SDSU record 72 S-As earn MW spring academic honors
SAN DIEGO STATE 2015-16
Earned all-Mountain West accolades as a member of SDSU’s 200 medley relay team at the 2016 conference championships … Swam the opening leg of that race that finished with a time of 1:39.25 … That mark ranks as the fourth-fastest in program history … Turned in personal season-best times in her three main events during that meet as well … Went 55.02 in the 100 backstroke, 2:01.94 in the 200 backstroke and 55.81 in the 100 butterfly … Member of the 2016 Mountain West All-Academic Team.
SAN DIEGO STATE 2014-15
Redshirted as a sophomore during the 2014-15 campaign due to injury ... Only competed in the season-opening pentathlon vs. University of San Diego ... At that meet swam the 50 freestyle (25.73), 100 freestyle (54.13), 100 backstroke (59.85), 100 breaststroke (1:09.39) and 100 butterfly (59.38).
SAN DIEGO STATE 2013-14
Turned in three marks during her freshman campaign that entered the SDSU record book among the all-time top 10s ... All three marks came at the 2014 Mountain West championships ... Her time of 54.53 in the 100 butterfly ranks fourth in the Aztec Top 10 ... The other two times were in the 100 backstroke (54.76 - third) and 200 backstroke (1:58.86 - seventh) ... During the season registered one first-place, one second-place and five third-place finishes in individual races ... Her first-place came in the 100 backstroke when she won the event in 57.91 during the meet vs. Air Force and UC San Diego on Dec. 30 ... Captured second place in the 50 backstroke (27.18) at TCU on Nov. 1 ... Member of the 2014 Mountain West All-Academic Team.
Was as a varsity swimmer for three seasons at Chaparral high school in Temecula, Calif. ... Coached there by Craig Winger ... Was a four-time CIF champion during her high school career ... Was named an NISCA Al-American in the 100 backstroke ... Won the 100 back at the 2013 CIF Division 2 Championships with a time of 55.78 .. Also took third in the 100 freestyle in 51.47 ... Was a member of the 200 medley relay team that finished second with a mark of 1:48.01 ... Also was on the eighth-place 800 free relay team (3:39.29) ... At the 2012 CIF section championships she captured first in the 100 freestyle (51.49) and 100 backstroke (56.31) ... During the 2012 campaign she set school records in the 50 and 100 free, 100 back and 100 fly and she currently holds school records in every race ... Named a 2011-12 NISCA/Speedo Girls High School Swimming All-American in the 100 fly and 100 backstroke ... Earned Scholastic Al-America honors and was a member of the California Scholastic Federation ... Honor roll student.
Competed for the Pacific Swim Club where she was named to the 2011 Southern California Swimming Pacific Coast All-Star Team.
Katherine Santilena was born Jan. 2, 1995, in San Diego, Calif. ... Daughter of Dave and Karen Santilena ... Enjoys baking and cooking ... Was also recruited by Florida, Arkansas, Boise State and Florida Gulf coast ... A kinesiology major at SDSU with career plans as a physical therapist.