Swimming & Diving Gets 2012-13 Season Underway with Show-Me Showdown
Oct. 4, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Missouri State swimming & diving program embarks on its first full season under the direction of head coach Dave Collins, beginning with the Show-Me Showdown on Friday (Oct. 5) at 3 p.m. Both Bears’ squads will travel to Columbia, Mo. to compete with six other Missouri programs at the Mizzou Aquatics Center. The list of in-state schools includes: Drury, Lindenwood, Missouri, Missouri S&T (men), Truman State and Washington University.
Women’s Swimming & Diving Preview
Melissa Oishi, Brittany Winter
New Faces Around Hammons Student Center Pool
Rebecca Amparano (Kearney, Mo.) – Butterfly/IM
Andi Burroughs (Maumelle, Ark.) – Breaststroke
Emily Chesser (Wichita, Kan.) - IM
Kate Gately (Chesterfield, Mo.) – Freestyle
Olivia Gean (Fort Smith, Ark.) – Breaststroke
Juliana Kagami (Sao Paulo, Brazil) – Butterfly/IM
Glory Reichard (Nevada, Mo.) - Breaststroke
Ibby Simcox (Blue Springs, Mo.) – Butterfly/IM
Heather Snyder (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) – Freestyle/Butterfly
Morgan Uhlman (Liberty, Mo.) – Freestyle
Darya Wodetzki (Cincinnati, Ohio) – Diving
Carly Wright (Round Rock, Texas) – Freestyle
Returning All-Conference Selections
Missouri State collected the most MVC first-team honors of any team with 11 student-athletes. The Bears return eight of the 11: Anna Ahlin, Roni Balzam, Janke Engelbrecht, Megan Holthoff, Melissa Oishi, Renata Sander, Andrea Uzcategui and Suzanne Van Rensburg.
In addition to the 11 first-team selections, the Bears also had nine on the all-MVC honorable mention squad. Returning from that list are divers Lindsey Conway and Paige Koebbe, along with swimmers Hannah Molden, Marta Nogueroles and Kaylee Steffen.
A Look Back at 2011-12
• The Missouri State women’s swimming & diving team were crowned Missouri Valley Conference champions for the fifth consecutive year.
• It marked the ninth time in 10 years that the Bears have won the title. The 252-point margin ahead of runner-up Illinois State was the second largest margin of victory in MSU history.
• In addition to all-MVC honors, junior Renata Sander was named MVC Swimmer of the Year after winning the 100 and 200 breast, along with first-place swims on the 200 and 400 medley relays.
• Three swimmers ranked in the top 150 nationally at the end of the season. Ahlin ranked 108th in the 200 back. Drakopoulou finished 130th in the nation in the 1650 free, while Sander finished 112th in the 100 breast and 131st in the 200 breast.
• With NCAA “B” cuts, Ahlin and Sander were named to the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major All-American honorable mention team.
• On the season, MSU collected four MVC Swimmer of the Week awards: Oishi (2), Ahlin (1), Balzam (1).
• Bear swimmers rewrote the MSU record books in the 500 free, 1000 free, 1650 free, 200 back, 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 fly, 200 IM, 800 free relay and 400 medley relay.