March 15, 2017
By Sinhue Mendoza
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana -- The No. 24-ranked University of Notre Dame has made its way to the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships with a school-record 10 participants. The championships will be held March 15-18 at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.
Five student-athletes will compete in individual races, one will dive on the 1 meter board and another four will join them in relay events.
The 10 participants breaks the previous school record of nine, which was accomplished by the 2002 and 1999 team.
THE IRISH RESURGENCE
The Notre Dame women's squad continued its resurgent 2016-17 season with a seventh-place finish at the 2017 ACC Championships. The Irish registered 654.5 points -- the most for Notre Dame's women in the ACC Championships since 2014. Every swimmer on the Irish women's roster earned points at the meet and four of the five relay squads set Notre Dame records.
Last weekend, the Irish continued their upward trend on the spring board as freshman Claire Andrews qualified in the 1 meter following a sixth-place finish in NCAA Zone C. She registered a score of 558.05 and became the 10th Irish athlete to qualify for the championships.
THE IRISH IN INDY
Claire Andrews: 1 meter diving
Abbie Dolan: 50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay, 400 medley relay
Catherine Mulquin: 100 back, 200 back, 100 free, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay, 200 free relay, 400 free relay.
Alice Treuth: 100 back, 200 back
Meaghan O'Donnell: 100 and 200 breast, 200 and 400 medley relay
Erin Sheehan: 100 fly, 200 fly, 400 medley relay
Relay swimmers: Katie Smith, Nicole Smith, Sofia Revilak, Lauren Heller
200 medley relay: Catherine Mulquin, Meaghan O'Donnell, Nicole Smith, Katie Smith
400 medley relay: Catherine Mulquin, Meaghan O'Donnell, Erin Sheehan, Abbie Dolan
200 free relay: Katie Smith, Catherine Mulquin, Sofia Revilak, Abbie Dolan
400 free relay: Katie Smith, Catherine Mulquin, Sofia Revilak, Abbie Dolan
COACH LITZINGER'S THOUGHTS
On a record ten athletes competing for Notre Dame...
"Competing at this meet with 10 members of our team is very exciting. This is a young group, except Catherine Mulquin but she is here for the first time to compete in individual races. It will be a learning experience for all."
On what he expects from his team at the championships...
"I expect our group to be aggressive like they have been all year and to lay down the tracks for future performance. Regardless, we will race hard and compete for Notre Dame."
WHEN AND HOW TO WATCH THE IRISH
ESPN3.com will stream the finals sessions live on Friday and Saturday. 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 two-hour broadcast via tape delay at 7 p.m. ET, Tuesday, March 28. Live results for the championships will be available on NCAA.com.
Thursday, March 16
10 a.m. Day 2 Swimming Trials
50 Free (Abbie Dolan)
One-meter Diving Trials (Claire Andrews)
6 p.m. Day 2 Finals
200 Free Relay (Katie Smith, Catherine Mulquin, Sofia Revilak, Abbie Dolan)
50 Free Final
One-meter Diving Finals
400 Medley Relay (Catherine Mulquin, Meaghan O'Donnell, Erin Sheehan, Abbie Dolan)
Friday, March 17
10:00 a.m. Day 3 Swimming Trials
100 Fly (Erin Sheehan)
200 Free (Abbie Dolan)
100 Breast (Meaghan O'Donnell)
100 Back (Catherine Mulquin, Alice Treuth)
6:00 p.m. Day 3 Finals
100 Fly Consolation /100 Butterfly Final
200 Free Consolation/200 Freestyle Final
100 Breast Consolation/100 Breaststroke Final
100 Back Consolation/100 Backstroke Final
200 Medley Relay (Catherine Mulquin, Meaghan O'Donnell, Nikki Smith, Katie Smith)
Saturday, March 18
10:00 a.m. Day 4 Swimming Trials
200 Back (Catherine Mulquin, Alice Treuth)
100 Free (Abbie Dolan, Catherine Mulquin)
200 Fly (Erin Sheehan)
6:00 p.m. Day 4 Finals
200 Back Consolation/ Final
100 Free Consolation/ Final
200 Breast Consolation/ Final
200 Fly Consolation/Final
400 Free Relay (Katie Smith, Catherine Mulquin, Sofia Revilak, Abbie Dolan)