Kate Smarjesse
Kate Smarjesse
Year: Senior
Hometown: Peoria, Ill.
High School: Notre Dame
Position: Free, Back, Fly

Communications and Journalism major

UST career highlights: was on first-place 400 free relay, second-place 200 free relay, third-place 200 medley relay, placed third in 100 back, sixth in 100 free and ninth in 50 free at 2016 MIAC Championships... NCAA participant in 200 medley, 200 free and 400 free relays... on relays that set school records in 200 and 400 relays

2015-16: Was a member of the MIAC Champion 400 free relay team that set a UST record (3:28.02). Was on the 200 medley relay that placed third in the MIAC Championsips (1:46.09). Placed third in the 100 back (58.20) and placed sixth in the 100 free (52.91) at the MIAC Championships.

High school highlights: 4X All-Conference, 4X section qualifier, 2X state qualifier, holds school record in 200 free relay and team captain

Cousin, Ben Holcomb, was on football and track & field teams at the University of Minnesota; cousin, Nick Holcomb, played football at UW-La Crosse; cousin, Kyle Johannsen, swam at Butler University; cousin, Benjamin Mathis, played football at the University of Illinois.

Tell us something about yourself that most people don't know: I was on a McDonald's Commercial last year.

Name something you like about St. Thomas: I love the location and size of campus, and the swim team family.