March 18, 2017
By Sinhue Mendoza
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana -- Alice Treuth broke the Notre Dame record in the 200 backstroke on the final day of competition at the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the IU Natatorium.
While the Irish did not advance a swimmer into tonight's finals, the program returns to campus with an All-American honor for senior Catherine Mulquin and several school records.
HOW THEY SWAM
Backing in for the Record
Alice Treuth swam the 200 back in 1:53.45 to set the Notre Dame record. Treuth broke Kelly Ryan's record of 1:53.57 (2013). The Irish sophomore finished 26th.
Freshman Abbie Dolan finished 42nd In the 100 free with a time of 48.94. The time was the second-fastest ever at Notre Dame.
Flying to Top-35
Erin Sheehan placed 35th in the 200 fly with a time of 1:57.90. The time was the sixth-best in the history of the program and her second-best of the season.
The Irish relays swam their last race of the championships in the 400 freestyle relay. The Irish quartet of Dolan, Mulquin, Katie Smith and Sofia Revilak came in at 3:16.76. The swim was good for 22nd in the field.
Meaghan O'Donnell swam the 200 breast for the Irish and tapped the wall at 2:12.42. O'Donnell's time was the fourth-fastest in program history and her second best of the year.
COACH LITZINGER'S THOUGHTS
On the final day's swimming...
"Today, we had some solid swims. Alice Treuth had been chasing the 200 back record and to break it at the fastest meet of the year is something to be proud of."
On bringing a young group to the championships...
"All of our women are leaving this meet with great experience and are excited to return. They are hungry and are looking ahead already. "We're a team with a bright future and I'm looking forward to continuing to coach this group."
On senior Catherine Mulquin ending her career as an All -American...
"I couldn't be happier for Catherine Mulquin. She's been a great leader for us and, along with this group, has set a standard of excellence for Notre Dame swimming and diving."
The No. 19 Notre Dame men's swimming and diving team heads to Indianapolis for the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Swimming and Diving Championships from March 22-25. The Irish will have nine of their swimmers compete.
ESPN3.com will stream the finals sessions live on Friday and Saturday. Wednesday's evening session, Thursday's sessions along with the morning sessions on Friday and Saturday will be streamed live on NCAA.com and indianasportscorp.org/ncaasd. Additionally, ESPNU will air a broadcast via tape delay at 5 p.m. ET, Wednesday, April 5. Live results for the championships will be available on NCAA.com.
Notre Dame fans can also follow live results of the week's action on the team's Twitter account, @NDMensswimdive, with a complete recap posted to und.com at the conclusion of the meet.