Southwest Missouri State had a successful year in athletics, and has a title to prove it. For the first time in ten years as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, SMS has captured the league’s all-sports title. The Bears’ 19 athletic teams had an average finish of 3.47 in the MVC. SMS won championships in men’s soccer, men’s swimming, and women’s indoor track, and finished second in men’s basketball, women’s golf, men’s golf, and women’s outdoor track. SMS competes in more sports than any other school in the conference.