Senior Samantha Maxwell

Holden And Maxwell Advance To NCAA Championships, Divers Prep For Zone Meet

March 9, 2011

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – For the fourth straight season, senior Samantha Maxwell will lead the Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team into the NCAA Championships. Maxwell, the 2010 BIG EAST Conference Swimmer of the Year, was invited to swim the 100 and 200 breast at this year’s national meet, which will be held March 17-19 in Austin, Texas.

Maxwell, who has earned All-American honors in the 100 and 200 breast, will be joined in Austin by sophomore Kim Holden. As the school record holder in the 100 and 200 back, Holden will be swimming in those events during her first NCAA appearance. She is the two-time defending BIG EAST champion in those respective races.

Also vying for a spot to join the duo at the NCAAs will be the members of the Irish diving corps that is headed to the NCAA Zone Championships (March 10-11) in Columbus, Ohio.

Jenny Chiang and Heidi Grossman finished second and third, respectively, off the 1-meter board at this year’s BIG EAST Championships. However, Chiang claimed the league title in the 3-meter event for the second time in as many seasons.

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