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Jan. 15, 1998

#24 Notre Dame Returns from Hawaii

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame's defending BIG EAST champion women's
swimming and diving team returns to Rolfs Aquatic Center following a 14-day
trip to Hawaii over Christmas break. The Irish finished second at the
Rainbow Invitational and later beat Hawaii and Iowa in dual-meet action. Notre
Dame swims its only home dual meets of the season this weekend when it faces
Miami on Fri., Jan. 16, at 4:00 p.m., and Illinois on Sat., Jan. 17, at 1:00 p.m.

Hawaii Review: Senior Linda Gallo (Red Bank, N.J.) and freshman
Carrie Nixon (Ouray, Colo.) led Notre Dame to a second-place finish, beating
21st-ranked Illinois and 18th-ranked Wisconsin which earlier defeated the Irish
at the Minnesota Invitational. Fifth-ranked Michigan defeated Notre Dame for the
second straight invitational after beating the Irish at the Notre Dame Invitational
in December.

Gallo was a double winner at the Rainbow Invitational, winning the 200
freestyle in a school-record 1:51.33. Gallo also won the 500 freestyle in 4:50.44
with freshman Kristen Van Saun (Lawrence, Kan.) in third in 4:57.75. Nixon took
second in the 50 freestyle in 24.32 and was fourth in the 100 butterfly in 57.40.

The Irish completed their Hawaiian training trip by winning a double dual meet
against Hawaii (157-84) and Iowa (140-91). Notre Dame won seven of the 13 events
with Gallo swimming to another school record in the 1000 freestyle in 10:01.38. Van
Saun won the 500 freestyle while Nixon won the 50 freestyle. Sophomores Rhiana
Saunders (The Woodlands, Texas) and Gina Ketelhohn (Brown Deer, Wis.) swept the
one-meter and three-meter diving events.

Gallo Superb In Senior Season: Senior captain Linda Gallo is in the midst
of one of the greatest individual freestyle performances in the Irish women's swimming
and diving history. She has the fastest times both for the Irish and among the BIG
EAST teams in the 200, 500, 1000 and 1650 freestyle and is among the top five on the
team in eight events. She has broken three school records, including two of her own
schools records from last year. She won the 1000 freestyle in 10:01.38 against
Hawaii and Iowa, won the 1650 freestyle in 16:34.43 at the Minnesota Invitational
and won the 500 freestyle at the Rainbow Invitational in 4:50.44, all in school
record times. She has won seven dual-meet events and six events in invitational
competitions already.

This Week For The Irish: Two ranked teams come to Rolfs Aquatic Center to
take on Notre Dame. BIG EAST rival and 25th-ranked Miami will face the Irish on Fri.,
Jan. 16, at 4:00 p.m. Miami led Notre Dame by 103 point at the 1997 BIG EAST
championship before the Irish rallied to beat the Hurricanes by a 661-547.5 score as
Miami finished second for the sixth straight year.

Illinois enters the meet currently ranked 21st with a perfect 8-0 dual-meet
record. The Fighting Illini and the Irish both have beaten Iowa, Hawaii and Southern
Illinois in dual meets in 1997-98. The two teams swam at the Rainbow Invitational in
which Notre Dame finished second with 168.5 points while Illinois was third with
112.5. The two teams will square off on Sat., Jan. 17, at 1:00 p.m.

Nixon Leads Freshmen: Carrie Nixon, after setting a school record in the 50
freestyle in her first collegiate event, showed that she will be a key swimmer for the
Irish. She is unbeaten in her five dual-meet races, winning the 50 and 100 freestyle
against Pittsburgh and Southern Illinois and 50 freestyle against Hawaii and Iowa.
She won the 50 freestyle at the Minnesota Invitational with her fastest time of the
year in 23.41 in the trials, breaking her own school record. Nixon was second in the
50 and 100 freestyle at the Rainbow Invitational and was third in the 50 freestyle at
the Notre Dame Invitational.

All-Americans Return: Notre Dame's two returning All-Americans, Shannon
Suddarth (Topeka, Kan.) in breaststroke and Alison Newell (Parker, Colo.) in butterfly,
have continued as sophomores what they accomplished last year as freshman. The duo
have led the Irish in the individual stroke events as well as on the medley relays.
Suddarth was a double winner in the 100 and 200 breaststroke against both Pittsburgh
and Southern Illinois and finished second in the 200 breaststroke at both the Notre
Dame Invitational and the Rainbow Invitational. Newell won the 200 butterfly against
Pittsburgh and was second in the 200 butterfly at the Minnesota Invitational. Suddarth
leads the BIG EAST in the 200 breaststroke while Newell leads in the 200 butterfly.

Speedo CSCA Top 25 (12/18)
    1.   Stanford         296
    2.   USC              282
    3.   SMU              281
    4.   Georgia          263
    5.   Arizona          256
    6.   Michigan *       235
    7.   Nebraska         224
    8.   California       209
    9.   Auburn           190
    9.   Minnesota        190
   11.   Tennessee        160
   12.   Texas            152
   13.   Florida          147
   14.   UCLA             120
   15.   Northwestern     114
   16.   North Carolina   113
   17.   Clemson          105
   18.   Wisconsin        101
   19.   Kentucky          96
   20.   Nevada            71
   21.   Illinois *        66
   22.   Arizona State     64
   23.   LSU               49
   24.   Notre Dame        28
   25.   Miami (Fla.) *    25
   
* indicates 1997-98 Notre Dame  dual-meet opponents
1997-98 Notre Dame Women's Swimming and Diving Top Times
Event                 Name                Time    H/F Place Opponent                 Date
50 Freestyle          Carrie Nixon        23.41*#  H  1     Minnesota                11/21/97
100 Freestyle         Carrie Nixon        51.67    F  R/S   Notre Dame Invitational  12/6/97
200 Freestyle         Linda Gallo       1:51.20 *  F  2     Notre Dame Invitational  12/5/97
500 Freestyle         Linda Gallo       4:50.44 *# F  1     Rainbow Invitational     1/2/98
1000 Freestyle        Linda Gallo      10:01.38    F  1     Hawaii/Iowa              1/9/98
1650 Freestyle        Linda Gallo      16:34.43 *  F  1     Minnesota Invitational   11/23/97
100 Backstroke        Tiffany O'Brien     59.43    F  R/S   Collegiate Relay Classic 10/25/97
200 Backstroke        Tiffany O'Brien   2:05.15    F  4     Minnesota Invitational   11/23/97
100 Breaststroke      Shannon Suddarth  1:04.65    F  2     Notre Dame Invitational  12/5/97
200 Breaststroke      Shannon Suddarth  2:18.98    F  3     Minnesota Invitational   11/23/97
100 Butterfly         Carrie Nixon        56.40 *  H  1     Minnesota Invitational   11/22/97
200 Butterfly         Alison Newell     2:03.50 *  F  2     Minnesota Invitational   11/32/97
200 Individual Medley Shannon Suddarth  2:06.70    F  4     Minnesota Invitational   11/22/97
400 Individual Medley Shannon Suddarth  4:27.81    F  4     Minnesota Invitational   11/22/97
One-Meter Diving      Rhiana Saunders    256.95 *  F  1     Hawaii/Iowa              1/9/98
Three-Meter Diving    Gina Ketelhohn     287.24 *  F  1     Hawaii/Iowa              1/9/98
200 Medley Relay      Notre Dame        1:48.08    F  2     Notre Dame Invitational  12/5/97
400 Medley Relay      Notre Dame        3:52.67    F  3     Minnesota Invitational   11/23/97
200 Free Relay        Notre Dame        1:35.65    F  2     Collegiate Relay Classic 10/25/97
400 Free Relay        Notre Dame        3:29.31    F  2     Minnesota Invitational   11/23/97
800 Free Relay        Notre Dame        7:31.71    F  2     Minnesota invitational   11/22/97
    
* indicates NCAA consideration time    !! indicates NCAA automatic qualifying time      # indicates school record
Irish Among BIG EAST Conference Leaders
   50 Freestyle
   1.  Carrie Nixon   23.41
   6.  Linda Gallo    24.12
   12. Laura Shepard  24.63
   15. Courtney South 24.76
100 Freestyle   
   2.  Carrie Nixon     51.67
   3.  Linda Gallo      51.71
   12. Kristen Van Saun 53.12
   13. Courtney South   53.16
200 Freestyle   
   1.  Linda Gallo        1:51.20
   2.  Kristen Van Saun   1:51.87
   10. Alison Newell      1:54.32
   11. Brenda Reilly      1:54.35
   14. Carrie Nixon       1:54.74
500 Freestyle   
   1.  Linda Gallo        4:50.44
   2.  Kristen Van Saun   4:53.18
   7.  Brenda Reilly      5:00.67
   8.  Alison Newell      5:01.16
   14. Allison Vendt      5:05.27
1000 Freestyle   
   1.  Linda Gallo        10:01.38
   7.  Kristen Van Saun   10:18.00
   16. Alison Newell      10:36.65
1650 Freestyle   
   1.  Linda Gallo        16:34.43
100 Backstroke   
   7.  Tiffany O'Brien       59.43
   11. Katie Collins       1:00.04
   14. Allison Vendt       1:00.28
200 Backstroke   
   3.  Tiffany O'Brien   2:05.15
   8.  Allison Vendt     2:07.03
   12. Anne Iacobucci    2:08.04
100 Breaststroke   
   2.  Shannon Suddarth   1:04.65
   4.  Brittany Kline     1:05.69
   10. Kathleen Rimkus    1:07.57
   16. Linda Gallo        1:08.68
200 Breaststroke   
   1.  Shannon Suddarth   2:18.98
   8.  Brittany Kline     2:22.90
   9.  Kathleen Rimkus    2:24.57
   15. Anne Iacobucci     2:28.85
100 Butterfly   
   1.  Carrie Nixon      56.40
   2.  Liz Barger        57.49
   5.  Alison Newell     57.75
   16. Leticia Herrera   59.29
200 Butterfly   
   1.  Alison Newell     2:03.50
   3.  Liz Barger        2:05.91
   13. Leticia Herrera   2:10.05
200 Individual Medley   
   2.  Shannon Suddarth   2:06.70
   3.  Kristen Van Saun   2:07.91
   5.  Carrie Nixon       2:08.50
   8.  Tiffany O'Brien    2:09.61
   11. Liz Barger         2:10.34
400 Individual Medley   
   2.  Shannon Suddarth   4:27.81
   3.  Tiffany O'Brien    4:28.17
   4.  Kristen Van Saun   4:28.27
   5.  Alison Newell      4:31.69
   9.  Linda Gallo        4:33.02
   11. Anne Iacobucci     4:34.20
One-Meter Diving   
   7.  Rhiana Saunders    256.95
   8.  Gina Ketelhohn     256.35
   9.  Jessica Johnstone  250.58
   10. Karli Richards     250.58
   13. Francie McCoppin   213.45
Three-Meter Diving   
   5.  Gina Ketelhohn     287.24
   7.  Jessica Johnstone  270.15
   9.  Karli Richards     263.30
   11. Rhiana Saunders    257.10
   16. Francie McCoppin   200.55
200 Medley Relay   
   2.  Notre Dame   1:48.08
400 Medley Relay   
   1.  Notre Dame   3:52.67
200 Free Relay   
   1.  Notre Dame   1:35.65
400 Free Relay   
   2.  Notre Dame   3:29.31
800 Free Relay   
   1.  Notre Dame   7:31.71

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