Women sweep 200 IM; Ben Smith earns two first-place finishes
100 Backstroke - 51.78 (2011 BIG EAST Championships)
200 Backstroke - 1:51.15 (2013 BIG EAST Championships)
100 Butterfly - 51.76 (2012 BIG EAST Championships)
50 Freestyle - 21.69 (2010 Terrapin Cup Invitational)
100 Freestyle - 47.80 (vs. Providence)
2013-14: Competed in six events at the BIG EAST Championship including the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 200 IM, 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay; anchored the fourth-place 200 medley relay (1:33.34) finish in Sewell, N.J. for a fourth-place overall finish in the conference tournament ... Swam a leg in the 400 freestyle relay (3:17.87) win at Pittsburgh ... Won the 200 backstroke (1:57.31) and finished second in the 50 freestyle (22.21) at home against Providence ... Swam a leg in the 200 freestyle relay (1:28.16) win at home versus Penn State ... Placed second in the 200 backstroke (1:56.26), second in the 100 butterfly (54.79) and swam a leg in the 200 freestyle relay (1:27.96) win at NC State ... Finished fourth in the 200 backstroke (1:57.51) and swam a leg in the second-place 200 freestyle relay (1:27.34) finish in the Rutgers Quad Meet against Georgetown, Seton Hall and Rutgers ... Placed third in the 200 backstroke (1:58.02) and swam a leg in the third-place 400 freestyle relay (3:13.51) at Connecticut ... Swam a leg in the 800 freestyle relay (7:09.90) for a fourth-place finish at the WVU Invite against Cincinnati and West Virginia ... Tied for second in the 200 backstroke (1:59/93), earned a third-place finish in the 100 backstroke (55.70) and swam legs in the second-place 400 medley relay finish (3:36.78) and first in the 200 freestyle relay (1:30.01) at La Salle.
2012-13: Swam in six events at the BIG EAST Championship, including the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay ... Placed second in the 200 backstroke and first in the 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay against Seton Hall and Georgetown ... Earned first place in the 200 backstroke against William and Mary ... Placed second in 100 backstroke, second in the 200 medley relay and third in the 200 freestyle relay against Pitt ... Notched first in the 200 backstroke and 400 medley relay against Providence ... Earned first place in the 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle relay at Penn State ... Swam a leg of the first-place 200 freestyle relay team against West Virginia ... Finished second in the 200 backstroke against La Salle.
2011-12: Swam in six races at the BIG EAST Championships, including the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay and the 200 medley relay ... Finished 27th in the 100 fly and earned a new top time of 51.76 ... During the conference meet, his 200 free relay team finished eighth with a Wildcat season-best time of 1:23.67 and his 400 free relay finished seventh ... Notched a new top time against Providence in the 100 free (47.80) ... Tallied a first-place finish against Widener in the 100 free (48.30) ... Swam a leg of the 200 free realay that placed second at the Connecticut/Georgetown triangular meet.
2010-11: Established new personal bests in each of his events during the season, including three top times at the BIG EAST Championships ... His times of 51.78 and 1:52.18 in the 100 and 200 yard backstroke at the conference meet were both the fastest on the team for the season ... Also set a personal best of 52.37 in the 100 butterfly at the BIG EAST meet ... Notched a personal best time of 21.69 in the 50 freestyle at the Terrapin Cup Invitational ... In a dual meet against Seton Hall came in first in the 100 back (54.16) and second in the 200 back (2:00.23) ... Also won those two events while also finishing second in the 100 fly at the BIG EAST Last Chance Invitational ... Placed third in the 200 back versus La Salle and Syracuse in the season opener and third in the 100 fly against Connecticut and Georgetown; RELAYS: Anchored the Wildcats 400 yard freestyle relay entry at the BIG EAST Championships and also led off the 200 and 400 medley relays ... Helped lead the team to a season-best time of 3:29.26 in the 400 medley at the conference meet ... Was a part of the winning quartet in the 400 free relay and the 200 medley relay against Connecticut and Georgetown.
New Trier High School: Received four varsity letters in swimming and two in baseball ... Three-time all-conference selection who also earned all-state and All-America honors ... Named an NISCA Academic All-American.
Personal: Born 5/28/92 in Evanston, Ill. ... Oldest of four children of Doug and Debbie Grant ... Has three younger siblings, Lauren (18), Alex (15) and Michael (12) ... Majoring in Finance and Real Estate ... Chose to attend Villanova because of the swim team and the University's strong academic reputation ... Enjoys playing golf and sailing.