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    Nov. 21, 1997

    Notre Dame Signs Three to National Letters of Intent

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame's defending BIG EAST champion women's swimming team has signed three high school seniors to national letters of intent, according to head coach Bailey Weathers. Brooke Davey (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.), Allison Lloyd (Ft. Wayne, Ind.) and Tara Riggs (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.) comprise Notre Dame's class of 2002.

    "This is probably the best early signing class that we've had," said Weathers, the 1997 BIG EAST coach of the year. "All three have Olympic Trials cuts and will be NCAA scorers for us right away so we are excited about having them join our program. They all come from coaches who have spent a lot of time working on technique and have prepared them well for collegiate swimming."

    Davey comes to Notre Dame after placing eighth in the 50 freestyle at the 1996 Olympic Trials. She is a three-time senior nationals finalist in the 50 free and a four-time high school All-American and New York state champion at John Jay High School. Davey is also a member of the U.S. swimming scholastic All-America team. She swims for her club team the Newburgh Sharks and coach Mark Piggott.

    "One of the interesting things about Brooke is that she never had the opportunity to train long course so to finish eighth at the Olympic Trials is pretty remarkable," said Weathers. "Brooke will contribute heavily in the relays in addition to our individual events. With Brooke and Carrie Nixon, we will have a great one-two punch in our sprint freestyle."

    Lloyd starred in breaststroke at Canterbury High School and for her club team Fort Wayne Aquatics, coached by Dave Gibson. She qualified for senior nationals in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke was a finalist in the 100 breaststroke in February, 1996. Lloyd qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 100-meter breaststroke and attended the U.S. swimming select camp in Colorado in October, 1996.

    "Allison prepares us for the future after Shannon Suddarth and Brittany Kline," said Weathers. "She will really add with those two to make breaststroke one of our strongest events and adds a lot of options to allow Shannon and Brittany to swim other events."

    Riggs brings versatility to Notre Dame's freestyle with the ability to swim in freestyle events from 200 yards up to 1650 yards as well as butterfly. She has swum for the City of Charleston swim team and coach T.J. Liston and for Wando High School with times under NCAA qualifying standards.

    "One of the things Tara adds is a lot of firepower up front in the distance and middle distance freestyle events," said Weathers. "She is extremely versatile and can come in and fill Linda Gallo's shoes when she leaves. We are extremely excited for Tara's potential, not just in the BIG EAST, but also at the NCAA championships."

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