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Irish Win Both Relays, 3-Meter Dive On Day One

February 27, 2013
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving
program put together an impressive first night Wednesday at the 2013 BIG EAST
Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium, as the Irish won both relays in school record
times and had four divers finished in the top eight on the 3-meter discipline,
including senior Jenny Chiang, who won the event for a BIG EAST record fourth time.

Notre Dame leads all 10 schools after day one with 141 points. Second place
Louisville has 107 points. Pittsburgh sits in third with 75 points.

The Irish bookended the evening by winning the 800 free relay in a school record
time of 7:13.51 and taking the 200 medley relay crown in another school record time
of 1:38.74.

“It’s a good way to start a meet,” said head coach Brian Barnes. “I credit the
athletes. They had great race strategies throughout and it paid off. They didn’t
overswim and they kept it together. There is the element of team pressure involved
in these opening relays and they handled it nicely. It definitely provides our team
some good confidence heading into an important day two.”

In between Chiang won her fourth title in a row on the 3-meter discipline, making
her the first BIG EAST diver to ever win four championships in a row in one event.
She also became just the second Notre Dame women’s swimmer or diver to win an event
all four years, joining Kelly Hecking (100 back – 1999-2002).

“She was unbelievable up there tonight,” said Barnes. “She was poised and didn’t get
rattled at all. What a way for a senior to go out – to win her fourth BIG EAST title
in a row in the event.”

Notre Dame kicked off the meet in style as the relay team of Emma Reaney, Kelly
Ryan, Suzanne Bessire and Jaime Malandra won the 800 free relay in a school record
time of 7:10.84. The old record of 7:13.51 was set on Feb. 18, 2009 at the BIG EAST
meet.

Reaney and Ryan came out blazing, swimming 1:45.88 and 1:45.75, respectively to give
the Irish a second and a half lead going into the third leg. Bessire extended the
lead by swimming 1:49.05 and Malandra closed the door on any comeback attempt by
second place Villanova or third place Louisville with a 1:50.16 on the final 200
yards.

With the win the Irish improved on their third place finish from a year ago and
earned a NCAA provisional cut in the event.

The title and all-BIG EAST honor was the first in the career of senior Malandra.

In the last relay, the Irish team of Lauren Scott, Reaney, Kim Holden and Catherine
Galletti turned in another school record as the foursome went 1:38.74 in the 200
medley relay.

Scott led off the event by swimming the 50 back in 25.46. Reaney next swam the 50
breast in 27.29. Holden turned in an impressive 23.40 in the 50 fly to make way for
Galletti to give the Irish their second relay title of the night as she went 22.59
in the 50 free.

The relay squad improved on their third place finish from a year ago and gave
Galletti her first BIG EAST title and all-conference citation.

Day two gets underway at 10 a.m. Thursday with the 1-meter dive and the 500 free
prelims.

School Records
800 Free Relay: Emma Reaney, Kelly Ryan, Suzanne Bessire, Jaime Malandra (7:10.84)
200 Medley Relay: Lauren Scott, Emma Reaney, Kim Holden, Catherine Galletti (1:38.74)

Notre Dame Wins
800 Free Relay: Emma Reaney, Kelly Ryan, Suzanne Bessire, Jaime Malandra (7:10.84)
200 Medley Relay: Lauren Scott, Emma Reaney, Kim Holden, Catherine Galletti (1:38.74)

NCAA B Cuts
800 Free Relay: Emma Reaney, Kelly Ryan, Suzanne Bessire, Jaime Malandra (7:10.84)
200 Medley Relay: Lauren Scott, Emma Reaney, Kim Holden, Catherine Galletti (1:38.74)

BIG EAST Swimming and Diving Recap (Consolation Finals and Finals Results Only)
*Indicates All-BIG EAST

Emma Reaney
1st – 800 Free Relay*
1st – 200 Medley Relay*

Kelly Ryan
1st – 800 Free Relay*

Lauren Scott
1st – 200 Medley Relay*

Kim Holden
1st – 200 Medley Relay*

Catherine Galletti
1st – 200 Medley Relay*

Suzanne Bessire
1st – 800 Free Relay*

Jaime Malandra
1st – 800 Free Relay*

Jenny Chiang
1st – 3-Meter Dive* (Four-Time Champion)

Allison Casareto
3rd – 3-Meter Dive*

Lindsey Streepey
5th – 3-Meter Dive

Emma Gaboury
8th – 3-Meter Dive


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