Senior Ben Smith and junior Katrin Heider of the Villanova men's and women's swimming & diving teams were named the 2014 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Performers of the Year, as announced Tuesday afternoon.
After earning BIG EAST Co-Most Outstanding Swimmer honors and winning the conference championship with the women's swimming & diving team, Fiona Hardie was named February's Student-Athlete of the Month, as announced by the Office of Academic Support for Athletics Friday.
Twelve women and six men from the Villanova swimming & diving teams were named to the All-BIG EAST squad thanks to their performances in the conference championships over the past two weeks, the BIG EAST announced Thursday afternoon.
The Villanova women's swimming & diving team won three events on the final day of the BIG EAST Conference Championship on the way to winning the conference title Saturday evening. Smith earned his second individual title while the men's team placed fourth.
Ben Smith broke a 25-year-old Villanova record and the women's team won four of six events on the third day of the BIG EAST Conference Swimming Championships on Friday.