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
The Missouri State Bears had a first-place finisher in all but three of the 26 events in the final home men's and women's swimming and diving dual this season, leading to a sweep of the Truman State Bulldogs on Senior Day
Missouri State ends a busy October slate of swimming and diving competition with several swimmers picking up season-best times against the Tigers on Friday
Honors & Awards · MSU Athletics Director's Honor Roll - Fall 2014, Fall 2013 · 2014-15 MVC Scholar-Athlete Team
2014-15 Season (Sophomore): Bears swimmer finished the season with three top-five times among MSU athletes, including the fourth fastest marks in the 100 and 200 freestyle events … Appeared in the Missouri Valley Conference Championship, qualifying for the 100 free B-finals which she touched in with a season-best 52.23 … Completed a lifetime mark of 5:06.40 in the 500 freestyle at the Louisville Invitational (Nov. 21) … Active in a majority of Missouri State competitions … Placed third in the 1000 freestyle in the Truman State dual at Hammons Student Center.
2013-14 Season (Freshman):Swam in freestyle, backstroke and butterfly events for the Bears ... Set majority of personal-best marks at the TYR Invitational on the campus of Northwestern ... Swam a season-best 2:17.98 time in the 200 back at the Oklahoma Splash Bash ... Also set her best time in the 100 fly (1:04.26) in a dual meet against Arkansas.
Background: Coached by David Youker at Olathe (Kan.) East High ... A member of the Kansas City Blazers swim club; previously swam with KC Swim Academy ... A six-time finalist at the KSHSAA state meet ... Garnered all-league, all-metro, all-city and all-state honors in her first three seasons with the Hawks ... In 2012, Elsey was state runner-up in the 100 free (53.06) and picked up a bronze medal in the 50 free ... Her sophomore season she helped rewrite the records in the 200 and 400 free relays; individually she finished fourth in both the 50 and 100 free...Set the Olathe East school record in the 50 free with her fourth-place finish at state as a freshman ... Named to the USA Swimming Scholastic All-American team in 2011.
Personal: Shawna Marie Elsey is the daughter of David and Tami Elsey ... Born Aug. 7, 1995 in Shawnee Mission, Kan. ... Has two older brothers, Ryan and Dylan ... Brother, Ryan, swam at the NCAA Division III level for Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. ... Plans to major in business and economics at Missouri State.