Jan. 14, 2007
NOTRE DAME, Ind.- The No. 19 Notre Dame women's swimming and diving team (4-0) had a steady second day at the Michigan Invitational, to top a higher ranked opponent, on Saturday, Jan. 13. The women scored 1074 points to place second behind No. 13 Indiana's 1460.5 points and ahead of No. 10 Michigan's 1052.5 points and Illinois' 417 points.
Senior Katie Carroll (Toledo, Ohio/Notre Dame Academy) continued her strong meet by winning the 200-yard butterfly in a time of 1:59.04. For Carroll it was her 13th individual victory of the season.
The Irish went into the meet's final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, leading Michigan by the slimmest of margins (7.5 points). The Wolverines took the top spot and 40 points, but the Irish women had a stronger overall team effort to outlast the hard-charging Michigan team. Notre Dame's four teams (A, B, C, D) totaled 104 points in the event to outdistance Michigan's five teams (A, B, C, D, E), who had 90 points. The Notre Dame `A' team of Carroll, Megan Farrell (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton), Rebecca Grove (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown) and Christa Riggins (Phoenix. Ariz./Sunnyslope) led the Irish team effort with 32 points, in a third-place finish. Both Riggins and Farrell also had solid individual efforts. Riggins place fifth for the Irish in the 100-yard freestyle (51.43), while Farrell finished fifth in the 400-yard individual medley in a season-best time of 4:26.10.
Earlier in the meet, senior Julia Quinn (Evanston, Ill./Evanston) swam a season-best time of 2:16.87 to place second in the 200-yard breaststroke.
Sophomore Casey Wagner (Glenshaw, Pa./Shady Side Academy) had a fourth-place finish for Notre Dame in the 1,650-yard freestyle (16:49.24). Senior Ann Barton (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) finished sixth in the 200-yard backstroke (2:05.56) and senior Ellen Johnson (Springfield, Mo./Glendale) swam a season-best time (1:52.61) in leading the Irish women in the 200-yard freestyle.
For the Irish divers, freshman Natalie Stitt
(Holland, Mich./West Ottawa) led the charge and finished fifth in the one-meter diving competition with 262.70 points.
Next, the Fighting Irish women return home to the Rolfs Aquatics Center to host the Shamrock Invitational from Jan. 26-27. The other teams expected to compete are Penn State, Oakland, Connecticut and West Virginia.