Nov. 10, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The University of Notre Dame women's swimming team fell to BIG EAST rival Louisville, 162-138, Saturday at Rolfs Aquatic Center. Each team won eight events, but the No. 19/22 Cardinals used their depth in the distance freestyle events to pull away from the No. 18/20 Irish.
Picking up individual wins for the Irish were Emma Reaney (100 Breast, 200 Breast, 200 IM), Kim Holden (100 Back, 200 Back), Catherine Galletti (50 Free) and Jenny Chiang (1M Dive), while Holden, Reaney, Galletti and Kelly Ryan were a part of the 200 medley relay team.
Holden's time of 1:58.73 in the 200 back was an NCAA B-cut as was Reaney's times in the 100 breast (1:00.95), 200 breast (2:13.57) and 200 IM (1:59.70).
"We had a hard time carrying momentum today after we won events," said head coach Brian Barnes. "We got off to a great start with a win in the 200 medley but couldn't sustain that momentum we gathered from the win. There were some great swims today with Emma looking strong in all three events. We'll keep prepping for a competitive meet next weekend in Kansas."
The Irish return to action next weekend when they head to Topeka, Kan., for the Kansas Women's Classic from Nov. 16-18.
200 Medley Relay: The Irish started off the meet on the right foot with an impressive 200 medley relay, as the Notre Dame A team took first, while the Irish B team finished second ... the team of Kim Holden, Emma Reaney, Catherine Galletti and Kelly Ryan finished in 1:41.64 - over two seconds faster than the B team of Sarah Dotzel, Lauren Stauder, Lauren Scott and Christen McDonough, who finished in 1:44.05 ... the Cardinals took the third spot to pick up two points.
1,000 Free: Louisville swept the top three spots in the 1,000 free as Victoria Mitchell finished first in 10:05.77 ... Abby Chin took second in 10:10.40, and Carly Munchel finished third in 10:15.64 ... Bridget Casey was the first Irish swimmer to touch the pad, finishing in 10:20.49 ... she was followed closely by fellow sophomore Erin Foley (10:21.62).
200 Free: Louisville's Kelsi Worrell (1:47.78) and Breann McDowell (1:50.63) took first and second in the 200 free to pick up 13 points towards the Cardinals' score ... Kelly Ryan (1:51.08), Suzanne Bessire (1:51.08) and Genevieve Bradford (1:51.14) claimed the final three scoring spots.
100 Back: Holden gave the Irish their first individual win of the day as she barely edged Louisville's Eszter Povazsay at the wall ... Holden finished in 55.23, while Povazsay touched in 55.31 ... after a pair of Cardinals touched the wall, Dotzel took fifth in 57.36.
100 Breast: Reaney (1:00.95) continued her dominance in the 100 breast as she dominated the event by over three seconds over Louisville's Gisselle Kohoyda (1:04.08) ... the win was revenge of sorts for Reaney, as Kohoyda was the only swimmer to defeat Reaney head-to-head at last year's BIG EAST Championships ... Kohoyda took first over Reaney in the 200 breast last season .... Stauder took third in 1:04.82, while Lucy Kramer of Louisville (1:05.26) and Notre Dame's Sydney Golic (1:08.05) closed out the last two spots.
200 Fly: Louisville's Tanja Kyllianinen took first in the 200 fly by over two and a half seconds, winning the event in 1:59.04 ... Casey took second for Notre Dame, finishing in 2:01.74 ... The Cardinals' Devon Bibault took third in 2:02.42 and Notre Dame's Melissa Scott (2:04.57) and Courtney Whyte (2:05.16) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
50 Free: Galletti continued her impressive freshman campaign with a win in the 50 free ... she touched the wall in 23.58, just .14 ahead of Louisville's Krissie Brandenburg ... McDonough took third for the Irish (24.01) ... Rachel Lewis of Louisville finished fourth (24.04) and Notre Dame's Lauren Scott placed fifth (24.24).
1M Dive: Jenny Chiang won the 1M dive as she dominated the field with 338.25 points ... Louisville's Hannah Gadd took second with 308.85 points, while sophomore Allison Casareto took third with 292.12 points ... Louisville's Lindsey Stephens finished fourth with 287.54 points and Notre Dame's Emma Gaboury claimed fifth with 274.35 points.
100 Free: Louisville's Kelsi Worrell (50.42) took first in the 100 free to pick up nine points for the Cardinals ... Galletti placed second in 51.31, followed by Louisville's Grite Apanaviciute (51.51) ... Bessire claimed fourth in 51.66, while Breann McDowell of Louisville in 52.05.
200 Back: Holden won her second event of the day, taking first in the 200 back with a time of 1:58.73) ... Ryan was in hot pursuit of her teammate, taking second in 1:59.29 ... The Cardinals took third, fourth and fifth place to claim the final six points of the event.
200 Breast: Reaney got the best of Kohoyda again, this time in the 200 breast, as the sophomore blew past the Cardinal swimmer by over three seconds ... Reaney touched the pad in 2:13.57, followed by Kohoyda in 2:16.70 ... Louisville's Lucy Kramer took third in 2:20.34 ... Irish swimmers Stauder (2:21.30) and McDonough (2:24.85) took the last two scoring spots.
500 Free: Louisville took the top three spots in the 500 free as Victoria Mitchell (4:57.02), Abby Chin (4:57.90) and Carly Munchel (4:59.82) gobbled up 16 points for the Cardinals ... Casey (5:00.89) and Jaime Malandra (5:02.49) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
100 Fly: Louisville's Kelsi Worrell took first in the 100 fly with a time of 54.14 ... Holden took second in 54.94 ... The Cardinals took third, fourth and fifth to total 15 points for the event.
3M Dive: Louisville's Lindsey Stephens got the best of the Irish divers in the 3M competition as she scored 337.95 points to out-distance the field ... Jenny Chiang took second with 316.73, while the Cardinals' Hannah Gadd placed third with 293.93 points ... Louisville's Emily Stalmack took fourth with 284.25 points, while Allison Casareto placed fifth with 277.88 points.
200 IM: Reaney won her third individual event of the afternoon as she breezed to another win, stopping the clock in 1:59.70 ... she edged out Tanja Kylliainen (2:03.02) for the top spot ... Louisville also took third through fifth to get 10 points total added to its score.
400 Free Relay: Louisville finished off its meet win with a victory in the 400 free relay ... the Cardinals touched in 3:23.15 while Notre Dame's A squad finished just behind in 3:25.14 ... swimming for the Irish were Ryan, Galletti, Genevieve Bradford and Bessire ... Louisville also took third in the event.