Jan. 26, 2013
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The University of Notre Dame women's swimming and diving team completed an impressive showing on the second day of the Shamrock Invitational, sweeping the complete meet program with victories in every event in front of 480 fans at Rolfs Aquatic Center. The Irish bested the Towson Tigers by a score of 309-60.
The point total was just one point shy of tying the school mark for points in a dual meet or invitational, while the margin of victory (249) was just seven points behind the school record.
The second day was highlighted by the second pool record in as many days by Kim Holden, this time lowering the mark in the 100 backstroke with an NCAA B-cut time of 53.39. She broke Auburn University swimmer Emily Bos' mark of 53.62 from Oct. 21, 2011.
Emma Reaney added two more individual victories from today's swims, posting first in the 100 freestyle (50.21) and 200 individual medley (1:58.95 - NCAA B-cut). She was also an integral part in the winning 200 freestyle relay and the 800 freestyle relay, boosting her meet victory total to 5 events.
Jenny Chiang took first place in the 1-meter diving competition with a score of 285.75 points to sweep the diving events on the weekend. Chiang is just one of five divers that have already qualified for the NCAA zone diving meet in West Lafayette, Ind., from March 14-16. Joining Chiang will be fellow senior Kimmie Lisiak, sophomore Allison Casareto and freshmen Emma Gaboury and Lindsey Streepey. All five divers will compete in the 1- and 3-meter dives as well as the platform dive.
The Irish will return to competition for their final dual meet of the season on Feb. 9, 2013 against the Toledo Rockets. The meet will be hosted at the University of Toledo Student Recreation Center Pool and will begin at 3 p.m.
200 Free Relay: The Notre Dame "A" team of Galletti, Ryan, Reaney, and Holden (1:32.76) started the second session in proper form for the Irish, continuing the streak of victories from the Friday session ... the "B" squad of Christen McDonough, Mikelle Masciantonio, Suzanne Bessire, and Lauren Scott (1:34.24) was close behind and finished second in the heat.
100 Back: Holden (53.39) set her second individual pool record in as many days as she lowered the previous mark (53.62) set by Emily Bos ... Holden's time also qualifies as an NCAA B-cut ... Galletti (55.19) and Ryan (55.23) completed the Irish sweep of the top three spots in the event.
200 Breast: Lauren Stauder (2:14.05) posted a strong NCAA B-cut time en route to a ten second margin of victory in the distance breaststroke ... Gracie Fredlake (2:24.71) narrowly edged out teammate Melissa Scott (2:24.87) for second place.
100 Free: Reaney (50.21) gathered her second overall and first individual victory of the day ... Galletti (51.42) and Laurent Scott (51.63) flanked her to round out the top three ... Masciantonio (52.23) touched the wall fourth in the event.
200 Fly: Bridget Casey (1:58.74) narrowly missed out on the pool record but did record an NCAA B-cut on her way to winning the distance fly ... Melissa Scott (2:02:13) and Courtney Whyte (2:03.22) completed the medal stand sweep of the event.
500 Free: Jaime Malandra (4:54.56) took the mid-distance title for Notre Dame, pulling away from teammate and fellow sub-five minute performer Ryan (4:56.43) ... Bessire (5:03.19) and Erin Foley (5:03.95) finished third and fourth, respectively, for the Irish.
200 Medley Relay: The quartet of Holden, Stauder, Whyte, and McDonough (1:43.18) breezed through the relay to grab gold ... the "B" squad (1:45.72) earned second place.
200 IM: Reaney (1:58.95) doubled up on individual gold for the day as she recorded an NCAA B-cut time to handily win the event ... Lauren Scott (2:04.41) fell off the pace at the breaststroke leg but was still able to finish second ... Fredlake (2:07.25) and Casey (2:08.86) finished third and fourth, respectively.
800 Free Relay: The Notre Dame squad of Ryan, Reaney, Malandra, and Bessire (7:29.78) capped off the meet with a resounding victory in the distance relay ... the "B" squad of Fredlake, Casey, Foley, and Stauder (7:49.32) finished second.