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Missouri State Swimmers Picked as Pre-Championship Favorite



ST LOUIS - Missouri State women's swimming and diving was named the unanimous favorite to win their fourth consecutive Missouri Valley Conference championship, the conference released today.

In the poll, every coach voted the standings in the same order with Missouri State first, followed by Illinois State, Southern Illinois, Evansville and UNI.

The meet will take place Feb. 17-19 in Carbondale, Ill.

The Bears have been impressive this season, with Missouri State holding the top time in 11 of the 14 individual events in the conference and three of the five relay events.

If the Bears win a title again this season, it will be their fourth consecutive and their eighth title in nine years. Since joining the Valley for the 1998-99 season, no team has won more MVC championships than Missouri State.

MVC Pre-Championship Poll (First Place Votes)
1. Missouri State (5)
2. Illinois State
3. Southern Illinois
4. Evansville
5. Northern Iowa



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