at the Purdue Invitational and placed 16th overall ... Finished the season among the Bears' top-five swimmers in the 50 free (3rd), 100 back (2nd) and 200 back (2nd) ... Picked up MVC Scholar-Athlete honors in her first season eligible for the award.
2011-12: Named to the all-MVC first team ... Earned a spot on the Bears' 200 medley relay at the 2012 MVC Championships; collected first gold medal of her career swimming the backstroke leg ... Won silver in the 100 back at the conference meet behind teammate Anna Ahlin ... Picked up a bronze medal in the 200 back for her second top-three finish of the MVC Championships...Also placed 12th in the 50 free at the conference championships ... During the dual meet season, she registered first-place finishes in the 200 back vs. Lindenwood, 500 free vs. William Jewell and 50 free vs. Evansville ... At the UIW Christmas Invitational, she picked up 26 points for the Bears with her fourth-place finish ... Finished the season as MSU's second fastest 100 and 200 backstroker.
Background: Was a member of the Chesapeake Swim Club in Edmond, Okla. ... Lettered all four years at Enid (Okla.) High School...Holds the Enid school records in the 100 back, 100 free and 200 free ... Also a member of three school-record holding relays ... Ranked as the top recruit in the state of Oklahoma by CollegeSwimming.com ... As a senior, was named the 2011 Oklahoma 6A Female Swimmer of the Year ... In her senior season, she won state titles in the 200 free (1:54.47) and 100 back (57.94), while leading the Pacers to top-relay finishes in the 200 and 400 free relays...As a junior, she won the state championship in the 50 free and 100 back ... Earned USA Swimming Scholastic All-American honors as a junior ... Was a three-time captain ... Swam in the championship finals at state as a freshman and sophomore.
Personal: Megan Anne Holthoff is the daughter of Matt and Jill Holthoff ... Born on March 16, 1993 in Charleston, S.C. ... Has one sister, Rebecca ... Father, Matt, played football and golf at the collegiate level ... Majoring in speech-language pathology.