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
MSU earns 11th title overall with three event wins Saturday
Honors & Awards 2013-14 All-MVC First Team 2012-13 All-MVC Honorable Mention 2011-12 All-MVC First Team
2013-14:Named to the All-MVC First Team ... Competed in multiple events for the Bears at the MVC championships ... Placed third at the MVC championships with a 17:03.96 time in the 1650 free ... Also placed fourth in the 400 IM (4:30.12) ... Finished second in the 1650 free (16:47.14) at the TYR Invitational on the campus of Northwestern ... Also took fifth in the 500 free with a time of 4:56.11 at the same event.
2012-13: Ranked 239th nationally in the 1650 free ... Named to the All-MVC Honorable Mention team after a pair of the top-10 finishes at the 2013 MVC Championships ... Narrowly missed out on an A-Final appearance in the 500 free with a prelims time of 5:00.56; won the consolation final at night on Day 1 ... Qualified for the championship final in the 400 IM and placed seventh overall (4:31.58); registered the sixth-fastest prelims time (4:30.42) ... Held out of the 1650 free after battling injury on the final day of the MVC Championships; entered conference with the league's second-fastest time in the event ... Scored points in all three individual events she swam at the Purdue Invitational; placed 16th in the 500 free, 14th in the 400 IM and 10th in the 1650 free ... Recorded the Bears' fastest 1650 free time (17:01.12) of the season at the Purdue Invitational ... Finished the season among the Bears' top-five swimmers in the 500 free (3rd), 1000 free (1st), 1650 free (1st) and 400 IM (2nd).
2011-12: Earned All-MVC first team honors as a freshman ... Was at her peak during the 2012 MVC Championships, logging career bests in the distance free events and the 400 IM ... Qualified for the A-Final in the 500 free and finished seventh ... Was one of five Bears in the 400 IM championship final and placed fourth ... Medaled in the 1650 free at the 2012 MVC Championships with a third-place finish (16:58.98) ... During the dual-meet season, she collected wins in the 200 breast vs. Lindenwood, 1000 free at Truman State, 1650 free at Lindenwood and the 200 fly vs. William Jewell ... Nearly cracked the top-three in the 1650 free at the UIW Christmas Invitational; placed fourth out of 19 swimmers in the event...Finished on the season's top times list in five events: 500 free (2nd), 1000 free (2nd), 1650 free (2nd), 200 breast (4th) and 400 IM (2nd).
Background: Moved nearly 9,000 miles from Polokwane, South Africa ... Went to the same high school (Pietersburg) that former MSU swimmer Daan Jansen attended ... At the end of 2010, Van Rensburg helped the Progress Swimming Academy win the team title at the 40th SA Sasol Winter Championships ... Was awarded the Best Senior Female Swimmer trophy for her performance that included eight gold, two silver and three bronze medals ... In 2009, she qualified for the FINA ARENA World Cup in Durban, South Africa; At the World Cup event, she placed sixth overall in the 200-meter butterfly (2:21.46) and eighth in the 400-meter IM (5:05.42).
Personal: Suzanne Johani Janse van Rensburg is the daughter of Kobus and Sonja Janse van Rensburg ... Born Feb. 18, 1992 in Pretoria, South Africa ... Has one brother, Jacques ... Majoring in hospitality and restaurant administration.