Bears Aim for Unprecedented Sixth Straight Title at MVC Championships
Freshman Dora Kiss ranks as the Bears' top swimmer in the 500 free, 200 fly and 400 IM
Freshman Dora Kiss ranks as the Bears' top swimmer in the 500 free, 200 fly and 400 IM

Feb. 13, 2013

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Defending Missouri Valley Conference champion Missouri State is in pursuit of an unprecedented sixth consecutive league title this week at the 2013 MVC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships. For the fifth year in a row, the MVC Championships will be held at Dr. Edward Shea Natatorium on the campus of Southern Illinois University, February 14-16.

On Wednesday (Feb. 13), the Bears received four of five first-place votes in the MVC Swimming & Diving Pre-Championship Poll and earned the pre-championship favorite tag. The Missouri State women continue to zero in on SIU’s league-leading 13 conference championships and can pull within three if they hoist the Valley trophy for the 10th time in 11 seasons.

“This is the culmination of a season’s worth of work and our athletes are ready,” said Missouri State head coach Dave Collins. “It’s always a challenge when you’ve got a target on your back as repeat champions. With that being said, I like our experience and depth. I think the entire conference seems to be faster, so that is going to cause our athletes to raise the bar a little bit.”

Thursday, February 14
• 11:00 a.m. - Prelims
• 1:00 p.m. - 1-Meter Diving Prelims
• Immediately Following - 1-Meter Diving Consolation Finals
• 6:00 p.m. - Finals & 1-Meter Diving Championship Finals
• Events: 200 Free Relay - 500 Free - 200 IM - 50 Free - 1-Meter Diving - 400 Medley Relay

Friday, February 15
• 11:00 a.m. - Prelims
• 1:00 p.m. - 3-Meter Diving Prelims
• 6:00 p.m. - Finals & 3-Meter Diving Consolation Finals
• Events: 200 Medley Relay - 400 IM - 100 Fly - 200 Free - 100 Breast - 100 Back - 3-Meter Diving - 800 Free Relay

Saturday, February 16
• 10:00 a.m. - Prelims
• 4:00 p.m. - Finals & 3-Meter Diving Championship Finals
• Events: 1650 Free - 200 Back - 100 Free - 200 Breast - 200 Fly - 400 Free Relay

Fans can follow the action at the 2013 MVC Swimming & Diving Championships online at, the league’s online video streaming platform.

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• At the 2012 MVC Championships, Missouri State amassed 977 points, which was the second highest point total by a Missouri State squad and the third most in MVC Championship history
• The Illinois State Redbirds have been the runners-up in each of the past four seasons
• Missouri State’s average margin of victory during its current run of five championship titles is 215.7 points
• In 2012, the Bears rewrote the Valley record in three separate events. Anna Ahlin and Renata Sander broke the 200 back and 200 breast individual championship records, and led off the 400 medley relay that also set a new standard.
• In all, the 2012 Bears broke the MSU varsity records in 10 events including the 500 free, 1000 free, 1650 free, 200 back, 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 fly, 200 IM, 800 free relay and 400 medley relay.
• Missouri State has produced the MVC Swimmer of the Year in three of the past four seasons including reigning Swimmer of the Year Renata Sander.
• Since their arrival to the MVC in 1998, the Bears have totaled 72 individual conference champions, along with 32 relay titles.
• Last season, Missouri State notched 11 All-MVC First Team selections bringing the Bears’ total to 63 student-athletes in 13 years.

• A Missouri State swimmer has won the 100-yard fly in six of the past eight conference meets
• A Bear has been crowned conference champion in the 100-yard back eight years in a row: Allison Zeller (05-06-07), Jordan Hawkins (08-09), graduate assistant coach Chelsea Dirks-Ham (10) and junior Anna Ahlin (11-12).
• Missouri State has taken home the top spot in the 200-yard back six of the past seven years. Ahlin is looking for her third title in as many years
• The Bears’ streak of eight consecutive champions in the 200 IM was snapped at last year’s championships when SIU’s Hannah Pinion edged out Renata Sander. The top-four finishers in the 200 IM last year were under the previous championship mark held by MSU’s Brianna Willoughby.
• Since the 2003-04 season, the Bears have dominated the medley relays at the MVC Championships. They are a perfect 9-for-9 in the 200 medley relay and seven of the past eight 400 medley relays.
• Missouri State has also won the 200 free relay in each of the last three years.



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