Catherine Mulquin earned an Olympic Trial cut in the 100m back at the Phillips 66 National Championship meet.

Hard Work Pays Off At U.S. Nationals Meet

Aug. 10, 2015

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame women’s swimming team has had a busy few summer months with new head coach Mike Litzinger, culminating with the Phillips 66 National Championships, held Aug. 6-10 in San Antonio, Texas. at the Northside Swim Center. Four current team members and alumna Emma Reaney swam at the five-day meet, and seven Olympic Trials times were posted.

“I am extremely pleased at the effort and results these women have produced this weekend,” says Litzinger. “Qualifying for Olympic Trials, producing lifetime bests, all while having fun doing it makes the summer training that much more special. Our girls have been a hard-working, coachable group, and I am looking forward to see what we can achieve as a team this fall.”

The top finish for the Irish contingent came from Reaney, who placed eighth in the 100m breast (1:08.58). The Lawrence, Kansas native went 1:08.54 in the morning prelims, qualifying for the evening “A” final. Reaney also swam in the 200m IM, finishing 22nd in the prelims (2:16.08), and the 200m breast, coming in 36th in the prelims (2:33.42). All four times across her three events were Olympic Trial cuts.

Other Olympic Trials qualifiers include current juniors Catherine Mulquin and Danielle Margheret. Mulquin touched the pad in the 100m back in 1:02.21 to finish 29th. She blew past the trial cut time by over a second. Margheret finished 42nd in the 100m breast (1:11.08) and swam a time trial in the 200m breast (2:34.58) to earn her second Olympic Trials cut.

Senior Catherine Galletti and junior Katie Miller were also on site, swimming for the Irish. Galletti finished 87th in the 100m fly (1:02.88) on the first day of competition, while Miller placed 56th in the 400m IM (4:56.53). Miller also swam time trials in the 200m back (2:17.24) and 200m IM (2:19.77), earning a pair of B-cut times.

Here is a full, day-by-day breakdown of Irish women’s swimming results:

Day 1

– 100m Fly, Catherine Galletti: 1:02.88 (87th, prelims)
– 200m IM, Emma Reaney: 2:16.08 (22nd, prelims)

Day 2

– 100m Back, Catherine Mulquin: 1:02.21 (29th, prelims); Olympic Trials time

Day 3

– 100m Breast, Danielle Margheret: 1:11.08 (42nd, prelims); Emma Reaney: 1:08.54 (8th, prelims), 1:08.58 (8th, “A” Final). All Olympic Trials times.

Day 5

– 100m Free, Catherine Mulquin: 57.48 (57th, prelims)
– 200m Breast, Emma Reaney: 2:33.42 (36th, prelims); Olympic Trials time

Time Trial Results

– 50m Free, Catherine Galletti: 26.33 (B-cut)
– 200m Back, Katie Miller: 2:17.64 (B-cut)
– 200m IM, Katie Miller: 2:19.77 (B-cut)

– by Lizzie Mikes, media services coordinator