Nov. 16, 2013
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Just 14 hours after finishing up a convincing 219-60 win over in-state foe Valparaiso Friday night, the University of Notre Dame women's swimming and diving team was back in the pool for a dual with No. 24 Wisconsin Saturday morning at Rolfs Aquatic Center. In the two-plus hour meet, the Irish showed no signs of fatigue as they won 10 of the 16 events on their way to a decisive 171-126 win over a ranked Badgers squad in front of 224 fans.
Notre Dame looked crisp from the very beginning as it won the 400 medley relay (3:44.10) behind freshman Catherine Mulquin, junior Emma Reaney, freshman Katie Miller and senior Kelly Ryan on its way to claiming five of the first six events.
Leading the way for the Irish was three-event winner Reaney and two-event victors Miller and Allison Casareto. Reaney claimed the 100 free (1:50.42) in addition to her usual 100 (1:02.04 - NCAA B cut) and 200 (2:17.22) breaststroke sweep. Miller won the 100 back (56.36) and 400 IM (4:21.40), while Casareto swept the boards, scoring 321.07 on the 1-meter and 329.40 on the 3-meter. Other individual event winners were junior Bridget Casey (200 fly - 2:02.29) and Ryan (200 back - 1:59.96).
"I think we have been doing much better this season than any other season that I have been here at Notre Dame," said Casareto. "Everyone is really focused and on the right track. We are exactly where we need to be right now. This year shows major improvement. I'm really excited especially since we are competing against ACC teams for the first time at the conference meet."
"I thought it was a good meet for everyone," said Ryan. "We are all tired from training but we worked through the pain. We all are really competitive and we love to race and that is what it comes down to at the end. You have to have the will to win."
The Irish (4-3) have won four dual meets in a row after an 0-3 start and will now have three weeks to prepared for the fall finale in Iowa City, Iowa - the elite Hawkeye Invitational.
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Notre Dame 171, Wisconsin 126
Notre Dame Event Wins
200 Free (1:50.42) - Emma Reaney
100 Back (56.36) - Katie Miller
100 Breast (1:02.04 - NCAA B Cut) - Emma Reaney
200 Fly (2:02.29) - Bridget Casey
1-Meter Dive (321.07) - Allison Casareto
200 Back (1:59.96) - Kelly Ryan
200 Breast (2:17.22) - Emma Reaney
3-Meter Dive (329.40) - Allison Casareto
400 IM (4:21.40) - Katie Miller
Notre Dame Runner-Up Finishes
200 Free (1:51.03) - Kelly Ryan
100 Back (56.63) - Catherine Galletti
100 Breast (1:04.64) - Christen McDonough
1-Meter Dive (297.15) - Lindsey Streepey
200 Free (2:02.63) - Courtney Whyte
100 Fly (55.91) - Catherine Galletti
3-Meter Dive (310.73) - Lindsey Streepey
Old Record - Amywren Miller (ND) - 22.72 (1-16-10)
New Record - Ivy Martin (Wis) - 22.67
400 Medley Relay - Freshman Catherine Mulquin went out even with Wisconsin's Annie Tamblyn over the first 100 yards ... junior All-American Emma Reaney put the Irish in front with a powerful second leg ... freshman Katie Miller and senior All-American Kelly Ryan held on for the first Irish win of the day with a time of 3:44.10 ... the Irish quartet of Courtney Whyte, Lauren Stauder, Melissa Scott and Suzanne Bessire took third in the event (3:52.31).
200 Freestyle - The tandem of Reaney and Ryan went out fast and used a strong third 50 yards to take command of the race ... Reaney touched first for Notre Dame in 1:50.42 with Ryan finishing close behind in 1:51.03 ... the two took first and second for Notre Dame, giving the Irish the lead again in the meet, 31-24.
100 Backstroke - Miller added another victory on the day, this time of the individual variety, with a time of 56.36 ... the Irish also swept the top three places with Galletti (56.63) and Mulquin (56.76) taking second and third place, respectively.
100 Breaststroke - Reaney registered her third victory of the day as she separated from the field early and cruised to a 1:02.04 showing ... senior Christine McDonough took the silver for Notre Dame with a time of 1:04.64.
200 Butterfly - Casey went out early for Notre Dame and held on for a close win with a time of 2:02.29 ... at the time, it was the fifth Irish win on the day and fourth in a row ... junior Courtney Whyte finished close behind with a 2:02.69 performance.
50 Freestyle - Galletti earned the bronze in a fast heat with a time of 24.03 ... Christen McDonough took fifth for the Irish, touching the pad in 24.23 seconds ... Wisconsin's Ivy Martin (22.67) broke the pool record of 22.72 set by Amywren Miller of Notre Dame in 2010.
1-meter Diving - Junior Allison Casareto dominated the field while collecting 321.07 points ... sophomore Lindsey Streepey (297.15) and classmate Emma Gaboury (281.55) completed the sweep for Notre Dame with their second and third place finishes, respectively.
100 Freestyle - Mulquin registered a time of 52.75 in the event as the top Irish finisher in third place.
200 Backstroke - Ryan went out fast over the first 100 yards and cruised home for the victory, clocking in at 1:59.96 ... Whyte gave the Irish a one-two finish in the event as she took the silver in a time of 2:02.63.
200 Breaststroke - Reaney continued to impress with her fourth gold medal on the day as she pulled away from the field and stopped the clock at 2:17.22 ... Stauder won the bronze medal for Notre Dame in 2:22.73.
500 Freestyle - Miller led the Irish with her third-place finish in distance event with a 5:02.12 showing ... Foley finished in fifth place with a time of 5:11.43.
100 Butterfly - Galletti and Whyte teamed up to take the silver and bronze medals as they touched the pad at 55.91 and 56.41, respectively.
400 Individual Medley - Miller collected her third win of the dual meet as she used a dominant first 100 yards of butterfly to pull into the lead, which she would not relinquish in route to a time of 4:21.40 ... Casey stopped the clock at 4:29.80 in fourth-place.
3-meter Diving - Casareto swept the boards as she also took the 3-meter gold with a final score of 329.40 ... Streepey added her second silver medal of the afternoon as she tallied 310.73 points.
-- Russell Dorn, Assistant Media Relations Director and Andrew Bartolini, Media Relations Office Worker