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10/21/2011

Notre Dame Winter Sports Preview: Women's Swimming & Diving

Fighting Irish looking to turn spin BIG EAST success into NCAA gold.

10/21/2011

Notre Dame Winter Sports Preview: Women's Swimming & Diving

Fighting Irish looking to turn spin BIG EAST success into NCAA gold.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Reset both of her personal-best times in her specialty, the breaststroke, at the BIG EAST Championships ... swam to a sixth-place finish in the 100 breast at the league meet with a time of 1:03.48 and was tied for ninth place in the 200 breast with a finals swim of 2:17.38 ... her final session swim in the 200 breast and her preliminary swim of the 100 breast (1:03.39) were both personal-best times ... an additional personal-best time also came in the preliminary session of the 200 IM at the league meet with a time of 2:08.39 ... touched the pad in a time of 1:01.58 in the 100 fly and 2:18.82 in the 200 fly in the preliminary session of the Hoosierland Invitational ... the 100 fly performance was a season-best time while her 200 fly time was a personal best ... swam 14 breaststroke events for the Irish over the course of the season.

AS A FRESHMAN: Capped off the year by going a season-best 1:03.90 in the 100 breast, which was just under eight seconds better than her performance three weeks earlier at the Shamrock Invitational ... the mark made her Notre Dame's second-fastest performer in the event ... clocked in at 2:20.35 in the 200 breast at the league meet to give her the nod as the team's third-best performer in the event on the season ... swam the 100 fly (1:00.75) at the Ohio State Invitational and finished the 200 IM in 2:09.31 at the BIG EAST meet ... swam the 200 breast at World Championship Trials.

THE BLYTHE FILE: Swam in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, clocking a time of 2:37.71 in the 200m breast ... four-time All-American in the 100 breast ... earned an All-America nod in the 200 medley relay as a freshman ... garnered the same status in the 200 IM as a junior and senior ... swam for Colleyville Heritage (Texas) as a prep, setting the school record in the 100 breast (1:02.33) ... her high school team boasted an undefeated record her junior season ... four-time conference champion, three-time regional champion and four-time team MVP ... earned all-conference, all-city and all-state recognition in each of her four prep seasons ... picked up one state title in the 100 breast as a junior ... born in Grapevine, Texas, on July 25, 1990 ... daughter of Gwen and Richard Blythe ... has one younger sister, Rachel ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as an accounting major.

Blythe's Career Bests

Event Time Meet
100 Breast 1:03.39 BIG EAST (2010)
200 Breast 2:17.38 BIG EAST (2010)
100 Fly 1:00.75 Ohio State Invite (2008)
200 Fly 2:18.82 Hoosierland Invite (2009)
200 IM 2:08.39 BIG EAST (2010)
400 IM 4:50.23 Purdue (2008)

Gwen Blythe
Gwen  Blythe

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Colleyville, TX

High School:
Colleyville Heritage

Height:
5-8

Event:
Breast/IM

Birthdate:
07/25/1990

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