Follow this live blog for updates throughout the week as the women's swimming and diving team competes at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships in Columbia, Missouri.
Saturday, Feb. 22, 9:00 p.m.
MSU accumulated 10 first-place finishes, broke three records and had two swimmers make NCAA “B” cut times en route to winning its fourth consecutive MVC title.
MSU took home its sixteenth overall MVC title, scoring 826.50 total points. This is the first time in two years the Bears have scored more than 800 points.
Day 4 of the championships started with Howell winning the 1,650 free with a time of 16:44.16. This marks her fourth title of the meet. MSU also swept the top four spots in the 1,650 free with freshman Samantha Hietpas, Beahan and Thorson placing 2-3-4.
Miller added to her list of first-place finishes, claiming the top spot in the 100 free. Her time of 49.28 qualifies as an NCAA B cut time. She also recorded an NCAA B cut time in the 50 free on Thursday.
Puleo also made an NCAA B cut time, just barely edging out Northern Iowa’s Mariah Ross to win the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:13.92.
Yarbrough (284.20) and Popa (257.10) improved one spot from their Thursday night finishes, placing third and fourth on the 3-meter board.
MSU capped off the meet with yet another first-place finish. The quartet of Thorson, Howell, Amelung and Miller placed first in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:23.24.
The all-conference honorable mention and first-team members were announced after the competition concluded.
Honorable mention members placed fourth through eighth in their event or were part of a second-place relay team.
Allegri, Allen, Avila, junior Madison Brown, Fischer and Popa were recognized as members of the honorable mention team.
First-team members place first through third in their events or were part of a winning relay team.
Amelung, Beahan, Hietpas, Howell, Miller, Puleo, Radloff, Southward, Thorson, Yarbrough and the Zubina sisters were recognized as first-team members.
Head coach Dave Collins was also recognized as the MVC Swimming Coach of the Year.
Friday, Feb. 21, 8:20 p.m.
Tonight was another successful night for MSU. They claimed two more top placements and had top-three finishes in every pool event.
Anna Miller continued her dominant tournament run with yet another top finish, this time in the 100 butterfly. This marks Miller’s second individual title and her fourth overall.
Libby Howell also continued her successful conference showing by setting a new meet record in the 200 free with a time of 1:47.31. It was her first individual MVC Championship record and her third first-place finish.
MSU had three second-place finishes on Friday. Radloff was the runner up in the 400 IM with a time of 4:19.83 and freshman Alessia Puleo placed second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:02.71.
Southward, Puleo, Allen and Howell capped off the night with a second place finish in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:43.53.
Northern Iowa held second place for a majority of the relay, but Howell passed them in the final 100 yards.
The only event MSU has finished outside of the top-two spots was the 100 backstroke — Southward finished third, Allegri fifth and sophomore Kellie Fischer sixth.
Over the first three days, MSU totaled 546.50 points and holds a thirty point lead over Southern Illinois.
The fourth and final day of the MVC Championships begins Saturday with prelims at 11 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 21, 2:00 p.m.
Thursday was another eventful one for the Bears, racking up their second Missouri Valley Conference Championship record in as many days.
Anna Miller has been a part of both of the new records. She was a part of the record-breaking 800 free group, and now she has an individual record in the 50 free with a first-place time of 22.51.
Her record-setting teammate Howell also snagged a top finish for MSU in the 500 free, clocking in at 4:48.35. Beahan and Thorson completed the podium sweep placing in second and third with times of 4:53.23 and 4:53.43, respectively.
Miller joined by the freshman trio of Hannah Amelung and the Zubina sisters finished first in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:32.38.
Sophomore Sydney Randolph was the last Bear to find the podium for Thursday’s swimming events, placing third in the 200 individual medley. Freshman Ellie Southward placed ninth, and senior Haley Allen placed 12th to round out the scoring for MSU.
Three divers also found themselves on the podium Thursday night. Junior Ashley Yarbrough, sophomore Adriana Avila and junior Dyana Popa claimed the 4-5-6 spots to end the night.
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m.
MSU earned medals in both meets today, winning the 800 free in record fashion.
The Bears found themselves behind in the first leg, hovering between second and third place, but that all changed when junior Anna Miller got in the water.
Miller propelled MSU from barely medaling to winning the event and setting a meet record.
Her fellow swimmers held and expanded their leads in the later stages.
The group of Miller, junior Libby Howell, sophomore Alex Thorson and freshman Grace Beahan set the meet record with a time of 7:16:33.
Preliminary rounds begin tomorrow at 11 a.m. starting with the 500 frees.
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 6:22 p.m.
The first day of the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Championships is underway this evening with Missouri State looking to take its fourth straight and 15th overall MVC title.
MSU enters the championships as the favorite to win, tallying seven first-place votes. The Bears also hold six top times in the MVC as well as the top times in all freestyle events.
The group of senior Sara Allegri, freshmen Ulyana and Yuliana Zubina, and junior Anna Miller captured second place for the Bears in the 200-yard freestyle medley to start the evening.