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Erin Merkle
Erin  Merkle


York, Pa.

High School:
York Suburban





Sixteen Wildcats Named to All-BIG EAST Swim Team

Kaisla Kollanus, the BIG EAST Women's Most Outstanding Swimmer, leads way for Wildcats with seven top-three finishes


Eighteen Wildcats Named to 2014 All-BIG EAST Team

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


Wildcat Women Win BIG EAST Championship

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


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

Jurek earns third and fourth gold medals of championship


Wildcat Swim Teams Sweep Providence

Men and women combine for 20 top finishes

Top Times:
50 Freestyle -- 25.07 (2015 Big Al Open)
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 Breaststroke -- 1:14.22 (2015 vs. Richmond)
200 Breaststroke -- 2:41.97 (1/20/17 vs. Richmond) 
100 Butterfly -- 59.04 (2015, Big Al Open)
200 Butterfly -- 2:04.21 (2014 BIG EAST Championships)
200 IM -- 2:13.45 (2016, PSU)
400 IM -- 4:27.56 (2016 BIG EAST Championships)

2016-17: Competed in the freestyle, breaststroke, butterfly and IM events during the season…Swam in three events at the BIG EAST Championships…Finished in eighth place in the 500-yard freestyle at the meet with a time of 5:00.29…Also placed eighth in the 200-yard butterfly, touching the wall at 2:06.56…Had a seventh-place finish in the 400-yard IM at the meet with a time of 4:29.33.

2015-16: Swam in all 10 meets on the year...Competed in the 500 and 1650 freestyle at the 2016 BIG EAST Championships along with the 400 IM...Owned the fourth best program time in the 500 free at 4:55.26 at the BIG EAST Championships...Had the third best 1000 free time of 10:24.51 this season and third best 1,650 free time of 16:59.46 at the BIG EAST championships. 

2014-15: Named to the 2015 All-BIG EAST Team with her third-place finish in the 1650 freestyle (16:58.91) at the BIG EAST Championships ... Also came in fourth in the 500 freestyle and fifth in the 200 butterfly at the conference championships ... Swam in all 11 meets on the year ... Competed at the Winter National Championships in Greensboro, N.C. in December 2014 ... Primarily swam the 500 and 1000 freestyle while also swimming in the 1650 freestyle ... Swam in 33 events on the year with 17 top-five finishes.

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.