Sept. 27, 2011

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame freshman swimmer Bridget Casey has been named to the 2011-12 USA Swimming National Junior Team, the organization announced recently.

Casey earned her spot on the team after finishing 25th out of 148 swimmers in the 200 butterfly (2:13.17) at the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships held at Stanford University in August. The top six athletes 18 and under in Olympic events from the championships qualified for the team, and the Abington, Pa., native placed fifth.

“I was shocked when I found out I made the team,” said Casey. “I went into the Nationals just trying to record a good time and make it to the finals. Making the USA National Junior Team wasn’t even on my radar. I am so excited to be apart of the team. It is a huge accomplishment for me, and I’m proud to share it with my Notre Dame family.”

Bridget Casey has absolutely earned the honor to represent her country on the USA Swimming National Junior Team,” said head women’s swimming and diving coach Brian Barnes. “This honor is a result of her hard work and passion for the sport of swimming. She will represent her country the Notre Dame way.”

The team has not been told when or where they’ll compete, but will update Casey’s results as she competes for her country.

Casey and the Irish open the season on October 14th when they host the Dennis Stark Relays for the 28th consecutive year.