Brian Barnes: Building Notre Dame Women's Swimming's Foundation for Success

Sixth-year Irish head coach has drawn on profound life experiences, both within the sport and without.

AS A SENIOR (2009-10): Closed her Notre Dame career with top 10 performances in school history in both the 200 free and 200 IM ... among the top five performers in school history in the 200 and 400 IM and the 200 free events, which includes being in a tie for the second fastest per- former in the 200 free ... swam to season-best times in at the BIG EAST Championships, which included times of 2:02.79 in the 200 IM (sixth place), 4:22.41 in the 400 IM (seventh place) and 1:49.64 in the 200 free (seventh place) ... set two additional season-best times at the Hoosierland Invitational with her performances in the prelimi- nary sessions of the 200 back (2:04.30) and 100 free (51.70) ... claimed the team's top 200 free time on the season with her performance at the league meet ... claimed the fourth and fifth fast- est performances in the 400 and 200 IM, respec- tively, on the season ... additionally claimed three of the next six performances on the season in the 400 IM for a total of four of the top 10 per- formances on the campaign in the event ... served as a team captain for the Irish in her senior campaign ... recipient of the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award.

AS A JUNIOR (2008-09): Swam in 10 different events throughout the season ... began the BIG EAST Championships with a league and school record-setting performance as a member of the 800 free relay (7:13.51) ... after going a career-best 2:02.38 in prelims of the 200 IM, bettered that mark by going 2:00.63 in the finals for second place and an Irish record ... runner- up in the 400 IM (4:16.42) ... raced to a career- best 1:48.34 in the prelims of the 200 free and locked a fifth-place finish in the finals at 1:49.31 ... wrapped up the league meet with a trio of all-BIG EAST honors ... recipient of program's Rockne Scholar-Athlete award ... named an Honorable Mention All- Academic performer by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).

AS A SOPHOMORE (2007-08): Capped off her sophomore campaign with a cameo at the U.S. Olympic Trials, swimming in the 200 IM ... picked up a trio of all-BIG EAST honors (800 free relay, 400 medley relay and 400 free relay) ... her 400 free relay (3:19.38) quartet set a school and BIG EAST record in the event ... fastest time in the 100 free (51.15) came during the BIG EAST Championships ... that came after steady improvement in the event throughout the season ... started the cam- paign with a 52.82 in the event at Minnesota ... sported a best time of 1:49.35 in the 200 free at the league meet ... made her 500 free debut and finale at the Husky Invitational with a time of 4:57.02 ... had four tries at the 200 back, peaking with a time of 2:01.69 at the BIG EAST Championships ... finished the 400 IM in 4:24.19 against Purdue ... posted a season-best time of 2:03.23 in the 200 IM during the league meet.

AS A FRESHMAN (2006-07): Qualified in four events for the NCAA Championships ... member of the 13th-place 800 free relay and the 20th place 400 free relay at the national level ... also competed individually in the 200 IM and the 200 free at the national meet ... only freshman swim- mer to compete for the Irish at the NCAA Championships ... qualified for four BIG EAST Championships events ... member of the title- winning 800 free relay, her first BIG EAST champi- onship and lone all-BIG EAST accolade from the meet ... brought in 44 individual points at the meet ... the top swimmer for the Irish in the 200 free ... turned in the season's second-best time for in the 200 fly ... third-best in the 200 and the 400 IM.

THE FARRELL FILE: Team captain for the 2009-10 season ... spent prep career swimming for Hopkinton (Mass.) ... Massachusetts high school state champion in the 200 free and runner-up in the 500 free... NISCA high school All-American ... team MVP as a senior ... scholar-athlete award winner all four years ... 2003 Boston Globe and Boston Herald All- Scholastic team ... U.S. Open Qualifier in six events ... Senior National qualifier in the 200 free and fly ... Junior National qualifier in nine events ... swam at the 2006 Summer Junior Nationals with a bro- ken foot ... New England Swimming Women's High Point Award ... New England Swimming Outstanding Athlete of the Year ... member of the NISCA Academic All-American team ... ranked eighth during the 2005 summer in USA Swimming's IMX Challenge ... career-best marks through high school: 100 fly (55.48), 200 free (1:50.26), 100 free (51.64) , 200 fly (2:04.19) ... born April 29, 1988, in Newton, Mass. ... daughter of Kathy and Michael Farrell ... one of four children ... brother, Christopher, plays baseball at Catholic University ... earned a spot on dean's list in the spring of 2008 ... elected to Notre Dame's Academic Affairs Committee for Student Government ... member of the Undergraduate Women In Business Club ... avid Boston Red Sox fan ... graduated from the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in finance and economics.

Farrell's Career Bests

Event Time Meet
100 Free 51.15 NCAA CHAMP's (2007)
200 Free 1:48.34 BIG EAST (2009)
100 Back 58.58 Ohio State Invite (2008)
200 Back 2:01.69 BIG EAST (2008)
200 Fly 2:02.57 BIG EAST (2007)
200 IM 2:00.63 BIG EAST (2009)
400 IM 4:16.42 BIG EAST (2009)

Megan Farrell
Megan  Farrell


Hopkinton, MA

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Event Calendar

October 23
Florida Gulf Coast
Ft. Myers, Fla. (FGCU Aquatic Center)
October 30
5:00 PM
Michigan State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Rolfs Aquatic Center)

October 31
Purdue/Ohio State
West Lafayette, Ind. (Boilermaker Aquatic Center)
November 6
5:00 PM
Pittsburgh/ Virginia Tech
Christiansburg, Va. (Christiansburg Aquatic Center)
November 7
10:00 AM
Pittsburgh/ Virginia Tech
Christiansburg, Va. (Christiansburg Aquatic Center)
November 20
All Day
Boilermaker Invitational
West Lafayette, Ind. (Boilermaker Aquatic Center)
November 21
All Day
Boilermaker Invitational
West Lafayette, Ind. (Boilermaker Aquatic Center)
November 22
All Day
Boilermaker Invitational
West Lafayette, Ind. (Boilermaker Aquatic Center)

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