Drakopoulou Selected as Prairie Farms MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week
 
Drakopoulou bettered her school records in the 500, 1000 and 1650 free at the 2012 MVC Championships.
 
Drakopoulou bettered her school records in the 500, 1000 and 1650 free at the 2012 MVC Championships.
 

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.


 

 

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