Renata Sander & Melissa Oishi celebrate after tying for first in the 200 breast
Honors & Awards MVC Record Holder - 200 Breast - 2:13.77 - Feb. 16, 2013 School Record Holder - 200 Breast - 2:13.77 - Feb. 16, 2013 MVC Record Holder - 100 Breast - 1:01.99 - Feb. 15, 2013 School Record Holder - 100 Breast - 1:01.99 - Feb. 15, 2013 MVC Record Holder - 200 IM - 2:03.18 - Feb. 14, 2013 School Record Holder - 200 IM - 2:03.18 - Feb. 14, 2013 2012-13 Co-MVC Swimmer of the Year 2012-13 MSU Female Swimmer of the Year MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week - Feb. 20, 2013 MVC Swimmer of the Week - Nov. 20, 2012 2011-12 MVC Swimmer of the Year 2011-12 MSU Female Swimmer of the Year 2011-12 All-MVC First Team 2010-11 All-MVC First Team MSU Athletics Director's Honor Roll - Spring 2013, Spring 2012, Fall 2011, Spring 2011
2012-13: Earned All-MVC First Team honors for the third consecutive year ... Shared co-MVC Swimmer of the Year honors with teammate Dora Kiss and Evansville's Michelle Tipton...Tabbed MSU Female Swimmer of the Year and Missouri State's Junior Student-Athlete of the Year (Bears All-Sports Showcase) ... Ranked in the top 100 nationally in the 100 breast (t-98th) and 200 breast (t-91st)...Became one of the most decorated MSU swimmers in program history, winning five gold medals (3 individual, 2 relay) at the 2013 MVC Championships; brings gold medal count up to 11 for her career; also broke MSU and MVC records in all three individual events ... On Day 1, Sander caught the lead pack on the breaststroke leg of the 200 IM and finished in record pace (2:03.18); Guided the Bears' 400 medley relay to a dominant first-place finish to conclude the first day ... Broke a five-year-old MVC and Shea Natatorium record in the 100 breast (1:01.99) and clinched an NCAA `B' cut in the event; Swam the breaststroke leg of the 200 medley relay and helped MSU to a new MVC record ... Recorded her fifth title of the meet, tying for first with teammate Melissa Oishi in the 200 breast (2:13.77); Both swimmers registered NCAA consideration times in the event ... Held the Valley's top time in the 100 breast, 200 breast and 200 IM for the entire 2012-13 season ... Collected six first-place finishes during the regular season, including victories in the 100 breast at the Show-Me Showdown and Purdue Invitational ... Was one of seven Bears named to the 2013 MVC Scholar-Athlete Team...Named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week on February 20.
2011-12: Named MVC Swimmer of the Year ... Also earned MSU's Female Swimmer of the Year award at the yearly banquet ... Made the all-MVC first team for the second consecutive year ... One of two MSU female swimmers to garner CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major All-American honorable mention status ... Finished 112th in the nation in the 100 breast ... Finished 131st in the nation in the 200 breast ... Collected two gold medals as a member of the 200 and 400 medley relays at the 2012 MVC Championships...Was one of four athletes under the previous MVC championship record in the 200 IM; finished runner-up to SIU's Hannah Pinion by .17 seconds ... Posted a NCAA 'B' cut in the 100 breast en route to a gold medal in the event at the MVC Championships; won the event by a margin of 1.58 seconds ... Ran away with the title in the 200 breast; collected her second NCAA 'B' cut; broke the pool and MVC record in the event (2:15.31) ... During the dual-meet season, Sander won the 200 breast on four different occasions: vs. SIU, at Truman State, at Lindenwood and vs. Evansville ... Won the 100 breast twice vs. Truman State and at Lindenwood ... Also placed first in the 200 IM vs. William Jewell and 50 free against Truman State ... Doubled up on individual victories at the UIW Christmas Invitational with wins in the 100 and 200 breast...Took home the 150 breast title and was runner-up in the 75 breast at the Show-Me Showdown.
2010-11: Was one of 11 MSU swimmers named to the all-MVC first team...Had an impressive debut season, rewriting the school record books in the 100 and 200 breast ... As a freshman, she collected three silver medals at the 2011 MVC Championships in the 200 IM, 100 breast and 200 breast ... Was also an integral part of the Bears' relays, swimming the breaststroke leg on the first-place 200 and 400 medley relays ... The 200 medley relay set a new MVC, championship and pool record in the event.
Background: Swam for the Minas Tenis Swimming Team in Belo Horizonte, Brazil ... Won the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events in the National Age Group Championships from 2006-09 ... Was named to the Brazilian Junior National team in 2007 and 2008.
Personal: Daughter of Fernando and Denise Sander ... Born on Sept. 3, 1991 ... Has two brothers: Rafael and Leonardo ... Majoring in exercise & movement science.