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    FIGHTING IRISH Sophomore Emma Reaney is 5-for-5 in wins so far at the BIG EAST Championships.
    FIGHTING IRISH
    Sophomore Emma Reaney is 5-for-5 in wins so far at the BIG EAST Championships.
    FIGHTING IRISH

    March 1, 2013

    Complete Results

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    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - On the strength of individual victories by sophomore Emma Reaney and senior Kim Holden and a BIG EAST meet and school record time in the 400 medley relay, the University of Notre Dame women's swimming and diving team moved to within 54 points of first place Louisville after day three of the 2013 BIG EAST Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium.  

    Entering the final day of competition, Louisville has 592 points, while Notre Dame has 538.

    The 400 medley relay team set a new BIG EAST meet and school standard as they went 3:34.86 to win the event for the fifth year in a row. The team of Kelly Ryan, Emma Reaney, Kim Holden and Catherine Galletti obtained another NCAA "A" cut in the event as they pulled away from second place Louisville (3:36:39).

    "It is so much fun to be a part of this relay team," said Reaney. "These girls can attest to the fact that we were being really goofy behind the blocks before the race started - even more than normal. The medley is so much fun because of all the different strokes and we are all very strong in those 100s."

    "It's always a really fun event for us because of the personalities on the team," said Holden. "We are always goofing off behind the blocks which helps calm us down. Everyone did their part tonight to set that school record."

    For the second time in eight hours Reaney lowered her own BIG EAST meet and school record by going 58.84 in the 100 breast to win her second individual title and fourth overall gold medal of the meet. "I've wanted to go 58 for a while now and seeing that tonight was really awesome," said Reaney.

    Heading into Saturday's final day, Reaney has finished first in all five events she has entered, which includes two individual events and three relays.

    Providing company for Reaney on the medal stand was junior Christen McDonough, who earned all-BIG EAST honors after finishing third in 1:01.18. Junior Lauren Stauder took eighth (1:02.77) and freshman Genevieve Bradford placed 13th (1:03.81).

    Holden (53.34) won the third 100 back title of her career by edging teammate Ryan (53.53) by just .19 seconds. The three titles make her just the seventh Irish women's swimmer or diver to earn three gold medals in one event.

    "It was obviously a really good feeling to get the win," said Holden. "We have a lot of really good depth in the event so it was fun to swim with so many of my teammates. I'm hoping I can swim at NCAAs and drop the time a little bit, but I'm really happy with the win."

    Also scoring for the Irish in the event were senior Lauren Scott (7th-55.16), sophomore Courtney Whyte (10th-55.19) and junior Sarah Dotzel (14th-56.25).   

    Earlier in the evening Holden lowered her own school record in the 100 fly (52.57) to take second. The Mount Kisco, N.Y., native battled Louisville's Kelsi Worrell all the way to the wall, but the freshman turned in another remarkable time in the finals of 51.55, equaling her BIG EAST record from the prelims.

    "Kelsi Worrell has been having an outstanding meet, so to be able to race her was a lot of fun," said Holden. "I had to remind myself to swim my own race and not focus on her too much and I think that helped. It's nice to know the BIG EAST is getting faster."

    Joining Holden in the 100 fly were Whyte (6th-54.93), L. Scott (8th-55.06), freshman Catherine Galletti (10th-54.80) and Dotzel (54.92).   

    Gracie Fredlake just missed out on her first all-BIG EAST citation of her career after an impressive swim in the 400 IM left her just .13 seconds behind the third place finisher Victoria Mitchell of Louisville. Fredlake took fourth in 4:16.89.

    Also scoring points for the Irish were Bridget Casey, who placed eighth in 4:21.66, and Melissa Scott, who claimed 14th in 4:21.58. 

    Sophomore Suzanne Bessire claimed sixth in the consolation finals of the 200 free to place 14th overall with a time of 1:51.83.

    Day four gets underway at 10 a.m. Saturday with the 200 back prelims. Fans can follow the BIG EAST meet through the league's championship central page. Live stats, live video, ticket information and a schedule of events are readily available at this page and a link is provided on UND.com. Fans should also follow Notre Dame women's swimming and diving on Facebook (NDwSwimmingDiving) and on Twitter (@NDwSwimming) for updates throughout the meet.

    BIG EAST Meet Records
    200 IM: Emma Reaney (1:56.37)
    100 Breast: Emma Reaney (58.84)
    400 Medley Relay: Kelly Ryan, Emma Reaney, Kim Holden, Catherine Galletti (3:34.86) 

    School Records
    800 Free Relay: Emma Reaney, Kelly Ryan, Suzanne Bessire, Jaime Malandra (7:10.84)
    200 Medley Relay: Lauren Scott, Emma Reaney, Kim Holden, Catherine Galletti (1:38.74)
    100 Fly: Kim Holden (52.57)
    100 Breast: Emma Reaney (58.84)
    400 Medley Relay: Kelly Ryan, Emma Reaney, Kim Holden, Catherine Galletti (3:34.86) 

    Notre Dame Wins
    800 Free Relay: Emma Reaney, Kelly Ryan, Suzanne Bessire, Jaime Malandra (7:10.84)
    200 Medley Relay: Lauren Scott, Emma Reaney, Kim Holden, Catherine Galletti (1:38.74)
    3-Meter: Jenny Chiang (329.85 points)
    200 IM: Emma Reaney (1:56.37)
    1-Meter: Allison Casareto (311.80 points)
    100 Breast: Emma Reaney (58.84)
    100 Back: Kim Holden (53.34)
    400 Medley Relay: Kelly Ryan, Emma Reaney, Kim Holden, Catherine Galletti (3:34.86) 

    NCAA A Cuts
    100 Breast: Emma Reaney (58.84)
    100 Breast: Emma Reaney (59.20)
    400 Medley Relay: Kelly Ryan, Emma Reaney, Kim Holden, Catherine Galletti (3:34.86) 

    NCAA B Cuts
    800 Free Relay: Emma Reaney, Kelly Ryan, Suzanne Bessire, Jaime Malandra (7:10.84)
    200 Medley Relay: Lauren Scott, Emma Reaney, Kim Holden, Catherine Galletti (1:38.74)
    200 IM: Emma Reaney (1:56.37)
    100 Back: Kim Holden (53.34) 

    BIG EAST Recap (Consolation Finals & Finals Results Only)
    *Indicates All-BIG EAST 

    Emma Reaney

    1st - 800 Free Relay*

    1st - 200 Medley Relay*

    1st - 400 Medley Relay* (Two-Time Champion)

    1st - 200 IM* (Two-Time Champion)

    1st - 100 Breast* (Two-Time Champion)

    Kim Holden

    1st - 200 Medley Relay* (Two-Time Champion)

    1st - 400 Medley Relay* (Four-Time Champion)

    1st - 100 Back* (Three-Time Champion)

    2nd - 200 Free Relay*

    2nd - 100 Fly*

    Kelly Ryan

    1st - 400 Medley Relay* (Three-Time Champion)

    1st - 800 Free Relay*

    2nd - 200 Free Relay*

    2nd - 100 Back*

    Jenny Chiang

    1st - 3-Meter Dive* (Four-Time Champion)

    3rd - 1-Meter Dive*

    Allison Casareto

    1st - 1-Meter Dive*

    3rd - 3-Meter Dive*          

    Catherine Galletti

    1st - 200 Medley Relay*

    1st - 400 Medley Relay*

    2nd - 200 Free Relay*

    10th - 100 Fly

    12th - 50 Free

    Lauren Scott

    1st - 200 Medley Relay* (Two-Time Champion)

    7th - 100 Back

    8th - 100 Fly

    11th - 200 IM

    Suzanne Bessire

    1st - 800 Free Relay* 

    14th - 200 Free

    Jaime Malandra

    1st - 800 Free Relay*

    16th - 500 Free

    Christen McDonough

    2nd - 200 Free Relay*

    3rd - 100 Breast*

    8th - 50 Free

    Gracie Fredlake

    4th - 400 IM

    7th - 500 Free

    Lindsey Streepey

    5th - 3-Meter Dive

    7th - 1-Meter Dive

    Emma Gaboury

    8th - 1-Meter Dive

    8th - 3-Meter Dive

    Courtney Whyte

    6th - 100 Fly

    10th - 100 Back

    Bridget Casey

    8th - 400 IM

    12th - 500 Free

    Genevieve Bradford

    10th - 200 IM

    13th - 100 Breast

    Sarah Dotzel

    11th - 100 Fly

    14th - 100 Back

    Melissa Scott

    14th - 400 IM

    16th - 200 IM

    Lauren Stauder

    8th - 100 Breast

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