NEW YORK - Twelve women and four men from the Villanova swimming teams were named to the 2015 All-BIG EAST Team on Thursday afternoon. The news came via a BIG EAST Conference press release.
The Villanova women led the BIG EAST with 12 selections which included freshman Olivia Cacciatore, freshman Gabby Daigneault, freshman Caitlin Daday, freshman Heather Farley, junior Fiona Hardie, senior Katrin Heider, senior Sara Jurek, junior Kaisla Kollanus, sophomore Emily Mayo, sophomore Erin Merkle, freshman Mackenzie Niness and sophomore Jessica Randolph, who all received conference honors this year.
Kollanus was also named the Women's Most Outstanding Swimmer of the 2015 BIG EAST Championships at the conclusion of the event last Saturday.
For the men, freshman Joe Moleski, senior Jason Moyer, sophomore Mike Rodriguez and senior Chris Tamanini were named to the All-BIG EAST Men's Team for their third-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay.
The Wildcat women broke four program records and tied another at the conference championships. Kaisla Kollanus tied a 1993 mark in the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.97 and broke the 100 freestyle record with a time of 49.67. Fiona Hardie also set an individual program record with a time of 54.14 in the 100 butterfly.
The women set two new Villanova benchmarks in the 400 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay as well. Jessica Randolph, Katrin Heider, Sara Jurek and Kaisla Kollanus turned in a time of 3:22.35 in the 400 freestyle relay to set a new Wildcat record. Gabby Daigneault, Jessica Randolph, Fiona Hardie and Kaisla Kollanus broke the 200 medley relay program record with a new time of 1:42.06.
In total, 41 women and 41 men made the All-BIG EAST Team.
The 2015 All-BIG EAST Team is comprised of swimmers and divers who finished in the top three in any individual or relay event at this year's BIG EAST Championships in Ithaca, N.Y.
Twelve Villanova Women named All-BIG EAST
Olivia Cacciatore (1 | 200 Breaststroke)
Gabby Daigneault (3 | 200 Individual Medley, 200 Medley Relay, 400 Medley Relay)
Caitlin Daday (3 | 500 Freestyle, 1650 Freestyle, 400 Individual Medley)
Heather Farley (1 | 400 Medley Relay)
Fiona Hardie (6 | 100 Butterfly, 200 Butterfly, 200 Individual Medley, 200 Freestyle Relay, 200 Medley Relay, 400 Medley Relay)
Katrin Heider (4 | 200 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle Relay, 400 Freestyle Relay, 800 Freestyle Relay)
Sara Jurek (5 | 100 Freestyle, 200 Individual Medley, 200 Freestyle Relay, 400 Freestyle Relay, 800 Freestyle Relay)
Kaisla Kollanus (7 | 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle Relay, 400 Freestyle Relay, 200 Medley Relay, 400 Medley Relay)
Emily Mayo (4 | 200 Freestyle, 500 Freestyle, 1650 Freestyle, 800 Freestyle Relay)
Erin Merkle (1 | 1650 Freestyle)
Mackenzie Niness (2 | 100 Butterfly, 200 Butterfly)
Jessica Randolph (4 | 400 Individual Medley, 400 Freestyle Relay, 800 Freestyle Relay, 200 Medley Relay)
Women's Coach of the Year: Rick Simpson, Villanova
Women's Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet: Kaisla Kollanus, Villanova
Women's Most Outstanding Diver of the Meet: Gabby Signorelli, Seton Hall
Men's Co-Coach of the Year: Jamie Holder, Georgetown; Brent MacDonald, Xavier
Men's Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet: Nick Foster, Xavier
Men's Most Outstanding Diver of the Meet: Ben Mitchell, Seton Hall
Women's & Men's Diving Coach of the Year: Peter DeNoble, Seton Hall