Kaisla Kollanus, the BIG EAST Women's Most Outstanding Swimmer, leads way for Wildcats with seven top-three finishes
Top Times: 50 Freestyle -- 29.42 (2/23/17 at the BIG EAST Championships) 100 Breaststroke -- 1:02.46 (2/24/17 at the BIG EAST Championships) 200 Breaststroke -- 2:14.50 (2/25/17 at the BIG EAST Championships) 200 IM -- 2:17.64 (2015 Big Al Open)
2016-17: Named to the All-BIG EAST Team for her performances in the 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard medley and 400-yard medley relay teams at the BIG EAST Championships…Helped the winning 200-yard and 400-yard medley relay teams at the meet set school records…Swam in three events at the BIG EAST Championships…Competed in the 50-yard freestyle, setting a lifetime-best time of 29.42…Placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke at the meet with a NCAA “B” cut time of 1:02.60 (1:02.46)…Also finished in second place in the 200-yard breaststroke with a NCAA “B” cut time of 2:14.50.
2015-16: Swam in two events at the conference championships (100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke) ... Swam in all 10 meets on the year ... Primarily swam in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes and the breaststroke portions of the 200 and 400 medley relays...Owned the second best time in the 200 breast this season at 2:19.17.
2014-15: Named to the 2015 All-BIG EAST Team with a third-place finish in the 400 medley relay (3:44.36) at the BIG EAST Championships... Swam in three events at the conference championships (400 medley relay, 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke) ... Swam in all 11 meets on the year ... Primarily swam in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes and the breaststroke portions of the 200 and 400 medley relays ... Had 22 top-five finishes on the year; 12 individual and 10 from relays ... Owned the team's top time of the season in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.85) ... Won three events, all relays ... Finished second in the 100 breaststroke three times against La Salle, Connecticut and West Virginia over a weekend in October.
Convent of the Visitation: A four-year letterwinner in swimming under Coach Nate Linschied ... Primarily swam the Breaststroke events ... Captained her swim team for two years ... Also lettered all four years, while serving as a captain for two, in softball as a pitcher ... Named All-Conference in swimming in 2011, 2012 and 2013 ... All-State in 2012 and 2013 ... All-American in the 100 Breaststroke in 2013 and the 100 Breaststroke and 200 Medley Relay in 2013 ... Named the most dedicated swimmer of her team in 2013 ... Also swam club for Blackline Aquatics ... Personal high school bests of 28.64 in the 50 Breaststroke, 1:02.79 in the 100 Breaststroke and 2:23.07 in the 200 Breaststroke.
Personal: Born on June 27, 1996 in Ames, Iowa to Michael and Julie ... Has one younger sister, Mary ... Attended the Convent of the Visitation in Mendota Heights, Minn. for high school ... Enrolled in the Villanova School of Business ... Chose Villanova for the community atmosphere and dedicated coaching staff, along with the balance of academic and athletic excellence.