Kaisla Kollanus, the BIG EAST Women's Most Outstanding Swimmer, leads way for Wildcats with seven top-three finishes
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
Jurek earns third and fourth gold medals of championship
Men and women combine for 20 top finishes
Last Modified 9/29/2014
50 Freestyle - 26.17 (2013, Rutgers Quad)
100 Freestyle - 54.35 (2013, La Salle)
200 Freestyle - 1:53.74 (2014 BIG EAST Championships)
500 Freestyle - 4:51.45 (2014 BIG EAST Championships)
1000 Freestyle - 10:11.17 (2014 BIG EAST Championships)
1650 Freestyle - 16:43.02 (2014 BIG EAST Championships)
100 Butterfly - 58.45 (2013, Big Al Open)
200 Butterfly - 2:04.21 (2014 BIG EAST Championships)
2013-14: Named to the All-BIG EAST Team ... Competed in three events at the BIG EAST Championship; won the 500 freestyle (4:51.45) and 1650 freestyle (16.43.02) and finished third in the 200 butterfly (2:05.46) in Swell, N.J. to help the Villanova women's swimming team win 14 out of 18 events to capture its first BIG EAST Championship since 1996 ... Swam a leg in the second-place 400 freestyle relay (3:41.77) finish at Pittsburgh ... Won the 1000 freestyle (10:43.25) and placed second in the 500 freestyle (5:17.31) at home against Providence ... Placed third in the 500 freestyle (5:16.00) at home versus Penn State ... Anchored the third-place 800 freestyle relay (7:28.02) finish at the Princeton Invitation against Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Rider, Yale and Princeton ... Finished third in 1000 freestyle (10:35.62) and fifth in the 500 freestyle (5:09.28) in the Rutgers Quad Meet against Georgetown, Seton Hall and Rutgers ... Placed second in the 1000 freestyle (10:36.77) at Connecticut ... Won the 200 butterfly (2:10.78) and placed second in the 500 freestyle (5:09.76) in Villanova's victory at La Salle for her first collegiate meet.
York Suburban: Earned four varsity letters in swimming, in addition to one in volleyball and two in track ... District Swimmer of the Year ... County, district and state champion ... Named to distinguished honor roll all four years ... National Honor Society member ... Academic All-American.
Personal: Born May 15, 1995 in York, Pa. ... Parents are Joseph and Michele Merkle ... Has an older brother, Joseph and a younger brother, Thomas ... Mother swam and ran track and cross country at Shippensburg ... Father played basketball at Ianisus and coach swimming at Shippensburg ... Hobbies include reading, coloring and ice cream ... Majoring in nursing.