The Notre Dame Women's Swimming and Diving team came first in 13 events in the meet against Ball State on February 5th.
AS A JUNIOR: Freestyle specialist who excels in the distance events ... competed at the BIG EAST Championships in the 200, 500, and 1,650 free ... posted career bests in four events at the Ohio State Invitational, swimming the 100 free (53.40), 200 free (1:52.00), 500 free (4:53.99), and the 1,650 free (17:06.20) ... grabbed the gold in the 1,000 free (10:21.47) against Michigan State ... took first place in the 500 and 1,000 free events against Ball State ... placed fourth in the 1,000 free, swimming a season-best time (10:19.78) against Auburn ... earned a Monogram.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Specialized in the freestyle, competing in a variety of distances ... competed in the 200, 500 and 1,650 free and the 800 free relay at the BIG EAST Championships ... swam the third leg in the 800 free relay as the Irish finished in a season- best 7:19.79, placing fourth ... best times included 1:52.54 in the 200, 5:00.23 in the 500 and 17:15.72 in the 1,650 ... best 1,000 time (10:24.06) came in a meet versus Auburn and LSU ... swam the 50 (25.23) and 100 (54.63) at the Shamrock Invitational ... claimed second in the 500 (5:11.22) and 1,000 (10:31.27) frees in a dual meet versus Ball State ... claimed third in the 200 free (1:54.40) in a dual meet versus Utah ... earned a Monogram.
AS A FRESHMAN: Set a personal-best time of 17:10.24 in the 1,650 free at the BIG EAST
Championships for a 12th-place finish ... raced to three personal-best times at the Hoosierland Invitational, including swims of 4:33.04 in the 400 IM and 1:53.19 in the 200 free and a preliminary session swim of 4:56.35 in the 500 free ... stopped the clock at 10:18.27 for her top time of the season in the 1,000 free against Purdue ... topped out at 55.63 in the 100 free at the Shamrock Invitational ... swam 18 freestyle events for the Irish over the course of the season ... her only other swim was the 400 IM at the Hoosierland Invitational ... amassed four top three finishes on the season ... earned a Monogram.
THE MALANDRA FILE: Earned eight state titles and 16 All- America accolades as a prep at Parkland (Pa.) under head coach Erik Posegay ... set high school's records in 200 and 500 free ... her 500 free mark was also a state record in 2008 ... six-time district champion ... two-time silver medalist at state meet ... four times named The Morning Call Outstanding Swimmer of the Year ... two-time state record holder ... competed at Junior Nationals, Junior Olympics and U.S. Open ... Lehigh Valley Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2009 ... member of National Honor Society, Key Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... born in Allentown, Pa. ... daughter of Margie and Tony Malandra ... has two younger siblings, Tracey and Matthew ... grandfather played football at William & Mary ... enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters and is majoring in sociology.