*Reaney Collects Two Honorable Mention All-America Accolades*
March 22, 2013Eastern Indiana Sports
*INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –* Sophomore Emma Reaney earned two Honorable Mention
All-America citations on the first day of the 2013 NCAA Women’s Swimming
and Diving Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium as she finished ninth in
the 200 IM and 13th as a member of the 400 medley relay team. Reaney now
has five All-America citations, which is tied for sixth most in Notre Dame
women’s swimming and diving history. Notre Dame amassed 17 points on the
first day of competition and the Irish are currently in 16th place out of
34 scoring institutions.
“It is a very good start for us,” said Irish head coach Brian Barnes, “We
had four swimmers swim this morning and all swam tonight. One of things
that I talked to the team about before we got here is how they are in
charge of their opportunities. Missed opportunities in the morning do not
let you see what you have at this meet.”
The 400 medley relay squad of Kelly Ryan, Emma Reaney, Kim Holden and
Catherine Galletti capped the night off with a new program record of
3:34.66 as the Irish finished in 13th place overall and fifth in the “B”
Final. The quartet broke the old program record of 3:34.86, which was set
at the 2013 BIG EAST Championships. The 13th-place performance was the
highest relay finish since 2007 when the 800 free relay also finished 13th.
The same 400 medley relay squad qualified for the “B” Final in the
preliminary session, finishing in 12th place in 3:35.21.
“They have broken [the record] three times this year and they did it the
right way. They are All-Americans,” explained Barnes. “We came out of
tonight with five All-America accolades. School records are a goal of quite
a few swimmers on the team and they keep getting broken.”
Reaney stole the show in the “B” Final of the 200 IM as she pulled away in
the breaststroke length to win the consolation final with a time of
1:55.06. Her performance was just 0.01 seconds off the school record, which
she set earlier in the year at the Ohio State Invitational. Reaney is just
the third Irish swimmer in program history with multiple All-America or
Honorable Mention All-America scrolls in the 200 IM. She had qualified for
the B Final with her 10th-place performance of 1:56.63 in the preliminary
session earlier in the day.
Senior diver Jenny Chiang totaled 273.05 points to finish in 23rd place
overall off the 1-meter springboard in the morning session.
Tomorrow’s action begins at 11 a.m. (ET) with the preliminary session for
Day 2 of the 2013 NCAA Championships. Tomorrow, the Irish will race in both
the 200 medley relay and the 800 freestyle relay, while Emma Reaney (100
breaststroke), Kelly Ryan (100 backstroke) and Kim Holden (100 butterfly,
100 backstroke) will all compete in individual events. Irish fans can
follow the action on ESPN3.com, which will stream the Friday finals
session. Live results can be found by clicking
*Finals Session | Event Summaries*
200 IM – Reaney took out the butterfly length in 25.58, after which she was
in second place … the sophomore took the lead in the backstroke leg and
never looked back as she won the “B” Final with a time of 1:55.06, just
0.01 seconds off of her school record time.
400 Medley Relay – Ryan paced the Irish with a backstroke leg of 53.45 …
Reaney caught the field with her blistering breaststroke leg (58.43) … Kim
Holden kept the Irish close in a four way race for second place … the
competition was just a little quicker than the Irish as Notre Dame took 5th
place with a new school record of 3:34.66 and 13th overall.
*Preliminary Session | Event Summaries*
200 IM – Reaney held even with the field through the butterfly and
backstroke legs … Reaney used a strong breaststroke leg to overtake second
place … she touched the wall after the freestyle leg in third with a
1:56.63 … that time was good for 10th overall.
400 Medley Relay – Ryan led the Irish off with her split of 53.43, which is
her fastest 100 back time of the season ... Reaney (59.43), senior Kim
Holden (52.24) and Catherine Galletti (50.11) held on for the Irish’s
fourth place finish in the heat and a 12th-place showing overall.
1-meter Springboard – Senior Jenny Chiang, the Notre Dame program record
holder off the 1-meter board, finished in 23rd place with 273.05 points.
*All-America (AA) and Honorable Mention All-America (HM) Accolades*
Emma Reaney – 200 IM (HM), 400 Medley Relay (HM)
Kelly Ryan – 400 Medley Relay (HM)
Kim Holden – 400 Medley Relay (HM)
Catherine Galletti – 400 Medley Relay (HM)
9th – 200 IM
13th – 400 Medley Relay
13th - 400 Medley Relay
13th - 400 Medley Relay
13th - 400 Medley Relay