Feb. 22, 2012
ST. LOUIS -- Missouri State swimmer Dimitra Drakopoulou has been selected as Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week, along with Southern Illinois' Austin Montgomery, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced on Wednesday. Montgomery and Drakopoulou were honored for their performance during the period of Feb. 13-19.
Drakopoulou, who has a 3.51 cumulative GPA and is working toward her master's degree in community agency, capped off her career with her first-ever individual gold medal at the 2012 State Farm MVC Swimming & Diving Championships this past weekend. She also rewrote the school record books in the 500, 1000 and 1650 free.
In the 1650 free, the captain held off a surge by two-time defending mile champion Kirsten Groome of Southern Illinois, to win the event with a time of 16:46.50.
The senior hailing from Athens, Greece was also Missouri State's highest finisher in the 200 free (5th) and 500 free (4th). With her swims, Drakopoulou earned her fourth first-team All-MVC honor on Saturday, February 18, in Carbondale, Ill.
Now in its 13th year of existence, The Valley's Scholar-Athlete program is sponsored by Prairie Farms, Roberts and Hiland Dairies. On a weekly basis, the Conference honors its student-athletes for their athletic performance for a one-week period and academic success in the classroom.
To qualify for Prairie Farms/Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing. Redshirt freshmen and first-year junior college transfers are not eligible. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.