Feb. 22, 1997

Notre Dame Women's Swimming Wins BIG EAST Championships

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Notre Dame's women's swimming and diving team won its first BIG EAST championship Saturday at Rutgers University. Third a year in their first BIG EAST championships, the Irish out distanced second-place Miami by 661-547.5 to claim the title. Notre Dame's men's team placed seventh for the second consecutive year. Notre Dame women's head coach Bailey Weathers was named the BIG EAST women's swimming coach of the year.

Senior All-American Erin Brooks tied a school record with her 1:57.68 to win her second consecutive BIG EAST 200 backstroke title while teammate Allison Hollis was third in 2:01.26. Freshman Alison Newell won the 200 butterfly title and freshman teammate Liz Barger was third. Courtney South was second in the 100 freestyle and Shannon Suddarth was third in the 200 breaststroke. Notre Dame capped off its first BIG EAST title was a second-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay.

Senior captain Matt Rose capped off Notre Dame's men's night with his second-consecutive fifth-place finish in the 200 breaststroke in 2:05.45, a career best for Rose. Freshman John Lubker was fifth in the 1,650 freestyle.

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