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Eight Qualify For Day Four Finals Session
Freshman Suzanne Bessire qualified for the finals in the 100 free on Saturday morning.
 
Freshman Suzanne Bessire qualified for the finals in the 100 free on Saturday morning.

Feb. 18, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - In the final prelims session of the BIG EAST Swimming Championships, the Notre Dame women's team qualified eight for the finals and six for the consolation finals on Saturday morning at Trees Pool.

Leading the charge for the Irish was sophomore Kelly Ryan, who turned in impressive showings in the 100 free and 200 back as she qualified first in both events. Also qualifying for finals were Kim Holden (200 back), Suzanne Bessire (100 free), Amy Prestinario (100 free), Emma Reaney (200 breast), Bridget Casey (200 fly) and Melissa Scott (200 fly).

Notre Dame has multiple qualifiers in the finals of the 200 back, 100 free and 200 fly.

Qualifying for consolation finals were Gracie Fredlake (200 back), Hannah Bowen (100 free), Lauren Scott (100 free), Lauren Stauder (200 breast), Christen McDonough (200 breast) and Courtney Whyte (200 fly).

Saturday night's events get underway at 6 p.m. with the consolation finals of the women's 200 backstroke. Senior recognition will take place at approximately 5:35 p.m. As a reminder to fans, a live stream of the entire meet can be found at BIGEAST.org.

Complete Results

200 Back: Ryan and Holden both qualified for the 200 back finals, as Ryan took first in 1:56.25 and Holden claimed fourth in a season-best time of 1:58.92. Ryan cruised through her heat, as she bested the next best qualifier by 1.80 seconds. Qualifying for the consolation finals was Fredlake, who placed 12th in 2:01.41.


 

 

100 Free: Three Irish 100 freestylers qualified for the finals as Ryan (49.95), Bessire (50.67) and Prestinario (50.77) placed first, fifth and seventh, respectively. Qualifying for the consolations were Bowen (12th, 51.13) and L. Scott (13th, 51.18). Bessire, Bowen and L. Scott all registered season bests.  

200 Breast: Reaney qualified second for the 200 breast finals as she cruised through the water in a season-best time of 2:12.14. Placing first was Louisville's Gisselle Kohoyda (2:09.02), who set a new meet and pool record topping former Notre Dame great Samantha Maxwell.

Qualifying for the consolation finals was Stauder (10th, 2:16.77) and McDonough (12th, 2:17.11). McDonough's mark was a season best.

200 Fly: Casey touched the pad in third to lead the way for the Irish. Her time of 1:59.82 was a season best. Also qualifying for the finals was M. Scott, who finished sixth in 2:01.00. Qualifying for the consolation finals was Whyte, who placed 11th in a season-best time of 2:02.42. Senior Emily Barton finished 17th in a season-best time of 2:03.94 and is the first alternate in case someone scratches above her.  

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September 30
W, 169-54 (MSU); W, 154-69 (Iowa)
Michigan State/Iowa
East Lansing, Mich. (McCaffree Pool)
RECAP
October 7
5:00 PM
Dennis Stark Relays
Notre Dame, Ind. (Rolfs Aquatic Center)
October 8
11:00 AM
Indiana State
Notre Dame, Ind. (Rolfs Aquatic Center)
October 21
4:00 PM
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, GA. (Herb McAuley Aquatic Center)
October 22
11:00 AM
Georgia Tech
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October 28
All Day
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Notre Dame, Ind. (Rolfs Aquatic Center)
November 4
5:00 PM
Pittsburgh/Virginia Tech
Pittsburgh, PA. (Trees Pool)
November 5
11:00 AM
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November 17
All Day
Greensboro Invitational
Greensboro, NC. (Greensboro Aquatic Center)
November 18
All Day
Greensboro Invitational
Greensboro, NC. (Greensboro Aquatic Center)
November 19
All Day
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Greensboro, NC. (Greensboro Aquatic Center)
January 12
5:00 PM
Illinois/Iowa
Notre Dame, Ind. (Rolfs Aquatic Center)
January 13
11:00 AM
Illinois/Iowa
Notre Dame, Ind. (Rolfs Aquatic Center)
January 14
1:00 PM
Northwestern
Evanston, IL
January 20
3:00 PM
Louisville
Louisville, KY
January 21
1:00 PM
IUPUI
Indianapolis, IN
January 27
5:00 PM
Shamrock Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Rolfs Aquatic Center)
January 28
10:00 AM
Shamrock Invitational
Notre Dame, Ind. (Rolfs Aquatic Center)
February 4
1:00 PM
Ball State
Muncie, IN
February 11
All Day
Michigan 1st Chance Invite
Ann Arbor, MI
February 12
All Day
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Ann Arbor, MI
February 15
All Day
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TBD
February 16
All Day
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TBD
February 17
All Day
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TBD
February 18
All Day
ACC Championships
TBD
March 9
All Day
Diving Zone Championships
Bloomington, IN
March 10
All Day
Diving Zone Championships
Bloomington, IN
March 11
All Day
Diving Zone Championships
Bloomington, IN
March 15
All Day
NCAA Championships
Indianapolis, IN
March 16
All Day
NCAA Championships
Indianapolis, IN
March 17
All Day
NCAA Championships
Indianapolis, IN
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All Day
NCAA Championships
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