Notre Dame, Ind. — Freshman Coleen Gillilan was named the ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Week Tuesday after her dominant performance at Purdue on Friday, Oct. 25. Gillilan notched wins in all four of her events and earned NCAA B cut times in each of her three individual races.
To open the night, the Irish 200 medley relay team of Carly Quast, Gillilan, Cailey Grunhard and Abbie Dolan were victorious with a time of 1:41.32. In the women’s 200 Fly, Gillilan notched another win with an NCAA B-cut time of 1:58.50, following it up with a B-cut 52.70 time in the 100 Fly. Gillilan finished out the night with a thunderous performance in the 200 IM with a 1:59.22, another B-cut time, besting the next closest competitor by nearly six seconds.
On the season, Gillilan has totaled eight B-cut times on the season over just three meets, an impressive feat for the freshman swimmer.
“Coleen has been very consistent in the practice pool, and that helps translate to performance,” Notre Dame head swimming & diving coach Mike Litzinger expressed following the meet against Indiana and Kentucky. “But, what makes her special is her competitiveness. She likes to win. That is something that is built in for her.”
Gillilan and the Irish will next take the pool Friday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. at Louisville.