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Reaney Receives ACC Swimming & Diving's Top Academic Honor

April 10, 2014
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



NOTRE DAME, Ind. – University of Notre Dame women’s swimming standout Emma Reaney
really epitomizes the term student-athlete. Just weeks after cleaning up Most
Valuable Swimmer honors at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships and earning
ACC Swimmer of the Year accolades following her national championship in the 200
breaststroke, Reaney was named ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete of the
Year Wednesday.

In addition to Reaney, freshmen Katie Miller and Catherine Mulquin, junior Bridget
Casey and seniors Kelly Ryan and Christen McDonough were named to the all-ACC
Academic Team. A full release on the all-academic team will be published in the
coming days.

Reaney, who sports a 3.689 GPA in design with a minor in business economics from the
College of Arts & Letters, is extremely proud of her accomplishments in the
classroom.

“It means so much to be recognized for my academics as well as my swimming,” said
the Lawrence, Kan., native. “I want people to know that I’m not just a mindless swim
machine and that I also work really hard in the classroom. I’m very honored!”

In addition to her impressive GPA since arriving on campus, Reaney has twice been
named to the Dean’s List, was selected a BIG EAST Academic All-Star as a freshman
and sophomore and received a spot on the all-ACC Academic Team this year.

She has also been part of the Rosenthal Leadership Academy as a sophomore and junior.

In the pool this season, Reaney earned ACC Women's Swimmer of the Week accolades
five times this year and had a remarkable ACC Championships as she won three titles
in the 200 IM and the 100 and 200 breaststroke on her way to receiving ACC Women's
Most Valuable Swimmer honors. Her winning time in the 200 breast (2:04.34) was an
American record and positioned her as the favorite in the event at the NCAA
Championships.
At the NCAA Championships, Reaney improved as the meet went on by finishing seventh
in the 200 IM (1:56.15), third in the 100 breast (57.79) and first in the 200 breast
(2:04.06). Her time in the latter broke her own NCAA, U.S. Open and American record
in the event as she bested 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Breeja Larson (2:05.88) and
Stanford standout Katie Olsen (2:05.88) by 1.82 seconds.
Her individual championship was the first in program history on either the women's
or men's side. A more in-depth look at Reaney's season will come out in the coming
weeks.
The Lawrence, Kan., native will enter her senior year as the school record holder in
eight events (four individual and four relay) and after spending a summer training
at the elite SwimMAC Carolina facility in Charlotte, N.C.
For more information on Notre Dame women's swimming and diving, check out the Irish
on Facebook (/NDwSwimmingDiving) and Twitter (@NDwSwimming).


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