Jan. 16, 2013
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - A day after earning the sixth BIG EAST Women's Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week award of her career, University of Notre Dame student-athlete Emma Reaney was named the Counsilman Hunsaker CollegeSwimming.com National Division I Women's Swimmer of the Week, the organization announced on Wednesday.
Reaney earned the honor after smashing the Rolfs 100 and 200 breaststroke records in helping the Irish pick up a pair of dual victories over Michigan and Northwestern last Saturday. Former USC Trojan and current Olympic swimmer Rebecca Soni previously set both records on Oct. 19, 2007.
The Lawrence, Kan., native began her day by lowering the 100 breast record from 1:00.81 to 59.79 to secure victory by over 2.5 seconds. Reaney next broke the 200-breast record, moving it from 2:11.47 to 2:10.75 in cruising to an easy six-plus second win. She closed out her day individually with a win in the 200 IM (2:00.83) before swimming the anchor leg of the winning 400 free relay team (3:24.73).
Reaney won three Honorable Mention All-America scrolls last season as a freshman and looks to add to that total this season as she has already automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 100 and 200 breast, the 200 IM and the 400 medley relay. She sits fourth in the country in the 200 breast (2:07.60) and 200 IM (1:55.05), ninth in the 100 breast (52.57) and 11th in the 400 IM (4:08.63). The 400 medley relay team of Kelly Ryan, Reaney, Kim Holden and Catherine Galletti are ninth in the country (3:35.16).
Notre Dame returns to action this Saturday when it heads to in-state rival Indiana for an 11 a.m. dual meet.