Head coach Brian Barnes is the architect of an Irish program that has sent 24 individuals to the NCAAs since his first year as head of the program in 2009.

Irish Announce Five Swimming And Diving Signees For 2013-14

Jan. 23, 2013

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving program signed five high school senior student-athletes to letters of intent for the 2013-14 season, head coach Brian Barnes announced recently.

The class of 2017 includes Molly Barry, Katelyn Miller, Danielle Margheret, Catherine Mulquin and Christine Stitcher.

“We are excited to welcome the class of 2017 to Notre Dame this fall,” said head coach Brian Barnes. “This is a well-balanced class, with many swimming and diving disciplines represented. We have also found student-athletes from all over the country. Our hope is that they will be very good for Notre Dame and that Notre Dame will be very good for them. I’m anxious to watch them develop over for years and watch them take advantage of all the wonderful things this school has to offer.”

Notre Dame (3-4) closes out the home portion of its schedule this weekend when it welcomes in Towson for the Shamrock Invitational. Action gets underway Friday at 5 p.m. and on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Molly Barry (Swimming)

PREP AND PERSONAL: Set to graduate from Cathedral Catholic High School (Ca.) in the spring of 2013 … earned three letters thus far with senior season still ongoing … won first CIF title in the 500 free as a junior … helped team win team title and tie record in San Diego for most consecutive CIF championships (five) … was the CIF champion in the 500 free and the runner-up in the 200 free … was a junior national qualifier and a Scholastic All-American … helped team win CIF championship … as a sophomore was a Scholastic All-American and a junior national qualifier as the team won a CIF championship … helped team win CIF title as a freshman … top times include 1:51.98 (200 free), 4:56.03 (500 free), 10:08.09 (1,000 free), 16:57.88 (1,650 free), 4:27.80 (400m free), 9:03.90 (800m free) and 17:15.62 (1,500m free) … also competes for the North Coast Aquatics club team … team was honored as a USA Swimming Gold Medal Club … was a junior national and sectional qualifier … is the San Diego long course junior Olympic record holder in the 1,500m freestyle … outside of pool participates in Campus Ministry, National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation … received the National Merit Commended Scholar, the Msgr. John A. Dickie Award, the Fr. John Cadden Award and the Rev. Charles Buddy Award … full name is Molly Katherine Barry … born in St. Louis, Mo., to Kevin and Mary Kay Barry … has a younger brother, Brendan, and a younger sister, Kate … has a cousin, Brian Kuske, who received his MBA from Notre Dame in 2012 … will enroll in First Year of Studies … intends to major in chemistry in the College of Science.

Katelyn Miller (swimming)

PREP AND PERSONAL: Set to graduate from Firestone High School (Ohio) in the spring of 2013 … earned four letters in swimming … has earned 12 All-America and all-Ohio scrolls in three years … won the 200 IM at the state championships as a sophomore … is a two-time USA National Academic All-American … holds school records in the 200 free, 100 fly, 100 free, 500 free, 100 back … best times include 51.63 (100 free), 1:49.39 (200 free), 4:49.02 (500 free), 55.35 (100 back), 54.77 (100 fly), 1:04.99 (100 breast) and 2:00.62 (200 IM) … also participates in the Firestone Akron Swim Team … competed at junior nationals during the winter and summer of 2011 and the summer nationals in 2012, earning eight top-20 finishes among the three meets … earned the High Point Award at the Miami Spring Sectionals in 2012 … swam at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 400m IM, 200m IM and the 200m fly … named Lake Erie Senior Group Swimmer of the Year from 2009-11 … has been ranked in the top-10 nationally in several events in every age group since the age of 15 … holds several Lake Erie Swimming records in both short and long course events … named the Touchdown Club Swimmer of the Year from 2009-11 … out of the pool participates in the National Honor Society, the Spanish Club and the International Bachelorette Program … earned a bronze medal in a science fair … 25th in Akron Public Schools in Bridge Building Competition … donated 12 inches of hair to Locks of Love program in 2012 … completed Akron Half Marathon in 2012 … four-year honor student … had a 4.2 GPA through junior year … full name is Katelyn Marie Miller … born in Parma, Ohio, to Frank and Arlene Miller … has an older brother, Tyler … will enroll in First Year of Studies … intends to major in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering.

Danielle Margheret (swimming)

PREP AND PERSONAL: Set to graduate from Walsh Jesuit High School (Ohio) in the spring of 2013 … earned four letters in swimming and one in soccer … named an All-American in swimming as a sophomore and junior … two-time winner of the Akron Touchdown Foundation Swimmer of the Year award … broke the state record in the 100 breast in winning the event at the state championships as a sophomore … named the Top Female Performer of the State Meet award for efforts … swims for the Cleveland Lancers Swim Club and was a member of the Chagrin Valley Country Club Swim Team for nine years … was an Olympic Trials (100m breast) and a junior nationals qualifier … holds four club and pool records … also played club soccer for the Ambassadors Futbol Club for five years and was team captain for three years … has lengthy list of academic awards extracurricular activities … member of the Harmony Gold Show Choir … was the vocal section leader all four years and earned four varsity letters … apart of National Honor Society, the yearbook committee and student council … was a team captain for Relay For Life … on the student advisory council for the Ohio Academy of Science … cantor for the last seven years at the Church of the Resurrection … volunteer at the Fieldstone Farms Therapeutic Center … student ambassador at Walsh Jesuit … a Kairos Retreat leader … earned the U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete and the Kenyon College Presidential Book awards … named a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American … earned Walsh Jesuit first academic honors all semesters … presented with the Outstanding Individual Performer Award for Show Choir at the Medina Midwest Showcase … show choir was named grand champions in Blues City Classic, earned first place at the Big Apple Classic and gold rating/silver medalists at the Disney Classic … full named is Danielle Nicole Margheret … born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Dan and Janice Margheret … has a younger brother, Johnathan … uncle, Stan Riefler, played football at Kent State … cousins, Sierra and Sage Patterson, played soccer at Ohio Dominican … uncle, Mike Petterson, played soccer at Cleveland State … will enroll in First Year of Studies … intends to study pre-med in the College of Science.

Catherine Mulquin (swimming)

PREP AND PERSONAL: Set to graduate from Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (Md.) in the spring of 2013 … qualified for and attended the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials … has times of 55.84 (100 back), 23.82 (50 free) and 52.21 (100 free) … honors include Washington Post All-Metropolitan and Montgomery County Gazette All-County selections … was a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American … named a Potomac Valley Swimming Scholar Athlete … also swam for the Rockville Montgomery Swim Club (RSMC) … was a national team member and holds various team records … out of the pool was a yearbook committee member and a Father George National Jesuit Basketball tournament volunteer in 2012 … was a member of the National Honor Society – Xaverian Chapter … full name is Catherine Elizabeth Mulquin … born in Rockville, Md., to David and Marcia Mulquin … has an older brother, Kevin, and an older sister, Christine … has a younger brother, Matthew … father, David, played basketball at College of the Holy Cross … brother, Kevin, played basketball at Dartmouth … uncle, Michael, played basketball at Villanova … uncle, Thomas, played basketball at Thomas … uncle, Patrick, played basketball at Hampden Sydney College … will enroll in First Year of Studies … intends to major in accounting from the Mendoza College of Business.

Christine Stitcher (Diving)

PREP AND PERSONAL: Set to graduate from Deerfield High School (Ill.) in the spring of 2013 … has earned three letters in diving, four in gymnastics and four in track and field … was a team captain in diving as a senior … won the conference diving championship and was named all-conference … was an IHSA state qualifier and finished 17th … took 18th at state as a junior … earned all-Lake County honors … was a state qualifier and all-conference in all three sports as a junior … helped all three teams win conference championships … named All-American in gymnastics from freshman to junior year, with senior year still in progress … won conference championships in the beam, floor, bars and all-around during gymnastics career … won a conference championship in the pole vault as a sophomore … state qualifier in track and field and gymnastics as a sophomore … also competed for the Flips Gymnastics and Glenbrook Aquatics Diving club teams … in gymnastics was a level nine, region five qualifier … in diving was an AAU national qualifier … finished third place in the 3-meter synchro, fourth place in the 1-meter synchro and 16th in the 3-meter individual … helped team finish fifth nationally and win the Illinois Diving Association team championship … away from the pool participates in the Deerfield Honors Society and Spanish National Honors Society … is an Illinois State Scholar, National Merit Commended Scholar and an AP State Scholar … full name is Christine Anne Stitcher … born in Evanston, Ill., to Kurt and Karen Stitcher … has two older brothers, David and Stephen, and an older sister, Caroline … brother, David, is set to graduate from Notre Dame this spring … mother, Karen, ran cross country and track and field at Wake Forest … will enroll in First Year of Studies … intends to study mathematics in the College of Science.