2012-13: Named to the 2013 All-MVC First Team in her first season with the Bears...Recorded a runner-up finish in the 1650 free (17:04.60) at the 2013 MVC Championships; made a significant jump up the rankings after entering the meet with the Valley's seventh-fastest mile time ... Dropped four seconds from her prelims time and directed a come-from-behind effort to win the MVC consolation final in the 400 IM (4:33.41) ... On Day 1, made a one-spot jump in the 500 free to 11th overall and registered a personal best time of 5:03.95 ... Made her way into the top-five all-time in MSU history in the 1000 and 1650 free at No. 5 in both events ... Finished the season among the Bears' top-five swimmers in the 500 free (5th), 1000 free (2nd), 1650 free (2nd), and 400 IM (4th).
Background: A distance freestyle swimmer from Lee's Summit, Mo. ... Swims club for the Kansas City Blazers ... Earned a Junior National 'B' cut at the 2011 Missouri Valley Division I championships ... Broke multiple school records at Lee's Summit ... Also earned All-Metro first team honors ... Placed sixth in the 500 free at the MSHSAA Girls State meet as a junior ... Took part in the 2011 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and placed 64th in the women's 5K.
Personal: Heather M. Snyder is the daughter of Steve and Cindy Snyder ... Born Sept. 17, 1993 in Independence, Mo. ... Has one sister, Audrey ... Plans to major in nursing.