Sander, Beaver Earn MSU Athletic, Academic Honors
July 17, 2014
SPRINGFIELD – Missouri State's final set of year-end honors were announced Wednesday with the awarding of the 2013-14 Outstanding Female Athlete Award and the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Senior Female Scholar-Athlete Award.
Sander, one of the most decorated swimmers in Missouri State history, is the second athlete from her sport in four years to pick up the Outstanding Female Athlete Award, joining current assistant coach Chelsea Dirks-Ham took the honor in 2011.
Sander was a four-time All-MVC first team selection and earned her third consecutive MVC Swimmer of the Year honor in 2014. She led the Bears to their seventh straight MVC championship with a 222-point margin over second-place Illinois State in February.
Sander earned five gold medals at the 2014 conference meet in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes, 200 individual medley and 200 and 400 medley relays, including setting school records in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.45), 200 individual medley (2:03.18) and 400 medley relay (3:42.83). She also posted NCAA consideration times in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. Sander picked up MVC Swimmer of the Week honors on Dec. 17 and Nov. 5 in 2013-14.
During her career, Sander was part of four MVC team titles, 15 MVC event titles, three individual event school records and five MVC records in her time at Missouri State.
Other finalists for the 2013-14 Outstanding Female Athlete Award were: three-time All-MVC softball second baseman Ashley Brentz (Sr., St. Louis, Mo.); MVC soccer Defensive Player of the Year Kelsey Fouch (Sr., St. Charles, Mo.); NCAA qualifier and standout sprinter Althia Maximilien (Jr., Bridgetown, Barbados); and volleyball All-American Carly Thomas (Swansea, Ill.).
Emily Beaver graduated with a 3.955 grade-point average in December with a degree in elementary education after being a strong part of the Bears’ cross country and track & field teams from 2009-13.
She was a six-time member of the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team as well as being named All-MVC for cross country in 2011. She was also named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District VII Team that season.
Beaver helped the Bears capture the 2012 MVC indoor track & field championship with a personal-best time (4:54.16) in the mile run. She is the second distance runner in three years to win the Wynn Award, joining former teammate Terry Phillips, the 2012 recipient.
Beaver also set the Guinness record in the sport of jogging in 2013. She ran one mile on the Plaster Stadium track while juggling three beanbags in 5:58.17, breaking the previous record of 6:17.00 from 1989.
The Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Senior Female Scholar-Athlete Award is named in honor of the long-time Missouri State teacher, coach and athletics administrator who became the first female to be named as Missouri Sports Legend by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on April 24, 2014. Wynn, who retired in 1998, served 41 years at her alma mater. The newly-renovated Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Academic Achievement Center, located in Forsythe Athletics Center on the Springfield campus, will be officially dedicated during a public ceremony on Sept. 5.
Missouri State Outstanding Female Athlete Award1981 - Stephanie Dutton, field hockey1982 - Jennifer Seveland Box, volleyball1983 - Lynne Strubberg, basketball1984 - Jeanette Tendai, basketball1985 - Kim Schwaab, field hockey1986 - Terri Whitmarsh, softball1987 - Kathy Crotty, volleyball1988 - Marjorie DeMarino, field hockey1989 - Mindy Struckhoff, volleyball1990 - Susan Ruch, volleyball1991 - LaWaynta Dawson, basketball1992 - Barb Gaines, softball1993 - Barb Gaines, softball1994 - Melody Howard, basketball - Kellie Becher, softball1995 - Melinda Sallins, track and field1996 - Melinda Sallins, track and field1997 - Michelle Baptiste, track and field1998 - Lisa Davies, basketball1999 - Verneta Lesforis, track and field2000 - Jackie Stiles, basketball2001 - Jackie Stiles, basketball2002 - Cheasa Gibson, track and field2003 - Courtney Phillips, swimming & diving2004 - Cheasa Gibson, track and field2005 - Casey Owens, track and cross country2006 - Tracy Partain, track and field2007 - Sally Hinton, golf2008 - Missy Linnens, golf2009 - Jordan Hawkins, swimming & diving2010 - Samantha Aguilar, soccer2011 - Chelsea Dirks-Ham, swimming & diving - Kelley Michnowicz, volleyball2012 - Casey Garrison, basketball2013 - Nia Williams, soccer2014 - Renata Sander, swimming & diving
Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Senior Female Scholar-Athlete1981 - Diane Linneman, basketball1982 - Stephanie Dutton, field hockey1983 - Jennifer Seveland Box, volleyball Diane Busenbark, cross country1984 - Mandy Charles, track1985 - Maureen Manda, volleyball1986 - Lisa Einheuser, cross country and track1987 - Marla Douglass, basketball1988 - Julie Warren, volleyball1989 - Mandy Struckhoff, volleyball1990 - Pat Stock, volleyball1991 - Karen Heman, field hockey1992 - Charity Shira, basketball1993 - JanaRae Abram, tennis1994 - Melody Howard, basketball1995 - Linda Shipton, field hockey1996 - Jodie Schurle, track & field1997 - Alissa Donaldson, field hockey and soccer1998 - Michelle Witzke, volleyball1999 - Cheryl Haslag, cross country and track Lisa Davies, basketball2000 - Lani Kim, volleyball2001 - Jessica Gorham, softball2002 - Erica Adams, swimming2003 - Rhonda Allen, cross country and track2004 - Mary Litvan, soccer2005 - Karen Hymer, soccer2006 - Sarah Klaassen, basketball2007 - Melissa Behr, field hockey2008 - Carrie Vestal, cross country and track2009 - Cara Belcher, swimming & diving2010 - Chelsea Ray, swimming & diving2011 - Katharina Voelkel, swimming & diving2012 - Terry Phillips, cross country and track2013 - Chelsea Voet, soccer2014 - Emily Beaver, cross country and track