Sander Gets MVC Swimmer of the Week Nod
Sander is the third MSU swimmer to receive the weekly Valley honor this season
Sander is the third MSU swimmer to receive the weekly Valley honor this season

Nov. 20, 2012

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Following a productive weekend at the Purdue Invitational, Missouri State junior Renata Sander has been named Missouri Valley Conference Swimmer of the Week, the league announced Tuesday (Nov. 20). She is the third Bear to receive the Valley weekly honor.

Missouri State traveled to West Lafayette, Ind. this weekend to face some of the top teams in the country, going up against the likes No. 17 Louisville and No. 20 Purdue, along with Utah, Southern Illinois and Cincinnati.

Junior Renata Sander started the invite off with a 13th-place finish in the 200 IM (2:05.78). She shaved more than three seconds off to make the B-Final and overtakes SIU's Hannah Pinion for the top spot in the MVC rankings.

To cap off the first day, the junior helped the Bears' 400 medley relay (3:48.85) drop nearly four seconds from its previous season best and furthered the Bears top time in the conference. Missouri State's time is 7.21 seconds faster than Illinois State in second.

As the No. 2 seed in the 100 breast championship finals, Sander jumped out to an early lead in Saturday's evening finals and didn't look back. The Belo Horizonte, Brazil native raced to an individual title and broke her own MSU record by one hundredth (1:02.34). In addition, she achieved the NCAA `B' standard in the event and moved up to 41st in the national rankings.

Again boosting the Bears' relays, Sander had the third-fastest breaststroke split in the 200 medley to help guide MSU to a third-place finish and an MVC-best time of 1:45.33.

The 2012 MVC Swimmer of the Year concluded the Purdue Invitational with another top-three finish in the 200 breast. She placed third in the event with a time of 2:16.19 and was just two-tenths of a second away from picking up her second NCAA `B' cut in as many days. Sander holds the MVC top time by more than five seconds.



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