Nov. 12, 2011
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Notre Dame freshman Emma Reaney won three individual events and was a part of the winning 400 free relay team to pace the Irish (3-3) in a 188-112 dual meet loss to BIG EAST rival Louisville on Saturday morning in Louisville.
The Lawrence, Kan., native won the 100 and 200 breast and the 200 IM to continue her impressive freshman campaign.
Louisville displayed an impressive freshman class that won four events throughout the day and finished near the top of the standings in many other events.
Notre Dame will take the remainder of November off from action to continue training before heading to The Ohio State Invitational on Dec. 2 for a three-day meet.
Louisville junior Hannah Gadd won her first of two diving events on the day as she distanced herself from the field with 307.79 points. Notre Dame junior Jenny Chiang took second in 274.95 and freshman Allison Casareto finished fourth with 263.25 points.
For the first time since the opening weekend, Chiang and Casareto didn’t claim the top two spots in the 3-meter dive, as Hannah Gadd (298.28) barely topped Chiang (295.88) by 2.40 points. Casareto took third with 280.65 points.
200 Medley Relay
The Irish opened the meet with a third place finish in the 200 medley relay, finishing in a time of 1:44.91. The team of Sarah Dotzel, Lauren Stauder, Lauren Scott and Hannah Bowen came in 3.29 seconds slower than first place Louisville (1:41.62). The Cardinals also earned second place in 1:44.20.
The Cardinals picked up the top three spots in the 1,000 free all on the backs of three freshmen. Victoria Mitchell and Abby Chin pulled away from the field to finish in 10:02.67 and 10:04.72, respectively. Freshman Erin Foley touched the pad first for Notre Dame in 10:23.41, with junior Jaime Malandra close behind in 10:25.07.
The Irish finally got their meet started with the 200 free, as Notre Dame swept the top three spots with Kelly Ryan, Amy Prestinario and Suzanne Bessire. Ryan continued her strong fall, picking up her sixth individual victory of the season, finishing the race in 1:51.05. Prestinario was right behind Ryan, clocking in at 1:51.90. Bessire (1:52.20) held a slim lead throughout much of the race before giving it up to Ryan and Prestinario in the final leg.
Louisville placed the top three in the 100 back, with Eszter Povazsay taking the victory in 55.74. Gracie Fredlake was the first Irish swimmer to cross the line in 57.57.
Reaney opened her impressive day with a victory in the 100 breast, taking first by 1.35 seconds (1:02.65). The Cardinals had the next three swimmers to touch the pad.
Freshman Bridget Casey suffered her first loss in the 200 fly of her career, placing third behind a pair of Louisville swimmers. Kylliainen took first in 1:59.17, with teammate Chin right behind in 2:00.78. Casey touched the pad in 2:01.09, with fellow freshman Melissa Scott claiming fourth in 2:04.12.
Louisville took the top two spots in the 50 free before a trio of Irish swimmers touched the wall. Freshman Dani Barbiea took first in 23.46, with teammate Aileen Cole finishing second in 23.54. Ryan was the first Notre Dame swimmer to cross the line in 23.73, with freshman Hannah Bowen (23.83) and Prestinario (24.03) following right behind.
Prestinario picked up her second victory of the young season in the 100 free, pulling away from the field and winning in 50.80. Louisville claimed the second and third spots before L. Scott touched the pad in fourth (52.29).
Ryan suffered her first loss in the 200 backstroke this season as a pair of Louisville swimmers outdistanced the sophomore. Eszter Povazsay crossed first in 2:00.44, with Mitchell continuing her strong meet with a second place finish in 2:00.71. Ryan took third in 2:02.21, with Fredlake finishing fourth in 2:02.61.
Reaney picked up her second of three victories on the day as she handily won the 200 breast in 2:13.55 to complete her sweep of the breast events. Reaney led from the beginning to out-distance Louisville’s Fanny Lilliestrom (2:15.06).
Louisville again took the top three spots, as a trio of underclassmen led the way. Freshman Chin (4:55.03) finished more than a second ahead of fellow freshman Mitchell (4:56.44). Sophomore Lindsey Laporte took third in 4:59.99. Malandra was the top Notre Dame finisher in 5:05.99. Fredlake claimed fifth in 5:06.65.
The Cardinals claimed the top three spots in the 100 fly, with Raine Thompson (55.91), Kylliainen (56.56) and Jackie Sherrard (57.04). The Irish took the final four spots with sophomore Sarah Dotzel leading the way (57.10).
Reaney extended her unbeaten streak in the 200 IM to three to open her career as she cruises by the field in 2:02.13. Louisville claimed the next four spots, headed by freshman Tanja Kylliainen (2:04.24).
400 Free Relay
The Irish closed out the meet in style, as the foursome of Ryan, Prestinario, L. Scott and Reaney came from behind in the final leg to touch the pad first in 3:25.11, just beating the Cardinals by .08. The Irish trailed by .10 with Reaney hitting the water, but the freshmen churned through the water over the final lap in 50.60 to close the gap and eventually pass Louisville freshman Dani Barbiea. The 50.60 lap was the fastest of the race for any swimmer.