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Erin Merkle

Player Profile
Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
York, Pa.

High School:
York Suburban

Height:
5-6

Event:
Butterfly/Freestyle/Backstroke

Birthdate:
05/15/1995

02/27/2014

Eighteen Wildcats Named to 2014 All-BIG EAST Team

Kollanus, Jurek each earned seven top-3 finishes at conference championships

02/22/2014

Wildcat Women Win BIG EAST Championship

Hardie named Most Outstanding Swimmer while head coach Rick Simpson named Women's Coach of the Year

02/21/2014

Villanova Women Take Lead on Day Two of BIG EAST Swimming Championships

Jurek earns third and fourth gold medals of championship

01/18/2014

Wildcat Swim Teams Sweep Providence

Men and women combine for 20 top finishes

01/17/2014

Wildcats Fall to Ranked Penn State Teams

Villanova places well in relays

Last Modified 9/29/2014

Top Times:
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.

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