Feb. 17, 2010
PITTSBURGH, Pa. -
Notre Dame set a school and league record in the 200 medley relay Wednesday evening at Trees Pool to wrap up the first night of swimming action at the 2010 BIG EAST Conference Championships. Kim Holden, Samantha Maxwell, Lauren Scott and Amywren Miller went 1:39.31 for the new benchmark, vaulting Notre Dame on top of the leaderboard with 165 points. Louisville (148) is next in line as Pittsburgh (111) is third among the 11-team field.
The mark bettered the previous school record (1:39.29) set by the Irish at the league meet in 2009, as first-year swimmers Holden and Scott joined juniors Maxwell and Miller to post the NCAA B-cut performance.
"You could tell that there were some nerves working their way out in the first relay, but I was proud of the way we came back and took control in the closing race to end the day," Irish head coach Brian Barnes said. "We got good swims from underclassmen and veterans to give us great momentum heading into tomorrow."
The second day of swimming action will begin Thursday (Feb. 18) at Trees Pool with preliminary races starting at 10 a.m. (ET). Live stats will be available at UND.com.
800 Free Relay: Gracie Fredlake, Amy Prestinario, Megan Farrell and Lauren Sylvester tapped the wall in 7:22.57 for an NCAA B-cut ... West Virginia (7:10.03) finished first and broke the pool record set by Florida in 1979.
200 Medley Relay: The Irish bounced back with a win as the outcome was never in doubt with Holden going 25.77 in the opening sprint ... Maxwell (27.09), Scott (24.53) and Miller (21.92) stayed on top of the field to win by .63 seconds over Louisville (1:39.94).