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Irish Head To Indy Looking For 15th BIG EAST Title

February 25, 2013
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team is
set to participate in the 2013 BIG EAST Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships
that will be held from Wednesday, Feb. 27 – Saturday, March 2 at the impressive
IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Irish (5-4), who are tied for 18th in the latest CSCAA Coaches Poll, are set to
battle 10 teams this week, including two-time defending champion and No. 16
Louisville.

Earlier in the season the Irish defeated Pittsburgh, 188-112, and lost to
Louisville, 162-138, in dual meets on consecutive days at Rolfs Aquatic Center.

Last year the Irish finished second with 593.5 points, as Louisville racked up 758.5
points to win its second league title in a row. Ten Notre Dame student-athletes
earned 33 all-BIG EAST scrolls.

Fans can follow the BIG EAST meet through the league’s championship central page.
Live stats, live video, ticket information and a schedule of events are readily
available at this page and a link is provided on UND.com. Fans should also follow
Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving on Facebook (NDwSwimmingDiving) and on
Twitter (@NDwSwimming) for updates throughout the meet.

NEWS AND NOTES

Notre Dame earned a pair of second place finishes in 2011 and 2012 after winning 14
consecutive BIG EAST titles from 1997 – 2010 … the Irish joined the BIG EAST in 1996
and finished third that first season before reeling off 14 consecutive titles.

Only three Irish performers have won three individual events in one meet (last Katie
Carroll – 2004) … Kim Holden, Kelly Ryan and Emma Reaney are all in the top three in
three or more individual events heading into the meet.

The Irish have quite a streak going in the 400 medley relay as they have won the
event four years in a row (2009-12) … they also have won the 400 free relay two
years in a row (2011-12).

Senior diver Jenny Chiang is looking to win her fourth 3-meter title in a row … she
is a three-time BIG EAST Champion and a five-time all-BIG EAST honoree …  she would
become just the second Irish performer to win the same event all four years (Kelly
Hecking – 100 Back – 1999-2002) … would be 12th BIG EAST women’s performer to win
same event all four years … the feat has been accomplished 15 times overall in 11
events … Chiang would be the first BIG EAST diver to ever win four straight in the
same discipline.

Senior tri-captain Kim Holden is an eight-time BIG EAST Champion and a 15-time
all-BIG EAST honoree … she won both the 100 and 200 backstroke in 2010 and 2011 …
could become seventh Irish performer to win same event three times … would be first
in Notre Dame history to win two events three times each.

Junior tri-captain Kelly Ryan is an eight-time BIG EAST Champion and a 13-time
all-BIG EAST honoree … Ryan is a two-time 100 free champion and is the reigning
champion in the 200 back and 100 free.

Sophomore Emma Reaney is a four-time BIG EAST Champion and a seven-time all-BIG EAST
honoree … she is the reigning 100 breast and 200 IM champion.

Sophomore Suzanne Bessire is a one-time BIG EAST Champion in the 400 free relay and
a three-time all-BIG EAST honoree.

Senior tri-captain Lauren Scott is a two-time BIG EAST Champion in relay events and
a five-time all-BIG EAST honoree in relay events.

Junior Sarah Dotzel is a one-time all-BIG EAST honoree in the 200 medley relay.

Sophomore Hannah Bowen is a one-time all-BIG EAST honoree in the 200 free relay.

Sophomore Allison Casareto is a one-time all-BIG EAST honoree in the 1-meter dive.

BIG EAST Times (Top-Three Only)
Catherine Galletti

-       50 Free – 3rd – 23.04

Kelly Ryan

-       100 Free – 2nd – 49.57

-       100 Back – 2nd – 53.67

-       200 Back – 1st – 1:54.05

Emma Reaney

-       100 Free – 3rd – 50.21

-       100 Breast – 1st – 59.38

-       200 Breast – 1st – 2:07.60

-       100 Fly – 3rd – 54.45

-       200 IM – 1st – 1:55.05

-       400 IM – 1st – 4:08.63

Suzanne Bessire

-       100 Free – 2nd – 1:48.87

Kim Holden

-       100 Back – 1st – 53.07

-       200 Back – 2nd – 1:55.06

-       100 Fly – 1st – 52.98

Bridget Casey

-       200 Fly – 3rd – 1:58.62

Christen McDonough

-       100 Breast – 3rd – 1:01.36

Relays

-       200 Free – 1st – 1:31.44 – Galletti, Ryan Holden, Reaney

-       400 Free – 1st – 3:21.16 – Reaney, Ryan, Galletti, Suzanne Bessire

-       200 Medley – 1st – 1:40.23 – Holden, Reaney, Galletti, Ryan

-       400 Medley – 1st – 3:35.16 – Ryan, Reaney, Holden, Galletti

NCAA Times (Top-25 Only)
Kim Holden

-       100 Back – 19th – 53.07

-       200 Back – 21st – 1:55.06

-       100 Fly – 23rd – 52.98

Kelly Ryan

-       200 Back – 12th – 1:54.05

Emma Reaney

-       100 Breast – 7th – 59.38

-       200 Breast – 4th – 2:07.60

-       200 IM – 4th – 1:55.05

-       400 IM – 11th – 4:08.63
Relays

-       200 Free – 21st – 1:31.44 – Catherine Galletti, Ryan, Holden, Reaney

-       200 Medley – 24th – 1:40.23 – Holden, Reaney, Galletti, Ryan

-       400 Medley – 9th – 3:35.16 – Ryan, Reaney, Holden, Galletti


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