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Alicia Casillas

position

Backstroke/freestyle/mid-distance

Class

Redshirt Junior

Hometown

Merida, Spain

High School

Ortega y Gasset

Senior (2009-10)
Alicia Casillas did not compete during the 2009-10 season…

Junior (2008-09)
Alicia Casillas redshirted in her first season at the University of Miami due to transfer rules…

Before Miami
Transferred to Miami from the University of Kansas… An immediate factor for the Jayhawks as a freshman… Joined the Jayhawks for the second half of the 2006-07 campaign… Earned All-America honors at KU in 2006-07 and 2007-08… Finished the 1650-yard freestyle in 16:33.05, placed seventh and landed second on the Kansas all-time list… Also was second on the 2006-07 KU best times list… Placed 10th in the 500-yard freestyle at the Big 12 Championships (4:49.67), landing first on the 2006-07 KU top-five list in the event, as well as second on the Kansas all-time list… Finished 12th in the 200-yard freestyle at Big 12s with a time of 1:51.28 (third on the KU 2006-07 top-five list in the event)… Member of the 800-yard freestyle relay team that finished fifth at the Big 12 Championships with a time of 7:25.07–a Kansas season-best mark… Selected as an All-Academic performer for the Jayhawks in the Big 12 for two years…

High School/Prep
Swam under head coach Belen Fernandez at Ortega Y Gassett… Competed in the 500, 1000 and 1650-yard events… Academic excellence all four years… Professional swimmer Maria Pelaez attended the same school as she did…

Personal
Daughter of Manuel and Francisca Casillas… Has two siblings, brother Manuel (13) and sister Irene (22)… Majoring in Art at Miami…

Around the Pool with Casillas
Wants to become a photographer after graduation… Favorite sports teams are the Spanish National soccer and men’s basketball squads… Favorite athletes are Rafael Nadal and Maria Pelaez… Favorite actress is Penelope Cruz… Enjoys listening to jazz and Spanish music… Says her first impression of Miami was simply that she fell in love with it before she even attended the school officially…