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
Highlights from Day Two of the MVC Swimming & Diving Championships
Honors & Awards · 2014-15 All-MVC First Team · 2014-15 MVC Scholar Athlete · 2013-14 All-MVC Honorable Mention · 2013-14 MVC Scholar Athlete · 2012-13 All-MVC First Team · MSU Athletics Director's Honor Roll - Fall 2014,Fall 2013 2014-15 Season (Junior): All-MVC First Team selection … Named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team ... Had three personal-best times and won three medals at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship … Won gold in the 400 IM behind a lifetime-best 4:21.24 … Earned a silver medal in a runner-up performance in the 200 butterfly (2:00.87) which was part of a 1-2-3-5 Bears finish in the event … Also took home bronze in the 200 IM by touching the wall in a time of 2:04.17 … Served as a member of the Missouri State 200 medley relay ‘C’ squad that finished with the sixth fastest time … Won the 100 butterfly in the Jan. 17 dual against Truman State at Hammons Student Center … Also had a solid three-day run at the Louisville Invitational … Put up season-best marks at that time in the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 fly … Best finish came in a B-finals appearance in the 400 IM, placing 10th in a time of 4:37.34 … Ended season with top-three times in four events, including the fastest in the 400 IM.
2013-14 Season (Sophomore):Honorable mention on all-MVC team ... Named an MVC Scholar Athlete ... Finished fourth in the 200 fly (2:04.68) and the 100 fly (56.46) at the MVC championships ... Top performances include dual meets with Missouri and Drury ... Placed second in the 200 fly with a time of 2:08.45 in dual against Drury ... Member of 400 free relay that finished second (3:40.53) at Missouri Dual on Nov. 8, 2013.
2012-13 Season (Freshman): Dropped 1.3 seconds from prelims to finish 10th in the 200 IM (2:06.66) on first day of conference ... Made first career A-Final appearance in 100 fly, placing seventh overall at 2013 MVC Championships ... Jumped up four spots in 200-fly championship final to finish third and earn All-MVC first team honors; Appeared on the MSU all-time top performers list at No. 3 in the 200 fly with her time of 2:02.66 ... Made the C-Final in the 200 fly and 400 IM at the Purdue Invitational.
Background: Amparano is a butterfly/IM swimmer from Kearney, Mo. ... Swam club for Tsunami Swim Team of Kansas City ... Achieved junior national cuts as a junior in the 100 fly, 200 fly and 400 IM ... Placed sixth in the A-Final at the 2011 CSRVIII Spring Sectionals meet in the 200-meter butterfly (2:25.54) ... Competed at sectionals and Grand Prix meet in Austin, Texas as a sophomore.
Personal: Rebecca Lynn Amparano is the daughter of Felix and Wendy Amparano ... Born Feb. 9, 1995 in Abington, Pa. ... Has two siblings: Rachel and Elias ... Following college, Amparano plans to attend medical school.