Mens and Womens swimming host the Shamrock Invitation January 28th and 29th.
AS A JUNIOR (2013-14): Qualified for first NCAA Championships, swimming with the 800 free relay team and helping them to a 23rd-place finish (7:11.63) ... swam with the 800 free relay team at the ACC Championships as the foursome secured an NCAA B cut time (7:11.92) that clinched a spot for the team at NCAAs ... also swam the 200 free at the ACC meet, finishing in 1:50.00 for a 23rd-place showing ... aided the 800 free relay team to a first-place finish at the Dennis Stark Relays (7:24.98) ... earned a runner-up finish in the 200 free at the Shamrock Invitational (1:52.12) ... garnered an eighth-place finish (58.61) in the 100 back at the Shamrock Invitational ... earned a monogram.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2012-13): Continued strong contributions in the freestyle events ... was part of the 800 free relay team that placed first at the BIG EAST meet and broke the Notre Dame record with a time of 7:10.84, earning both all-BIG EAST honors and an NCAA B-cut ... also placed 14th in the 200 free at the BIG EAST meet ... swam to first place finishes in the 200 freestyle event at the Shamrock Invitational (1:49.76) and against swimming power Auburn (1:50.71) ... aided the 400 free relay (3:24.73) to first place against the University of Michigan and Northwestern ... took home third in the 100 free in meetings with Pittsburgh and Purdue ... earned a monogram.
AS A FRESHMAN (2011-12): Contributed immediately in first year, adding to depth in the freestyle events for the Irish ... garnered all-BIG EAST honors as well as a NCAA B-cut en route to a third place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:48.02) ... placed fifth in the 100 freestyle (50.46) ... also competed individually at the BIG EAST Championships in the 500 freestyle (5:03.41) ... was part of the school record-setting BIG EAST champion 400 free relay as well as the bronze-winning 800 free relay, both of which posted NCAA B-cuts and earned her all-BIG EAST scrolls ... took home first place in the 200 free as well as bronze in the 100 yard distance of the same stroke against Pittsburgh ... swam to a third place finish individually in the 200 free against league rival Louisville ... aided the 400 free relay to first place against perennial power Auburn ... earned a monogram.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL: Graduated from Lake Highland Prep (Fla.) in the spring of 2011 ... earned letters all four years in swimming ... four-time conference champion and four-time region champion ... earned two all-state awards ... named team MVP twice and team captain as a senior ... competed for Highlander Aquatics during club season ... Junior National qualifier and zone team member ... in the classroom, four-time Academic All-American ... born to Bruce and Tracy Bessire in Texas ... has two younger brothers, Harlin and Jack ... enrolled in the College of Arts and is majoring in design.