Saturday marked the last home meet and final appearance for seniors Brown, Oishi, Steffen, Uzcategui, Winter and Jansen
Honors & Awards
MSU Athletics Director's Honor Roll - Fall 2012
2012-13: Registered career bests in two of three individual events (50 free, 100 fly) at the 2013 MVC Championships; also led off the Bears' B-400 Medley Relay and broke the 1-minute barrier for the first time ever...Finished the season among the Bears' top-five swimmers in the 100 back (5th) with her time from Day 2 of the conference meet.
2011-12: Was entered as an exhibition swimmer for the 2012 MVC Championships...Swam a season best in the 50 free (24.72) at the conference meet; her prelims time would have qualified her for the B-Final...Also swam in the 100 and 200 free preliminaries at the MVC Championships...Posted two season bests at the UIW Christmas Invitational in December including a 53.65 in the 100 free and 1:58.40 in the 200 free.
Background: Was named Most Valuable Swimmer at local Kickapoo High School and helped break several school records...Was a four-year letterwinner...Ranked as the 13th-best swimmer in the state of Missouri for 2011 by CollegeSwimming.com...Swam for head coach Dave Collins and the Missouri State Aquatics club team...As a senior, she swam in the consolation finals at the 2011 MSHSAA Girls State Swimming Championships in both the 200 free (14th) and 100 fly (10th)...Earned all-state accolades for her efforts in the 200 and 400 free relays...As a junior, Swain qualified for state in 7-of-8 individual events...She was the only freshman at Kickapoo to swim at state, participating in all three relays.
Personal: Merideth Anne Swain is the daughter of Chris and Laura Beitzell...Has two siblings: Jeffrey Swain and Natalie Beitzell...Her grandfather, Russell G. Barnekow, Jr., and mother, Laura Beitzell, both attended MSU...Majoring in sport & park administration.