Villanova senior student-athletes were honored at the Connelly Center on Thursday night
Kaisla Kollanus, the BIG EAST Women's Most Outstanding Swimmer, leads way for Wildcats with seven top-three finishes
A look at Villanova senior swimmer Katrin Heider
Six Wildcats chosen to Academic Team
Kollanus, Jurek each earned seven top-3 finishes at conference championships
50 Freestyle - 23.40 (2012 BIG EAST Championship, prelims)
100 Freestyle - 50.36 (2014 BIG EAST Championships)
200 Freestyle - 1:48.06 (2012 BIG EAST Championships)
2014-15: Named the 2014-15 Villanova Female Senior Student-Athlete of the Year … Named to the 2015 All-BIG EAST Team with four top-three finishes at the BIG EAST Championships … Finished third in the 200 freestyle (1:48.88) and swam legs in three relay victories including the 200 freestyle relay (1:32.61), 400 freestyle relay (3:22.35) and 800 freestyle relay (7:18.18) … Swam in five total events at the BIG EAST Championships … Named to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Swimming and Diving Team … Swam in all 11 meets on the campaign … Primarily swam in freestyle events including the 50, 100, 200 individually and the 200 and 400 relays, occasionally swam in the freestyle portions of the 200 and 400 medley relays … Competed at the Winter National Championships in Greensboro, N.C. in December 2014, swimming in two preliminary events and two finals events … Swam in a total of 56 events which included 32 top-5 finishes … Won 10 events on the year, nine of which were relay events and one individually, the 200 freestyle against Richmond (Jan. 30, 2015) … Also had five second-place finishes and 12 fourth and fifth-place marks.
2013-14: Named to the All-BIG EAST Team ... Named as the BIG EAST Women's Swimming and Diving 2013-14 Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award winner, an award that recognizes academic, athletic and community service achievements ... Competed in six events at the BIG EAST Championship; won the 100 freestyle (50.36) and 200 freestyle (1:49.29), finished tied for third in the 50 freestyle (23.65) and swam legs in the 200 freestyle relay (1:33.09), 400 freestyle relay (3:23.12) and 800 freestyle relay (7:16.29) wins 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 400 freestyle relay (3:39.20) win at Pittsburgh ... Won the 200 freestyle (1:54.84) and placed second in the 100 freestyle (52.86) at home against Providence ... Won the 100 freestyle (51.89) and anchored the 200 freestyle relay (1:37.47) win at home versus Penn State ... Finished second in the 200 freestyle (1:52.22) and swam a leg in the 200 freestyle relay (1:37.28) win at NC State ... Placed third in the 200 freestyle (1:51.22) and swam legs in the first-place 800 freestyle relay (7:31.03) finish and in the second-place 400 freestyle relay (3:29.81) finish at the Frank Elm Invitation against Army, Drexel, Wagner, West Chester and host school, Rutgers ... Won the 200 freestyle (1:52.20), finished third in the 100 freestyle (52.67), third in 500 freestyle (5:07.22), fourth in the 50 freestyle (24.72) and swam a leg in the second-place 200 freestyle relay (1:37.08) finish in the Rutgers Quad Meet against Georgetown, Seton Hall and Rutgers ... Placed second in the 500 freestyle (5:08.09), fourth in the 50 freestyle (24.74) and swam a leg in the first-place 400 freestyle relay (3:30.97) finish at Connecticut ... Finished second in the 200 freestyle (1:53.78), anchored the 200 freestyle relay (1:38.10) third-place finish and swam legs in the both the first-place 800 freestyle relay (7:35.60) and second-place 400 freestyle relay (3:31.24) finishes at the WVU Invite against Cincinnati, James Madison and West Virginia ... Won the 100 freestyle (53.40) and 200 freestyle (1:52.81) events, earned second in the 50 butterfly (24.63) and swam a leg in the first-place 200 freestyle relay (1:36.82) finish in Villanova's victory at La Salle.
2012-13: Competed in seven events at the BIG EAST Championship, including 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay and 800 freestyle relay ... Finished second in the 200 freestyle and first in the 400 freestyle against Richmond ... Earned first in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay against Pitt ... Placed first in the 200 freestyle relay, 400 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay and third in the 100 freestyle at the Frank Elm Invite ... Placed first in the 200 freestyle relay and third in the 500 freestyle against Penn State ... Finished second in the 200 freestyle against James Madison and West Virginia.
2011-12: Competed at the BIG EAST Championships in the 50 free, 100 free and 200 free ... Registered a fourth-place finish in the 200 free and touched the wall at a personal-best time of 1:48.06 ... Secured 12th place in the 100 and 50 free and also notched personal-best times at the conference meet... Swam at least once in five different individual races ... Excelled at the Connecticut/Georgetown/Rutgers quad-meet where she had two first-place finishes in the 100 free and 200 free, a second-place finish in the 50 free and a fourth-place finish in the 100 fly ... Earned fourth place in the 200 free at the Princeton Invitational ... Finished 3rd in the 100 free at the Maryland/Pittsburgh/Richmond quad-meet ... RELAYS: Anchored Villanova's fifth place 200 freestyle relay team in the BIG EAST Championships ... Competed on the 4th place 400 freestyle relay team in the conference meet ... Anchored the Wildcats' second place 800 freestyle relay team at the Championships ... Also swam a leg of both the 6th place (tie) 200 medley relay and 4th place medley relay teams in the BIG EAST Championships.
Herkenrath High School: Member of the Club of German Mathematics in her senior year ... Coached by Stefan Koch.
Personal: Born Jan. 27, 1992 ... Oldest of two children of Wolfgang and Ute Heider ... Brother is Felix (18) ... Brother is part of the TPSK Swim Club ... Chose to attend Villanova for the University's outstanding reputation in academics ... Enjoys meeting new friends ... Majoring in Biology ... Aspirations to work in cancer research.