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
The Bears competed in their final regular-season meet of the season and were defeated by the host Razorbacks at the Arkansas Natatorium
Honors & Awards • 2013-14 All-MVC Honorable Mention • 2013-14 MVC Scholar Athlete • 2012-13 All-MVC Honorable Mention • MSU Athletics Director's Honor Roll - Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012
2014-15 Season (Junior): Competed at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship for the Bears … Set both of her top-four times in breaststroke events for the bears at the MVC Championship … Touched the wall in a personal-best time in the 200 IM (2:10.61) for the best finish among non-finals qualifying swimmers … Placed first in her heat of the 100 breaststroke preliminaries … Also completed season bests in consecutive races in the 200 breast.
2013-14 (Sophomore):Honorable mention on all-MVC team ... Named an MVC Scholar Athlete ... Major contributor in the 200 breast at the MVC championships for the Bears ... Advanced to A-final following an eighth-place finish in the preliminary round in the event ... Swam the 200 breast in a time of 2:20.24 to place fourth in the finals and gave Missouri State three of the top four finishers.
2012-13 Season (Freshman): Named All-MVC Honorable Mention as a freshman ... Helped the Bears sweep the top four spots in the 200-yard breaststroke with fourth place (2:20.24); cruised to a 2:18.88 in prelims and cracked the Bears' all-time top five in the event at No. 5 ... Narrowly missed out on the 100 breast A-Final, but bounced back to win consoles with a time of 1:05.73...Swam the 200 IM (2:14.42) on Day 1 and shaved three seconds off her career best ... Qualified for the 200 breast B-Final at both the Purdue Invitational and UIW Christmas Invitational ... Finished the season among the Bears' top-five swimmers in the 100 breast (4th) and 200 breast (4th).
Background: Member of the Northside High swimming program; swam club for Ian Bullock and the Fort Smith Tideriders ... Scored silver in the 500 free at the 2012 Arkansas State Swimming & Diving Championships; set a new Northside school record in the 100 breast (1:08.91) with her fourth-place finish at state ... Qualified for state as a sophomore junior and captured third place both years ... Qualified for the Region VIII Summer Sectionals championship meet in the 100 and 200 breast in 2009 ... Rated as the No. 2 recruit in the state of Arkansas for the 2012 class, according to CollegeSwimming.com.
Personal: Olivia May Gean is the daughter of Roy and Rose Gean ... Born on May 2, 1994 in Fort Smith, Ark. ... Has four siblings: Tim, Donna, Elizabeth and Roy ... Comes from a great athletic blood line as her father swam at the University of Missouri; Tim ran cross country at Allen County Community College and Elizabeth participated in track & field/cross country at Lee University and Arkansas Tech ... Plans to major in finance at Missouri State.