Nov. 23, 1997
Women's Swimming Finishes Third At Minnesota Invitational
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.- Notre Dame's defending BIG EAST champion women's swimming and diving team finished third out of five teams at Minnesota Invitational at the University Aquatic Center Dorothy L. Sheppard Pool, site of the 1998 NCAA women's swimming championships. Minnesota won the meet with 1174 points while Wisconsin edged Notre Dame for second place by five points, 770-765.
Senior Linda Gallo led the Irish by winning the 1650 freestyle in 16:34.43, edging Minnesota's Olga Splichalova by two and a half seconds. Sophomore All-American Alison Newell took second in the 200 butterfly while sophomore Liz Barger was sixth. Freshman Carrie Nixon and sophomore All-American Shannon Suddarth each added second place finishes, Nixon in the 100 freestyle and Suddarth in the 200 breaststroke.
Freshman Tiffany O'Brien was fourth in the 200 backstroke while freshman Kristen Van Saun was sixth in the 100 freestyle. The Irish relay team of Gallo, Van Saun, Nixon and Katie Collins finished second in the 400 freestyle relay.