"Why I Love Mizzou" (Video)
2012-13 (Senior):Earned All-America honorable mention honors in the 100 back at the NCAA Championships with a 15th place finish ... Also earned All-America honorable mention honors on four different relay teams at NCAAs: 200 free relay (12th), 400 free relay (14th), 200 medley relay (16th) and 400 medley relay (14th) ... Also competed in the 50 free at the Championships ... One of two Tigers to qualify for the meet in two different events ... Placed first in the B final of the 100 back and fifth in the B final in the 50 free at the SEC Championships ... Won 11 event titles during the year, including five in the 50 free, three in the 100 back, two in the 100 free and one in the 200 back ... Concluded her career second in Mizzou history in the 100 back (52.31) and 50 free (22.52), third in the 100 fly (52.84) and fourth in the 200 back (1:56.77) ... Named to the 2013 Winter SEC Academic Honor Roll.
2011-12 (Junior): Earned first team All-America honors as part of the 200 freestyle relay team that finished seventh at the NCAA Championships ... Also earned a honorable mention All-America honor as the 400 freestyle relay team finished 12th at the Championships ... Competed as an individual in the 100 back at NCAAs and finished 28th with a time of 53.43 ... Placed sixth in the 100 back (53.90) and seventh in the 200 back (2:00.91) at the Big 12 Championships ... Also part of the winning 200 freestyle relay at the Big 12 Championships that was the first Mizzou relay to ever win a Big 12 title ... Finished third in the 50 free against Minnesota ... Came in second in the 100 back (53.16) at the Mizzou Invite ... Placed second in the 100 back against Kansas and Missouri State ... Against Kentucky and SIU, earned a first-place finish in the 50 free and had second-place finishes in the 100 back and 100 fly ... Earned Academic All-Big 12 first team honors ... Competed in the 100 back at the U.S. Olympic Trials and finished 49th out of 162 competitors.
2010-11 (SOPHOMORE) - Invited to participate in the NCAA Championships in the 100 yard backstroke (53.01) and placed 23rd in the nation... at the Big 12 Championships placed 7th in the 50 yard freestyle and 9th in the 100 yard butterfly.
2009-10 (FRESHMAN) - Placed in her first Big 12 Championships... received third place in the consolation heat of the 100 back (55.51)... was a part of the 200 free relay team that shattered the school's previous record with their bronze medal (1:30.49)...
PERSONAL- Cassie Cunningham is the daughter of Rory and Sandra Cunningham ... has one brother, Ryan (27) ... majoring in hotel management ... aspires to own a hotel.
HIGH SCHOOL- Competed at the Texas State Championships in 2006 swimming in the 200 medley relay, 400 free relay and 100 back ... all-state and all- american in 2006 ... holds the Pflugerville High school record in the 100 back ... State Champion in the 200 medley relay, 2007 and 2006 ... 2007 took fourth place in the 100 back at the state championships ... swam for Aubrey Knapper of the Texas Gold.
Why did you choose Missouri?
I actually went out on a limb going to Missouri because it is so far from home (Austin, TX.) But I loved the team atmosphere and how much of a family the team was on my recruiting trip.
How has the program at Mizzou made you a better swimmer?
I think the program has taught me a lot about being a good person by being accountable for my actions. If I work hard in the pool, I get what I want and that can translate into everyday life.
What is your best memory with the team?
The best memory with the team is when I was a freshman and getting to meet the entire team in the first couple nights of being in town.
Favorite food:Fried chicken
What's on your iPod:Katy Perry, Lady GaGa, George Strait, Nickelback, Audioslave
Favorite sports star:Lance Armstrong
Favorite movie:The Departed
Quote to live by:"Livestrong"