May 7, 2013
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -
After earning NCAA All-America honors in March at the 2013 NCAA Championships, five members of the University of Notre Dame women's swimming and diving team have earned similar honors from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), the organization announced Tuesday.
Sophomore standout Emma Reaney earned first team All-America honors, while seniors Kim Holden and Jenny Chiang, junior Kelly Ryan and freshman Catherine Galletti all received honorable mention All-America accolades.
Reaney received her first team All-America honors after taking fifth in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, ninth in the 200 IM and 13th in the 400 medley relay.
Holden placed 13th in the 200 back and 400 medley relay, Chiang took 12th in the 3-meter dive, Ryan claimed 13th in the 400 medley relay and 200 back and Galletti placed 13th in the 400 medley relay to earn honorable mention All-America accolades.
The Irish turned in a historic championships for the program as they accumulated 55 points over the three-day event to finish in 16th place overall out of the 43 scoring schools. The 16th place finish is the highest in program history, surpassing the 18th place finish at the 2000 NCAA Championships. The 55 points by Notre Dame is the second most in program history, trailing only the 2000 total of 74.5 points. Notre Dame earned seven All-America scrolls (counting the relay as one scroll), which is tied for the second most in program history with the 2002 total and trialing only the 2000 total of 10. In total, the Irish received 10 All-America honors over the course of the weekend when counting the relay to each participating swimmer.
All-America Honors are conferred upon those athletes who finish in the top-8 of an individual or relay event at their respective NCAA Championship. Athletes who finish in places 9-16 in the consolation finals of individual or relay events at their respective NCAA Championship receive Honorable Mention All-America recognition.
Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) - the oldest organization of college coaches in America - is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming at the collegiate level.