Notre Dame Women's Swimming and Diving: Strong Day For Irish Highlighted By Reaney's Title In 100 Br
February 22, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Sixteen of the 19 swimmers that competed in morning prelims
qualified for the night's finals and all four divers scored points on the 3-meter
discipline as the University of Notre Dame women's swimming and diving team wrapped
up an impressive third day at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships Friday.
"The 400 IM set the pace this morning for a very good day for the Irish and the rest
of the team gained momentum from their swims," said head coach Brian Barnes. "So
many of our swimmers moved up in the finals and had personal bests and all four
divers scored points tonight. This team has got something special going on right now
and it has been really fun to watch. I'm incredibly proud of this team. It was a fun
day and they are highly motivated for tomorrow."
Highlighting the evening's finals was another record-breaking performance by junior
Emma Reaney and her relay teammates. Notre Dame opened up the evening session in
fine fashion with a blistering second place finish in the 400 medley relay that
notched another NCAA A cut and school record (3:33.93) for freshman Catherine
Mulquin, Reaney, junior Courtney Whyte and senior Kelly Ryan. The time broke the
record from last year (3:34.66) that was set by Ryan, Reaney, Kim Holden and
Catherine Galletti. The foursome qualified for the NCAA Championships Wednesday
night after breaking the school record and swimming an NCAA A cut in the 200 medley
"The 400 medley tonight and the 200 medley on Wednesday night have been my favorite
races all season," said Mulquin. "I think the atmosphere of the huge crowd and all
the cheering helped psych us up (as if we needed to be any more excited than we
already were). To be able to make NCAAs my freshman year makes me happier than I can
even explain. I think starting the meet off with an NCAA A cut set the tone and we
have been riding it on all meet. I'm so proud of what we have achieved as a team
here at this meet so far, but it honestly doesn't come as much of a surprise to me.
We have worked so incredibly hard all year and have been waiting for a great taper
meet to finally see the results we have been striving for. The past few weeks, we
have been seeing some incredible times from everybody in practice and that has
definitely carried over to seeing amazing times during the meet."
Reaney continued making her case for swimmer of the meet Friday night as she broke
the ACC record, the ACC meet record and her own school record in the 100 breast by
going 58.46. The time was an NCAA A cut and places her among the top two or three
breaststrokers in the country. The only two individuals with faster 100 breast times
this season are 2012 Olympic gold medalist (4x100m medley relay) Breeja Larson
(Texas A&M) and Tennessee standout Molly Hannis.
Elsewhere in the A final of the 100 breast, senior Christen McDonough placed fifth
after swimming an NCAA B cut time of 1:00.57.
In the 400 IM, freshman Katie Miller earned all-ACC accolades after she claimed
third in an NCAA B cut time of 4:10.92.
On the 3-meter board, none of Notre Dame's four divers qualified for the eight-diver
final, but they did all score points for the Irish. Sophomore Lindsey Streepy took
12th (312.90 points), junior Allison Casareto placed 13th (312.10 points), sophomore
Emma Gaboury claimed 18th (283.00 points) and freshman Christine Stitcher took 24th
Highlighting the consolation finals, Ryan won the B final in the 200 free, swimming
a career-best 1:46.42 in the event to take ninth overall.
The Irish sit comfortably in sixth place through 22 events at the championships with
543.5 points. The fourth and final day gets underway at 11 a.m. Saturday with the
200 back. Other prelims will be the 100 free, 200 breast and the 200 fly. The
platform and the 1,650 free will also be held during the afternoon.
Team Standings (Through 13 Events)
1. Virginia - 946.5
2. North Carolina - 767
3. Florida State - 706.5
4. NC State - 659
5. Virginia Tech - 619
6. Notre Dame - 543.5
7. Duke - 363
8. Miami - 351.5
9. Pittsburgh - 324.5
10. Georgia Tech - 221.5
11. Boston College - 130
12. Clemson - 35