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.

Swimmer Renata Sander (Sr., Belo Horizonte, Brazil) claimed the Outstanding Female Athlete Award, as voted on by Missouri State's nine women's head coaches, while Emily Beaver (Sr., Diamond, Mo.) earned the prestigious 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 Award

1981 - Stephanie Dutton, field hockey
1982 - Jennifer Seveland Box, volleyball
1983 - Lynne Strubberg, basketball
1984 - Jeanette Tendai, basketball
1985 - Kim Schwaab, field hockey
1986 - Terri Whitmarsh, softball
1987 - Kathy Crotty, volleyball
1988 - Marjorie DeMarino, field hockey
1989 - Mindy Struckhoff, volleyball
1990 - Susan Ruch, volleyball
1991 - LaWaynta Dawson, basketball
1992 - Barb Gaines, softball
1993 - Barb Gaines, softball
1994 - Melody Howard, basketball
           - Kellie Becher, softball
1995 - Melinda Sallins, track and field
1996 - Melinda Sallins, track and field
1997 - Michelle Baptiste, track and field
1998 - Lisa Davies, basketball
1999 - Verneta Lesforis, track and field
2000 - Jackie Stiles, basketball
2001 - Jackie Stiles, basketball
2002 - Cheasa Gibson, track and field
2003 - Courtney Phillips, swimming & diving
2004 - Cheasa Gibson, track and field
2005 - Casey Owens, track and cross country
2006 - Tracy Partain, track and field
2007 - Sally Hinton, golf
2008 - Missy Linnens, golf
2009 - Jordan Hawkins, swimming & diving
2010 - Samantha Aguilar, soccer
2011 - Chelsea Dirks-Ham, swimming & diving
          - Kelley Michnowicz, volleyball
2012 - Casey Garrison, basketball
2013 - Nia Williams, soccer
2014 - Renata Sander, swimming & diving


Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Senior Female Scholar-Athlete

1981 - Diane Linneman, basketball
1982 - Stephanie Dutton, field hockey
1983 - Jennifer Seveland Box, volleyball
       Diane Busenbark, cross country
1984 - Mandy Charles, track
1985 - Maureen Manda, volleyball
1986 - Lisa Einheuser, cross country and track
1987 - Marla Douglass, basketball
1988 - Julie Warren, volleyball
1989 - Mandy Struckhoff, volleyball
1990 - Pat Stock, volleyball
1991 - Karen Heman, field hockey
1992 - Charity Shira, basketball
1993 - JanaRae Abram, tennis
1994 - Melody Howard, basketball
1995 - Linda Shipton, field hockey
1996 - Jodie Schurle, track & field
1997 - Alissa Donaldson, field hockey and soccer
1998 - Michelle Witzke, volleyball
1999 - Cheryl Haslag, cross country and track
       Lisa Davies, basketball
2000 - Lani Kim, volleyball
2001 - Jessica Gorham, softball
2002 - Erica Adams, swimming
2003 - Rhonda Allen, cross country and track
2004 - Mary Litvan, soccer
2005 - Karen Hymer, soccer
2006 - Sarah Klaassen, basketball
2007 - Melissa Behr, field hockey
2008 - Carrie Vestal, cross country and track
2009 - Cara Belcher, swimming & diving
2010 - Chelsea Ray, swimming & diving
2011 - Katharina Voelkel, swimming & diving
2012 - Terry Phillips, cross country and track
2013 - Chelsea Voet, soccer
2014 - Emily Beaver, cross country and track

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