March 2, 1997
More Records Fall at Shamrock Classic
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - After having three Rolfs Aquatic Center records fall yesterday, two more were
broken today in the Shamrock Classic.
Notre Dame freshman Shannon Suddarth, who yesterday broke the 100-yard breaststroke pool record, beat the
old pool record by more than a second with a time of 2:17.99.
Earlier in the meet, Emily Wang of Illinois recorded a time of 51.41 in the 100-yard freestyle. This established
a new pool record previously held by Rebecca Andrew of Kansas, and also placed her under consideration for the
NCAA women's championship held March 20-22 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Freshman Alison Newell recorded the top time of the season in the woman's 400-meter individual medley relay
with a time of 4:27.48 during the trials.
No team scores were kept. The Shamrock Classic is designed for swimmers to better their times, and possibly
reach in the NCAA Championship.
So far only one member of the Irish has unconditionally qualified for the NCAA championship. Senior Erin Brooks
qualified in the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 1:57.56 at the BIG EAST Championship last month.
Mar. 1, 1997
Pool Records Fall At First Annual Shamrock Classic
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Three Rolfs Aquatic Center records were
broken at the first annual Shamrock Classic at the University of Notre
Dame on Saturday night.
In the 100-meter breaststroke, Irish freshman Shannon Suddarth
broke fellow teammate Brittany Kline's record set earlier in the day
with a time of 1:04.55. Kline's time, 1:04.94, beat out Kelly Williams
time of 1:05.14.
No team scores were kept in the men's and women's meet. The
Shamrock Classic is designed for swimmers to try and achieve the times
that will be necessary to get them in the 1997 NCAA Swimming
Championships in Indianapolis on May 20-22.
Only five events into the meet, Michigan State's Dianne Oliver
broke Rebecca Andrew's previous record of 23.82 sec in the 50-meter
freestyle, with a time of 23.66 in the preliminaries.
Eight events later, another Spartan, Jami Archambault broke Erin
Brooks' 1993 record with a time of 56.13 in the 100-meter backstroke.
Archambault wasn't done yet. Less than eight hours later she broke
that mark with a time of 55.99 which also is a NCAA consideration
In the woman's 800-yard freestyle relay, the Illinois team
recorded a time of 7:25.15 betting the previous record set by
Villanova in 1990 by 12 seconds.
For the swim team, it is a period of waiting to see which of their
consolation times will earn them a place in the NCAA championship.
Erin Brooks is the only Notre Dame swimmer to post an automatic
qualifying time with her performance in the 200-meter backstroke.