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
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
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