MSU Names Outstanding Female Athlete, Wynn Award Recipients

Outstanding Female Athlete Award
Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Award

SPRINGFIELD — A pair of standouts from the women’s swimming and diving team are the recipients of the 2022 Missouri State Outstanding Female Athlete Award and Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Scholar-Athlete Award as announced by MSU Athletics on Thursday (June 16).

NCAA qualifier Anna Miller (St. Louis, Mo.) was voted as the recipient of the Outstanding Female Athlete Award, while Hailey Rissinger (Fayetteville, Ark.) is the winner of the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Scholar-Athlete Award.

First presented in 1981, the MSU Outstanding Female Athlete Award is presented annually to the university’s top female athletic performer, as voted by the head coaches of the university’s 11 women’s intercollegiate programs.

Other finalists for the 2020-21 Outstanding Female Athlete Award were: Brice Calip (basketball), Abby Cavaiani (golf), Edna Dar (cross country), Steffany Dickerson (softball), Madison Meredith (track & field) and Grace O’Keefe (soccer).

This season, Miller competed at the NCAA Championships in Atlanta in the 100-yard freestyle, becoming the Bears’ first-ever women’s NCAA national qualifier. In addition to holding school records in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly, Miller dominated at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships in her career, racking up 27 gold medals at the conference meet, including 11 individual titles.

Miller is the fifth MSU swimmer to earn the MSU Outstanding Female Athlete Award distinction, joining former honorees Courtney Phillips (2003), Jordan Hawkins (2009), Chelsea Dirks-Ham (2011) and Renata Sander (2014).

A two-time All-MVC diver, Rissinger earns the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Scholar-Athlete Award, presented annually to the graduating active female senior student-athlete(s) with the highest grade-point average. 

The award is named in honor of the late Missouri State educator, coach and athletics administrator, Dr. Mary Jo Wynn, who became the first female to be named as a Missouri Sports Legend by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

Rissinger, who also landed on the MVC Honor Roll in 2021 and 2022, graduated in August (2021) with a 4.00 grade-point average and an undergraduate degree in Sports Management. She was part of two MVC championship teams during her two seasons with the Bears. She is the third swimming and diving team member to earn the Wynn Award in the last six years and the seventh Wynn Award honoree from her sport, joining Erica Adams (2002), Cara Belcher (2009), Chelsea Ray (2010), Katharina Voelkel (2011), Shawna Elsey (2017) and Allee Armitage (2021).

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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
        2012 – Casey Garrison, basketball
        2013 – Nia Williams, soccer
        2014 – Renata Sander, swimming & diving
        2015 – Lily Johnson, volleyball / Kenzie Williams, basketball
        2016 – Lily Johnson, volleyball
        2017 – Lily Johnson, volleyball
        2018 – Lily Johnson, volleyball
        2019 – Danielle Gitzen, basketball
        2020 – Alexa Willard, basketball
        2021 – Brice Calip, basketball
        2022 – Anna Miller, swimming & diving

Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Senior Female Scholar-Athlete Award Recipients

        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 & diving
        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
        2015 – Andrea Beaty, volleyball
        2016 – Molly Brewer, soccer / Jessi Pope, field hockey
        2017 – Laura Ketzer, soccer / Shawna Elsey, swimming & diving
        2018 – Brianne Dixon, volleyball
        2019 – Ashley Childers, golf
        2020 – Kaitlin Maxwell, soccer
        2021 – Allee Armitage, swimming & diving / Jasmine Crawford, track
        2022 – Hailey Rissinger, swimming & diving

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