Women's Swimming


Oct. 25, 1997

Notre Dame Women's Swimmers Win Two Relays

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame's women's swimming team won two events at the National Collegiate Aquatic Sports Championships at the International Swimming Hall of Fame Aquatic Complex in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Senior captain Linda Gallo and freshmen Kristen Van Saun led the Irish by swimming on both winning relays.

Gallo, Van Saun and freshmen Brenda Reilly and Carrie Nixon swam the 4x800 freestyle relay in 7:36.82, almost 10 seconds faster than second place Alabama. Gallo and Van Saun teamed with sophomore All-American Alison Newell to claim the 3x500 freestyle relay, setting a national college swimming record in the process. Notre Dame finished second in the 400 medley relay and third in the 300 butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke relays.

In the diving competition, the Irish pair of Francie McCoppin and Herb Huesman won the mixed three-meter diving event. Huesman and Tyler Maertz finished second in the men's one-meter competition. Freshman Karli Richards and Jessica Johnstone took third in the women's one-meter. Sophomore Gina Ketelhohn and Rhiana Saunders were fourth in the three-meter event.

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