Nov. 2, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The University of Notre Dame women's swimming and diving team won nine of 16 events, but dropped both relays to No. 19/24 Purdue as the Boilermakers slipped past the No. 18/22 Irish, 152-148, in dual meet action on Friday evening at Rolfs Aquatic Center.
The usual suspects picked up wins for Notre Dame (0-2) on Friday as Kim Holden (100 and 200 back, 100 fly), Emma Reaney (400 IM, 100 breast and 200 breast) and Allison Casareto (1-meter, 3-meter) all won multiple events for the Irish. Also coming up victorious was sophomore Bridget Casey in the 200 fly.
However, the Irish were undone by a costly disqualification in the opening relay (400 IM Relay) that put the squad in an early 13-4 hole.
"The team did a nice job of bouncing back from the DQ in the first relay to have a great shot at winning the meet," said head coach Brian Barnes. "However, we can't have those kind of mistakes. We felt we let one slip away tonight despite some incredible performances from Kim, Emma and our divers especially. We will work on some of the mistakes we made tonight and get ready for two more meets at home next weekend against conference opponents."
Notre Dame returns to the water next weekend when it welcomes in BIG EAST foes Pittsburgh (5 p.m. Friday) and Louisville (1 p.m. Saturday). Both meets can be followed online via live results, with links for both meets on UND.com.
400 Medley Relay: Purdue's "A" relay squad of Amy Katz, Emily Fogle, Rhiannon Sheets, and Lauren Gustafson took first place (3:45.22) ... the Notre Dame "B" quartet of Courtney Whyte, Lauren Stauder, Melissa Scott, and Genevieve Bradford earned second place (3:51.70) ... the Notre Dame "A" relay squad was disqualified after an early take-off.
1,000 Free: The Purdue tandem of Allie Davis (10:07.33) and Caitlin Hamilton (10:09.19) took the top two spots ... Notre Dame's Bridget Casey (10:10.22) came in third.
200 Free: Carly Mercer (1:49.61) of Purdue claimed first place ... Irish swimmer Kelly Ryan (1:50.99) touched the wall second ... Suzanne Bessire (1:52.90) came in fifth for the Irish.
100 Back: Kim Holden (54.69) blazed to an easy win for the Irish, besting the field by nearly three seconds ... Sarah Dotzel (57.95) took third place to round out the podium.
100 Breast: Emma Reaney (1:01.20) held off Purdue challenger Fogle (1:01.76) to secure first place points for the Irish ... Stauder (1:05.59) touched the wall fourth in the event.
200 Fly: Casey (2:01.98) charged ahead to out-touch Purdue's Sheets (2:02.20) for another Irish victory ... Scott (2:03.05) and Whyte (2:04.63) took third and fourth place for Notre Dame, respectively.
50 Free: In the shortest event of the meet, one hundredth of a second was not enough to differentiate Purdue's Gustafson and Mercer who tied for first place, hitting the pads simultaneously at 23.48 ... Notre Dame's Cat Galletti (23.50) was a fingertip behind, settling for third place ... Christen McDonough (24.33) came in fifth place.
1M Dive: Allison Casareto won the opening diving competition of the night as she took the 1-meter dive by just under five points. Teammate Jenny Chiang finished second with 313.12 to give Notre Dame the sweep.
100 Free: The Irish took second and third in the 100 free as Kelly Ryan and Suzaenne Bessire finished within .72 seconds of each other ... Ryan finished in 51.09, while Bessire touched the pad in 51.82 ... Purdue's Carly Mercer ran away with the race as she finished almost a second ahead of Ryan in 50.14 ... the Boilermakers also took fourth and fifth to score 12 points total in the race.
200 Back: Kim Holden glided through the water in the 100 back on her way to an easy win by almost six seconds ... the senior touched in 1:58.51, finishing well ahead of Purdue's Colleen Drew (2:04.85) ... Senior Gracie Fredlake took third in 2:05.82 and freshman Anna Grainger claimed fourth in 2:06.21.
200 Breast: It was business as usual for Emma Reaney in the 200 breast as she cruised to the win in 2:13.04 ... she topped second place Francesca Marr by over 3.5 seconds (2:16.66) ... Lauren Stauder (2:19.94) and Sydney Golic (2:25.19) took fourth and fifth, respectively.
500 Free: Purdue swept the top three spots in the 500 free led by Allie Davis, who touched the pad in 4:57.51 ... Kelly Ryan took fourth to lead the Irish with a time of 5:01.45.
100 Fly: Kim Holden cruised to another victory, this time in the 100 fly, as she finished in 54.46 ... Alex Todd of Purdue took second in 55.78 ... Catherine Galletti claimed fourth with a time of 56.61.
400 IM: Emma Reaney won her second event of the evening with a win in the 400 IM ... Reaney blew past the field to win by almost nine seconds as she finished in 4:19.88 ... Purdue's Francesca Marr took second in 4:28.10 before a pair of Irish swimmers finished third and fourth ... Gracie Fredlake took third in 4:31.59, while Melissa Scott took fourth in 4:31.81.
3M Dive: Allison Casareto took first in the 3-meter dive, totaling 327.67 points to edge out Purdue's Madelyn Miskulin (321.68) by almost seven points ... the Irish also claimed third and fourth as Jenny Chiang (320.25) and Emma Gaboury (293.18) provided five points towards the team score.
400 Free Relay: The 400 free relay was neck and neck entering the final lap, but freshman Genevieve Bradford banged her foot on the turn allowing Purdue to pull ahead for the win ... the Boilermakers finished in 3:23.30, with the Irish team of Suzanne Bessire, Kelly Ryan, Catherine Galletti and Bradford taking second in 3:27.76.