Kaisla Kollanus, the BIG EAST Women's Most Outstanding Swimmer, leads way for Wildcats with seven top-three finishes
Top Times: 100 Breaststroke -- 1:05.28 (HS) 200 Breaststroke -- 2:18.03 (2/25/17 at the BIG EAST Championships) 200 IM -- 2:04.25 (2/23/17 at the BIG EAST Championships) 400 IM -- 4:26.56 (2/24/17 at the BIG EAST Championships)
2016-17: Swam in three individual events at the BIG EAST Championships…Placed fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:18.03…Had a sixth place finish in the 200 IM, touching the wall at 2:04.25…Finished in sixth place in the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:27.60 (4:26.56 in prelims)….Primarily competed in the breaststroke and IM events during the season.
2015-16: Named to the 2016 All-BIG EAST team...Finished third in the 200 breaststroke (2:18.83) at the BIG EAST Championships...Swam in 10 meets on the year ... Primarily raced in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes along with the 200 and 400 IM and the breaststroke portions of the 200 and 400 medley relays... Owned the team's top time of the season in the 200 breaststroke (2:18.83).
2014-15: Named to the 2015 All-BIG EAST team ... Finished second in the 200 breaststroke (2:20.38) at the BIG EAST Championships ... Swam in three events at the conference championships (100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke, 400 IM) ... Swam in 10 meets on the year ... Primarily raced in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes along with the 200 and 400 IM and the breaststroke portions of the 200 and 400 medley relays ... Owned the team's top time of the season in the 200 breaststroke (2:19.95) ... Had 22 top-five finishes on the year, 16 individual and six from relays ... Five top-three finishes in the 200 breaststroke.
Belvidere North High School: A four-year letterwinner in swimming under Traci Torbert ... Swam the Breaststroke ... Captain of her swim team during her final season ... Illinois All-State 100 Breaststroke winner in 2014 ... Named a Scholastic All-American Athlete during her junior and senior years ... Named the MVP during her freshman, sophomore and senior seasons ... Valedictorian of her senior class ... Selected as the Belvidere North High School ACE during her senior campaign ... Named to the High Honor Roll all four years ... Nic-10 Student Athlete throughout high school ... Personal high school bests of 1:05.28 in the 100 Breaststroke, 2:19.21 in the 200 Breaststroke and 57.38 in the 100 Butterfly.
Personal: Born on March 27, 1996 in Cherrypoint, N.C. to Anthony and Karen ... Sister to Lara, Anna and Joseph ... Local newspaper is the Rockford Register Star (Jay Taft) ... Attended Belvidere North High School in Belvidere, Ill. ... Majoring in Environmental Science at Villanova ... Hopes to become an environmental field researcher/scientist ... Chose Villanova for its academics and community.