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Matana Wellman
Matana Wellman

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
South Hampton, England

Last College:
Kelly College

Event:
Freestyle

At Missouri State: As a senior, Matana will be a force in The Valley in the freestyle events...2008-09: In the 2009 MVC tournament, Matana turned in her best times in the 50-yard (23.71), 100-yard (51.86), and the 200-yard (1:50.39) freestyle events, placing second, second and first respectively in the 2009 top-five in each event...also swam in the 400-yard medley relay that won conference and broke both the school and conference records with a time of (3:44.93)...named 2009 First Team All-MVC...2007-08: In her sophomore season with the Bears, Wellman continued to make her mark in the Missouri State record books. Her first-place finish at the conference meet in the 1650 free listed her third in school history in the event. Wellman was second and sixth in her other two individual races, the 200 and 500 free, respectively. She also swam in four second place relays for the Bears at the Valley meet. For her performances, Wellman was awarded All-MVC First Team honors for the second consecutive year. 2006-07: Wellman had an impressive freshman campaign, claiming first in the 500 free, fourth in the 200 free and 11th in the 100 free. She swam the first leg of the 800 free relay that captured a second-place finish at the MVC Championship meet. Wellman earned a spot on the All-MVC first team. Background: Wellman came to Missouri State after having seen competition in the 2004 Olympic Games and the 2003 and 2005 world championship meets. She marked her personal best time in the 200-meter freestyle at the 2005 world championship meet in 2:12.43. She recorded a time of 59.87 in the 100-meter free at the same meet. Wellman also competed in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in freestyle events. Personal: Full name is Jakie Kim Wellman. Born July 22, 1988, in Lusaka, Zambia. Daughter of Robert and Catherine Wellman.

Career Best:

Event Time Date, Opponent/Meet

50 Free 23.71 2/12/09, MVC Championship

100 Free 51.86 2/14/09, MVC Championship

200 free 1:50.39 2/14/09, MVC Championship

500 free 5:04.73 2/10/07, MVC Championship

1650 free 17:26.17 2/16/08, MVC Championship

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