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    FIGHTING IRISH Junior Emma Reaney broke the American record in the 200-yard breaststroke Saturday night with a time of 2:04.34.
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    Junior Emma Reaney broke the American record in the 200-yard breaststroke Saturday night with a time of 2:04.34.
    FIGHTING IRISH

    Feb. 22, 2014

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    GREENSBORO, N.C. - Already a multi-time pool, school and conference record holder, University of Notre Dame junior Emma Reaney made national headlines Saturday night at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships as she broke the NCAA and American record in the 200-yard breaststroke with a remarkable time of 2:04.34. The mark is .14 seconds faster than Texas A&M senior and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist in the 4x100-meter medley relay Breeja Larson swam in 2012.

    “I dropped about a second off my best time,” said Reaney. “We’ve been discussing taking it out faster, and my coach (Barnes) has been telling me that if I am under a minute in the first 100, I am going to go 2:04, and that’s what happened tonight.”

    “Emma had a strategy going into the race – we believed she could get out through the first 100 yards in under a minute,” said head coach Brian Barnes. “She stuck to the plan and threw down something special. It’s not very often you get to see something special in our sport. It was a great way to finish the week, a week that was very good for the Irish.”

    As soon as Barnes saw the time he was immediately overcome with joy as he realized what Reaney had just accomplished.  

     “It was complete joy – joy for her, joy for the program and joy for Notre Dame. She has shown the country that you can go to an elite academic institution and swim fast.”   

    Reaney, meanwhile, didn’t know just how important her time would mean nationally.

    “It still hasn’t sunk in yet,” she said. “I didn’t hear or know anything (about the NCAA and American record) until my assistant coach gave me a hug and told me. It was definitely a shock to the system.”

    After winning three individual events with school, ACC and ACC meet record times to go along with her American record, the Lawrence, Kan., native was named the Most Valuable Female Swimmer of the meet. Last year she was selected as the BIG EAST’s Most Outstanding Swimmer after winning six titles (three individual, three relay) and earning all-BIG EAST honors seven times.  

    With Reaney as the highlight, the Irish turned in an outstanding week at the championships to claim sixth (802 points) in their opening ACC meet. The University of Virginia won its seventh straight championship with 1,433 points.

     “I’m very pleased with how this team performed this week,” said Barnes. “It wasn’t a perfect meet for us, but they laid a foundation for us to be successful in the ACC. We had to fight through some adversity and the team learned a lot about who they are in these last few days.”

    Personal bests were the norm throughout the week as all 20 Irish competitors either competed in finals or scored points.

    Saturday proved to be no different as junior Bridget Casey broke her own school record in the 200 fly to take fourth in the event (1:56.52).

    Overall, six school records fell and six Irish swimmers punched their ticket to the NCAA Championships. Reaney, senior Kelly Ryan, juniors Courtney Whyte and Suzanne Bessire and freshmen Catherine Mulquin and Katie Miller have automatically qualified, while a few others wait on the official word in the next week. The Irish divers will look to qualify for nationals at the NCAA Zone C diving meet in a few short weeks.    

    Final Team Standings
    1. Virginia – 1,433 Points
    2. North Carolina – 1,205 Points
    3. Florida State – 972 Points
    4. NC State – 950 Points
    5. Virginia Tech – 914.5 Points
    6. Notre Dame – 802 Points
    7. Duke – 592 Points
    8. Pittsburgh – 474.5 Points
    9. Miami – 470.5 Points
    10. Georgia Tech – 311.5 Points
    11. Boston College – 162 Points
    12. Clemson – 66 Points

    IRISH AT THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Most Valuable Swimmer
    Emma Reaney

    NCAA A Cuts (5)
    200 Medley Relay (3rd - 1:37.61): Catherine Mulquin / Emma Reaney / Courtney Whyte / Kelly Ryan (School Record)
    400 Medley Relay (2nd – 3:33.93): Catherine Mulquin / Emma Reaney / Courtney Whyte / Kelly Ryan (School Record)
    200 IM (1st - 1:54.92): Emma Reaney (School Record)
    100 Breast (1st – 58.46): Emma Reaney (School Record)
    200 Breast (1st – 2:04.34): Emma Reaney (School Record)

    NCAA B Cuts (21) (Finals Only)
    800 Free Relay (6th - 7:11.92) – Emma Reaney / Kelly Ryan / Katie Miller / Suzanne Bessire
    200 IM (10th - 1:58.81) – Katie Miller
    200 IM (19th - 2:00.46) – Genevieve Bradford
    400 IM (3rd – 4:10.92) – Katie Miller
    400 IM (12th – 4:18.07) – Bridget Casey
    100 Fly (14th – 54.08) – Courtney Whyte
    100 Fly (17th – 53.88) – Genevieve Heidkamp
    100 Fly (21st – 54.44) – Sarah Dotzel
    200 Free (9th – 1:46.42) – Kelly Ryan
    100 Breast (5th – 1:00.57) – Christen McDonough
    100 Breast (17th – 1:01.46) – Lauren Stauder
    100 Breast (19th - 1:02.36) – Danielle Margheret
    100 Back (18th – 53.06) – Courtney Whyte
    100 Back (19th – 54.08) – Catherine Mulquin
    200 Back (12th – 1:56.60) – Katie Miller
    200 Back (13th – 1:56.96) – Kelly Ryan
    200 Breast (13th – 2:14.49) – Lauren Stauder
    200 Breast (16th – 2:15.35) – Genevieve Bradford
    200 Breast (17th – 2:13.75) – Christen McDonough
    200 Fly (4th – 1:56.52) – Bridget Casey
    200 Fly (9th – 1:58.30) – Courtney Whyte

    American Records (1)
    200 Breast (2:04.34): Emma Reaney

    School Records (6)
    200 Medley Relay (3rd - 1:37.61) – Catherine Mulquin / Emma Reaney / Courtney Whyte / Kelly Ryan
    400 Medley Relay (2nd – 3:33.93): Catherine Mulquin / Emma Reaney / Courtney Whyte / Kelly Ryan
    200 IM (1st - 1:54.92): Emma Reaney
    100 Breast (1st – 58.46): Emma Reaney
    200 Breast (1st - 2:04.34): Emma Reaney
    200 Fly (4th – 1:56.52): Bridget Casey

    ACC Records (3)
    200 IM (1:54.92): Emma Reaney
    100 Breast (58.46): Emma Reaney
    200 Breast (2:04.34): Emma Reaney

    ACC Meet Records (3)
    200 IM (1:54.92): Emma Reaney (School Record)
    100 Breast (58.46): Emma Reaney (School Record)
    200 Breast (2:04.34): Emma Reaney (School Record)

    ACC Championships (3)
    200 IM (1:54.92): Emma Reaney (School Record)
    100 Breast (58.46): Emma Reaney (School Record)
    200 Breast (2:04.34): Emma Reaney (School Record)

    All-ACC Honors (4)
    200 IM (1st - 1:54.92): Emma Reaney (School Record)
    100 Breast (1st – 58.46): Emma Reaney (School Record)
    200 Breast (1st - 2:04.34): Emma Reaney (School Record)
    400 IM (3rd – 4:10.92) – Katie Miller

    INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (FINALS ONLY – Swimming / POINT SCORERS - Diving)
    Emma Reaney (Junior)
    1st- 200 IM (1:54.92 - School Record) – All-ACC
    1st - 100 Breast (58.46 - School Record) – All-ACC
    1st - 200 Breast (2:04.34 – School Record – All-ACC
    2nd – 400 Medley Relay (3:33.93 – School Record)
    3rd – 200 Medley Relay (1:37.61 – School Record)
    5th – 400 Free Relay (3:19.85)
    6th – 800 Free Relay (7:11.92)

    Courtney Whyte (Junior)
    2nd – 400 Medley Relay (3:33.93 – School Record)
    3rd – 200 Medley Relay (1:37.61 – School Record)
    9th - 200 Free Relay (1:32.71)
    9th – 200 Fly (1:58.30)
    14th – 100 Fly (54.08)
    18th – 100 Back (54.06)

    Kelly Ryan (Senior)
    2nd – 400 Medley Relay (3:33.93 – School Record)
    3rd – 200 Medley Relay (1:37.61 – School Record)
    5th – 400 Free Relay (3:19.85)  
    6th – 800 Free Relay (7:11.92)
    9th – 200 Free (1:46.42)
    13th – 200 Back (1:56.96)
    20th – 50 Free (23.16)

    Catherine Mulquin (Freshman)
    2nd – 400 Medley Relay (3:33.93 – School Record)
    3rd – 200 Medley Relay (1:37.61 – School Record)
    5th – 400 Free Relay (3:19.85)
    9th - 200 Free Relay (1:32.71)
    19th – 100 Back (54.08)
    20th  – 100 Free (50.20)

    Katie Miller (Freshman)
    3rd – 400 IM (4:10.92) – All-ACC
    6th – 800 Free Relay (7:11.92)
    10th - 200 IM (1:58.81)
    12th – 200 Back (1:56.60)

    Bridget Casey (Junior)
    4th – 200 Fly (1:56.52 – School Record)
    12th – 400 IM (4:18.07)
    T-21st – 500 Free (4:52.65)

    Christen McDonough (Senior)
    5th – 100 Breast (1:00.57)
    9th - 200 Free Relay (1:32.71)
    17th – 200 Breast (2:13.75)
    21st – 50 Free (23.18)

    Genevieve Bradford (Sophomore)
    5th – 400 Free Relay (3:19.85)
    16th – 200 Breast (2:15.35)
    19th - 200 IM (2:00.46)
    20th – 100 Breast (1:02.50)

    Lindsey Streepey (Sophomore)
    6th – 1-Meter Dive (315.00 points)
    12th – 3-Meter Dive (312.90 points)
    13th – Platform (246.60 points)

    Genevieve Heidkamp (Sophomore)
    9th - 200 Free Relay (1:32.71)
    17th – 100 Fly (53.88)
    22nd – 200 Fly (2:03.20)

    Emma Gaboury (Sophomore)
    11th – 1-Meter Dive (289.70 points)
    16th – Platform (233.05 points)
    18th – 3-Meter Dive (283.00 points)

    Allison Casareto (Junior)
    12th – 1-Meter Dive (282.20 points)
    13th – 3-Meter Dive (312.10 points)
    15th – Platform (240.60 points)

    Suzanne Bessire (Junior)
    6th – 800 Free Relay (7:11.92)
    23rd – 200 Free (1:50.00)

    Lauren Stauder (Senior)
    13th – 200 Breast (2:14.49)
    17th – 100 Breast (1:01.46)

    Melissa Scott (Junior)
    18th – 200 Fly (2:01.42)
    21st – 400 IM (4:24.32)

    Danielle Margheret (Sophomore)
    19th – 100 Breast (1:02.36)
    21st  - 200 Breast (2:16.08)

    Christine Stitcher (Freshman)
    22nd – Platform (213.75 points)
    24th – 3-Meter Dive (263.90 points)

    Molly Barry (Freshman)
    20th – 1,650 Free (17:09.57)

    Sarah Dotzel (Senior)
    21st – 100 Fly (54.44)

    Anna Grainger (Sophomore)
    23rd – 400 IM (4:26.21)

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