Six Wildcats chosen to Academic Team
Kollanus, Jurek each earned seven top-3 finishes at conference championships
Hardie named Most Outstanding Swimmer while head coach Rick Simpson named Women's Coach of the Year
Women continue to build first-place lead
Jurek earns third and fourth gold medals of championship
2012-13: Competed in seven events at the BIG EAST Championship, including 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly, 200 IM, 400 IM, 400 freestyle relay, 800 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay ... Member of the squad that beat a 16-year old school record in the BIG EAST conference championships ... Finished first in the 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly and 200 IM, as well as second in the 400 IM against Seton Hall and Georgetown ... Placed second in the 200 butterfly and third in the 100 butterfly against William and Mary ... Earned third place in the 200 butterfly and second in the 200 medley relay against Pitt ... Anchored the winning 400 medley relay team against Providence ... Placed second in the 200 butterfly at the Frank Elm Invite ... Swam a leg of the winning 200 freestyle relay and placed first in the 100 butterfly against West Virginia ... Finished first in the 100 and 200 butterfly against La Salle.
2011-12: Competed and registered top times at the BIG EAST Championships where he finished 18th in the 100 butterfly (50.73), 15th in the 200 butterfly (1:51.84) and 24th in the 200 individual medley (1:54.47) ... His time of 1:51.41 in the 200 fly preliminaries and 1:54.47 in the 200 IM at the conference meet were Wildcat-fastest times this season ... Swam a leg of the 800 freestyle relay that placed eighth in the conference meet ... Placed first in the 200 individual medley in the season opener against La Salle ... Notched a first-place finish in the 200 fly at the Connecticut/Georgetown triangular meet ... Touched the wall at 52.52 in the 100 fly for a first-place finish against Seton Hall ... Finished first in the 200 fly and 200 free against Providence.
2010-11: Recorded the fastest times on the team during the season in both the 200 yard butterfly and the 200 individual medley, while ranking second in the 100 fly and the 400 IM ... Competed at the BIG EAST Championships in the 100 and 200 fly, where he registered personal best times in both events ... Swam the 100 fly in 51.64 at the conference meet and touched the wall in 1:54.34 in the 200 fly ... Registered season best times in the 200 IM and the 400 IM at the Terrapin Cup Invitational, with marks of 1:58.55 and 4:14.37, respectively ... Tallied second place finishes in the 200 fly in the season opener against La Salle and Syracuse, as well as in a later dual meet versus Boston University ... Also finished second in the 100 fly against Seton Hall ... Won the 100 fly (52.79) at the BIG EAST Last Chance Invitational; RELAYS: Swam on the first place 200 yard medley relay and the runner-up 400 medley relay against Connecticut and Georgetown, swimming the third leg of each relay.
Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School: Finished in the top 10 in the New England Championships in both the 100 yard butterfly and the 400 individual medley while swimming for Shawmut Aquatics Club ... Was named the club's Most Improved Swimmer for 2009-10.
Personal: Born 2/10/92 in Bedford, Texas ... Oldest of three children of Brian and Jeanne Smith ... Has two younger siblings, Katie (17) and Nicholas (15) ... Hobbies include juggling ... Chose to attend Villanova for the combination of the swim team and the University's academic reputation ... Majoring in Computer Science.