Nov. 22, 1997
Notre Dame Moves into Second Place at Minnesota Invitational
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame's defending BIG EAST champion women's swimming team moved into second place on the second of three days of competition at the Minnesota Invitational at the University of Minneapolis, site of the 1998 NCAA women's swimming championships. The Irish are in second place with 559 points while the host Golden Gophers lead with 766. Notre Dame entered the day behind Wisconsin but edged past the Badgers, who have 552 points.
Notre Dame had its best results in the 200 by sweeping the top two spots and five of the top 12 in that event. Linda Gallo won the 200 free in 1:51.47 with Kristen Van Saun right behind in 1:51.87. All-American Shannon Suddarth took second in the 400 individual medley and sixth in the 100 breaststroke. Carrie Nixon and Liz Barger finished fourth and fifth in the 100 butterfly.
In the three-meter diving competition, Rhiana Saunders and Jessica Johnstone finished fifth and sixth while Gina Ketelhohn was eighth. The Irish 800 freestyle relay team placed second while the 200 medley relay team was sixth.