Laura Peterson
Laura Peterson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Little Rock, Ark.

High School:
Mount St. Mary Academy

Event:
Free/Fly

Birthdate:
11/07/1989

Major:
Political Science

04/17/2012

Annual Maroon & White Event Brings Out MSU's Best & Brightest

153 Honored at 2nd Annual Honors Banquet and Awards Ceremony

02/28/2012

Bears Claim 11 Spots on MVC Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete Team

Missouri State landed the most athletes on the list of any Valley school

02/18/2012

Bears Crowned MVC Champs for Fifth Straight Year

Missouri State wins by 252 points over Illinois State; second-largest margin of victory in MSU history

02/17/2012

Bears Bolster Lead Heading Into Final Day at MVC Championships

Missouri State won three individual events, one relay on Friday

02/17/2012

Bears' Depth Evident During Second Day of MVC Championships

Balzam, Sander and Ahlin head into finals as top seeds

2011-12 All-MVC Honorable Mention
2011-12 MVC Scholar-Athlete
2010-11 MVC Scholar-Athlete
2009-10 MVC Scholar-Athlete

At Missouri State: Peterson enters her senior year with a wealth of experience at the MVC Championships and will once again provide depth in the freestyle and butterfly events.

2010-11: As a junior, Peterson registered top-five times among MSU swimmers in the 200 free, 1000 free, 1650 free and 200 fly. She set personal bests in the 100 fly at Drury and the 200 free and 200 fly at the MVC Championships. At the conference meet, Peterson finished in the top-16 in all three of her individual events: 200 free (9th), 200 fly (10th) and 1650 free (13th). For her work both in the classroom and in the pool, she was named to teh 2010-11 MVC Scholar-Athlete team.

2009-10: Peterson swam sprint free, distance free and butterfly events for the Bears as a sophomore. Her times of 1:55.76 in the 200 free (4th), 18:38.31 in the 1,650 free (5th) and 2:10.86 for the 200 fly (5th) all rank in the seasons top five times. She was also named a 2009-10 MVC Scholar-Athlete at the end of the season.

2008-09: Peterson swam in multiple events as a freshman. She set a personal best and fourth best on the team in the 200 free at the MVC Championships (1:55.57).

Background: Peterson became a Bear after swimming four years for Mount St. Mary's Academy in Little Rock, Ark. Peterson was a four-time all-state and all-region selection. Her senior year, she was named women's Swimmer of the Year by her teammates, leading her high school to a state championship. Peterson was also a member of the scholar-athlete squad as a senior.

Personal: Laura Renee Peterson is the daughter of Greg and Leta Peterson. She was born on November 7, 1989 in Tulsa, Okla. Her father, Greg, was a swimmer at Millikin University. She is majoring in political science.

Career Bests at Missouri State
Event Time Opponent/Meet Date
100 Free 54.30 2009 MVC Championships 2/14/09
200 Free 1:53.42 2012 MVC Championships 2/17/12
500 Free 5:09.17 TYR Invitational 11/18/11
1000 Free 10:40.64 2012 MVC Championships 2/18/12
1650 Free 17:33.92 2012 MVC Championships 2/18/12
100 Fly 1:01.85 @ Drury 1/20/11
200 Fly 2:08.27 2012 MVC Championships 2/18/12

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