SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - The Seton Hall University women's swimming team will send 15 student-athletes to the 2012 BIG EAST Swimming Championships when the four-day meet gets underway this Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 15-18, at the Trees Pool on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, pa.
The Pirates finished ninth at last year's conference championship meet for their best finish since the 2005 BIG EAST meet.
This year Seton Hall has seen 15 swimmers meet 2012 BIG EAST Championship automatic qualifying marks, led by junior Andrea Shuba (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and sophomores Kerrie Kolackovsky (Franklin Square, N.Y.) and Jane Ehret (Florida, N.Y.) who have six BIG EAST ‘A' cuts apiece.
Kolackovsky ranks in the top-20 in the conference in two events, the 1,650-yard freestyle and the 200-yard breaststroke. Her school-record breaking time of 16:55.80 in the 1,650-freestyle stands as the 12th-best time in the BIG EAST this year, and she ranks 19th overall in the 200-yard breaststroke with a season-best time of 2:20.48.
Ehret's season-best mark of 2:03.91 in the 200-yard butterfly places her 12th in the BIG EAST, and she is just outside of the top-20 at No. 22 in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:29.20.
Shuba nearly set a school record with her season-best time of 2:04.50 in the 200-yard backstroke, which stands at 17th in the conference this year, and senior Rose Virgilio (Bloomingburg, N.Y.) posted the 19th-fastest time in the 50-yard freestyle, a mark of 24.15.
The 2012 BIG EAST Swimming Championships will get underway on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m. Slated for Wednesday night are the finals for the 800-yard freestyle relay and the 200-yard medley relay.