SHUPirates.com Athlete of the Week (November 20, 2012)
Kerrie Kolackovsky, Women's Swimming & Diving
In the final competition of 2012, the women’s swimming & diving team was once again led by Kerrie Kolackovsky (Franklin Square, N.Y.). In a Patriot Invitational field that featured student-athletes from nine other schools, Kolackovsky registered two individual wins in the breaststroke to go with a pair of top-three finishes in individual medley competition.
Her performance in the 100-yard breaststroke was one of the most memorable moments of the weekend as in victory; she broke her own previous school record in the event with a time of 1:04.05. In the 200-breast, she held off a surge from Richmond’s Mali Kobelja, last year’s Atlantic-10 Championship Most Outstanding Performer and UR’s school record holder in the event, to complete the sweep.
The Franklin Square native heads into the winter break with a team-high 11 wins and a top-three time in all of the swims in which her time has counted towards the team score.
Kolackovsky was less than two tenths of a second away from adding a fourth individual Seton Hall record to her résumé in the 200-IM, earning third place points with a time of 2:05.03 in the championship heat. She also finished third in the 400-IM, posting the team’s fastest time of the year in the event during the final (4:27.01).
The junior contributed in more ways than one over the three-day competition, playing a role in several of The Hall’s largest scoring outputs. In relay competition, she was a member of SHU’s top team in four out of five events.
With the first two months of the season in the books, Kolackovsky leads a list of 19 team members who have qualified for the BIG EAST Championship meet with automatic qualifying marks in seven different events.
For the second time this season, Kerrie Kolackovsky is the SHUPirates.com Athlete of the Week.
She was previously honored after taking home two wins and three top-three finishes from a Seton Hall sweep at the Loyola (MD) Quad Meet (October 27). Due in large part to that effort, the Pirates remain unbeaten through their first seven dual meets of 2012-13.