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    A Look Back At Emma Reaney's Remarkable 2013-14 Season

    FIGHTING IRISH Emma Reaney's fantastic 2013-14 season saw her produce program firsts both in and out of the pool.
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    Emma Reaney's fantastic 2013-14 season saw her produce program firsts both in and out of the pool.
    FIGHTING IRISH

    June 30, 2014

    NOTRE DAME, Ind. – A season that ended with a national championship in the 200-yard breaststroke in March began way back in June and really before that for University of Notre Dame rising senior women’s swimming standout Emma Reaney.

    After showing improvement in each of her first two years while dominating the BIG EAST, 2013-14 proved to be a breakout year for the Lawrence, Kan., native as she crashed the NCAA party in March by winning the NCAA Championship in the 200 breaststroke, thus proving once again that quality swimming can go hand in hand with an excellent education under the Golden Dome. 

    “I was thinking about it (the 200 breast race) all day before the night session,” Reaney said a couple of days after the race. “I really wanted to win a national championship for Notre Dame. It was a super proud moment when I touched the wall and I felt pure joy and pride when I looked up and saw my entire NCAA team waiting for me. I just started crying. 

    “I don’t think I’ll ever be able to put into words how proud I am to be part of this team and university. I’m so happy that I’m here.”

    During the year Reaney won 31 individual races and 13 relays and went undefeated in the 200 breast, 100 free, 100 fly and 200 fly events. In addition to her three titles at the ACC Championships, the tri-captain earned five ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Week awards and swept the league’s end of the year athletic and academic awards that are presented to swimming & diving student-athletes.

    A couple of days after the national championship, Reaney still had a lot of emotions swirling around in her head as she talked about her teammates and the support she had at NCAAs.

    “Right before the 200 breast finals my teammates and coaches all clapped their hands in unison and yelled ‘let’s go Emma.’ It was so loud and it definitely helped push me through. In addition, having eight ND caps on deck at NCAAs really forced people to pause and take a look at our program. It speaks to the recruiting which our coaches are doing that three different classes were represented at NCAAs this year. It’s definitely a whole new ballgame when so many girls are there (at NCAAs). It was an absolute blast to be part of. This season definitely got me excited for this summer and my final year at ND.”


     

     

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    As Reaney continues training with SwimMAC Carolina in preparation for her final collegiate season, let’s take a look back at her junior season in review.  

    June 25-29, 2013: Qualifies for two “B” finals in the 100 breast and 200 IM at the Phillips 66 National Championships / World Championship Trials in Indianapolis.  

    July 30-Aug. 3, 2013: Qualifies for the finals in the 200 fly, 200 breast, 100 fly, 100 breast and 200 IM at the U.S. Open … finishes second in the 200 breast, third in the 100 breast and fourth in the 200 IM to highlight meet. 

    Sept. 4, 2013: Named to the 2013-14 USA Swimming National Team in the 100 and 200 breaststroke following performance at the U.S. Open.

    Oct. 16, 2013: Selected ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Week after winning two individual events and two relays at the Dennis Stark Relays and in dual meets against nationally ranked opponents Auburn and Indiana.

    Nov. 6, 2013: Tabbed ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Week for the second time after winning three individual events and a relay in a dual meet at Purdue.

    Nov. 20, 2013: Named ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Week for the third time after claiming five individual victories and a relay win in dual victories over Valparaiso and then-No. 24 Wisconsin.

    Dec. 11, 2013: Selected ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Week for the fourth time after swimming A cuts in the 200 breast and 200 IM in addition to breaking several pool and meet records at the Hawkeye Invitational … overall, she won six events and finished second in two others and broke her own school record in the 200 breast … she also moved into first in the country in the 200 breast for the first time in 2013.

    Jan. 14, 2014: Tabbed ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Week for the fifth time after winning the 100 and 200 breast events in addition to the 200 fly and 400 free relay.

    Feb. 22, 2014: Closes out ridiculous ACC Championships by breaking NCAA / U.S. Open / American record in winning the 200 breast … also won the 100 breast and 200 IM, earned all-ACC honors in all three events and was named the Most Valuable Female Swimmer of the meet.

    Feb. 26, 2014: Named the Women’s Division I Phillip Hunsaker CollegeSwimming.com Swimmer of the Week for the second time in her career after incredible ACC Championships performance.

    Feb. 27, 2014: Announces that she’ll train at the elite SwimMAC Carolina during the summer of 2014.

    March 22, 2014: Wraps up NCAA Championships by breaking own American record in the 200 breast and winning the school’s first NCAA Championship in swimming or diving … also earned All-America honors in the 100 breast and 200 IM.

    April 3, 2014: Named ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Year.

    April 10, 2014: Selected ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year due to impressive athletic accomplishments coupled with a 3.6+ GPA in design with a minor in business economics from the College of Arts & Letters.

    May 15, 2014: Received first team Capital One Academic All-District V At-Large honors.

    June 5, 2014: Wrapped up incredibly successful 2013-14 campaign by earning first team Capital One Academic At-Large All-America accolades … became the first swimmer or diver on either the men’s or women’s side at Notre Dame to earn first team honors.

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    Reaney’s 2013-14 Season Race-By-Race

    100 Breast (8 Wins)

    3. NCAA Championships (58.08 – Prelims / 3rd – 57.79 – Finals) – All-American

    1. ACC Championships: (59.09 – Prelims / 1st – 58.46 – Finals) – NCAA A

    2. Hawkeye Invitational: (59.49 – Prelims / 2nd – 59.22 – Finals) – NCAA B

    1. Shamrock Invitational: (1:00.71 – NCAA B)

    1. Michigan/Northwestern/Rutgers: (1:00.77 – NCAA B)

    1. Auburn/Indiana: (1:00.94 – NCAA B)

    1. Louisville: (1:01.01 – NCAA B)

    1. Pitt/Virginia Tech: (1:01.31 – NCAA B)

    1. Purdue: (1:01.94 – NCAA B)

    1. Wisconsin (1:02.04 – NCAA B)

     

    200 Breast (9 Wins)

    1. NCAA Championships (2:05.29 – Prelims / 1st – 2:04.06 – Finals) – All-American – NCAA Champion – Notre Dame / ACC / NCAA / U.S. Open / American Records

    1. ACC Championships: (2:08.71  – Prelims – NCAA B / 2:04.34 – Finals – ACC Champion – NCAA A / Notre Dame / ACC / NCAA / U.S. Open / American Records)

    1. Hawkeye Invitational: (2:07.64 – Prelims / 2:05.85 – Finals) – NCAA A

    1. Louisville: (2:11.12 – NCAA B)

    1. Shamrock Invitational: (2:12.38 – NCAA B)

    1. Pitt/Virginia Tech: (2:12.55 – NCAA B)

    1. Purdue (2:13.55 – NCAA B)

    1. Michigan/Northwestern/Rutgers: (2:14.09 – NCAA B)

    1. Wisconsin (2:17.22)

     

    200 IM (5 Wins)

    4. NCAA Championships: (1:55.01 – Prelims)

    1. Hawkeye Invitational: (1:55.18 – Prelims / 1:55.65 – Finals) – Both NCAA A

    1. ACC Championships (1:56.36 – Prelims – NCAA B / 1:54.92 – Finals – NCAA A)

    7. NCAA Championships: (1:56.15 – Finals) – All-American

    1. Shamrock Invitational: (1:58.42 – NCAA B/Rolfs Pool Record)

    1. Pitt/Virginia Tech: (2:01.30 – NCAA B)

    1. Louisville: (2:02.27 – NCAA B)

     

    100 Fly (3 Wins)

    1. Shamrock Invitational: (53.99 – NCAA B)

    1. Michigan/Northwestern/Rutgers: (54.92)

    1. Auburn/Indiana: (55.03)

     

    200 Fly (2 Wins)

    1. Cleveland State: (2:01.17)

    1. Valparaiso: (2:03.51)

     

    100 Free (2 Wins)

    1. Cleveland State: (51.93)

    1. Valparaiso: (52.60)

     

    200 Free (2 Wins)

    1. Purdue: (1:49.99)

    2. Auburn/Indiana: (1:50.40)

    1. Wisconsin: (1:50.42)

     

    200 Free Relay (1 Win)

    1. Hawkeye Invitational: McDonough/Ryan/Galletti/Reaney (1:31.55)

    2. Dennis Stark Relays: Mulquin/Reaney/Ryan/Bowen (1:33.96)

    Exhibitioned: Cleveland State: Reaney/Bessire/Whyte/Foley (1:39.06)

     

    400 Free Relay (2 Wins)

    5. ACC Championships: Ryan/Reaney/Mulquin/Bradford (3:19.85)

    2. Hawkeye Invitational: Ryan/Reaney/Mulquin/Galletti (3:20.55)

    1. Shamrock Invitational: Reaney/Mulquin/Bradford/Ryan (3:24.23)

    1. Michigan/Northwestern/Rutgers: Ryan/Reaney/Mulquin/Galletti (3:25.15)

    3. Dennis Stark Relays: Dotzel/Reaney/Whyte/Bowen (3:31.00)

    DQ: Pitt/Virginia Tech: Masciantonio/Reaney/Whyte/Ryan

     

    800 Free Relay (2 Wins)

    23. NCAA Championships: Ryan/Reaney/Bessire/Miller (7:11.63)

    6. ACC Championships: Reaney/Ryan/Miller/Bessire (7:11.92 – NCAA B)

    2. Hawkeye Invitational: Ryan/Reaney/Miller/Bessire (7:19.94)

    1. Shamrock Invitational: Reaney/Ryan/Miller/Casey (7:22.65 – Rolfs Pool Record)

    1. Dennis Stark Relays: Ryan/Reaney/Bessire/Miller (7:24.98)

     

    200 Medley Relay (5 Wins)

    3. ACC Championships: Mulquin/Reaney/Whyte/Ryan (1:37.61 – NCAA A)

    18. NCAA Championships: Mulquin/Reaney/Whyte/Ryan (Prelims – 1:38.00)

    1. Hawkeye Invitational: Mulquin/Reaney/Galletti/Ryan (1:39.80)

    1. Shamrock Invitational: Mulquin/Reaney/Whyte/Ryan (1:41.22)

    1. Purdue: Mulquin/Reaney/Galletti/Ryan (1:42.43)

    2. Louisville: Mulquin/Reaney/Galletti/Ryan (1:42.66)

    2. Auburn/Indiana: Dotzel/Reaney/Whyte/Ryan (1:42.84)

    1. Pitt/Virginia Tech: Mulquin/Reaney/Galletti/Ryan (1:42.87)

    1. Cleveland State: Mulquin/Reaney/Miller/Ryan (1:43.73)

    4. Valparaiso: Reaney/Bessire/Bradford/Casey (1:51.65)

     

    400 Medley Relay (2 Wins)

    2. ACC Championships: Mulquin/Reaney/Whyte/Ryan (3:33.93 – NCAA A)

    22. NCAA Championships: Mulquin/Reaney/Whyte/Ryan (Prelims – 3:36.28)

    1. Hawkeye Invitational: Miller/Reaney/Whyte/Ryan (3:36.84)

    1. Wisconsin: Mulquin/Reaney/Miller/Ryan (3:44.10)

    DQ: Shamrock Invitational: Miller/Reaney/Whyte/Ryan

     

    400 IM Relay

    2. Dennis Stark Relays: Reaney/Miller/Bessire/Bradford (3:54.29)

     

    3x100 Breaststroke Relay (1 Win)

    1. Dennis Stark Relays: Reaney/Margheret/McDonough (3:13.18)

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