Freshman Molly Treble is ranked 38th in the 1,650 free.

Irish Close Out Fall Home Slate With Dual Against Illinois

Nov. 13, 2014

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team closes out a busy month of competition at 5 p.m. Friday at Rolfs Aquatic Center when it welcomes in Big Ten foe Illinois to put a bow on the squad’s fall home schedule.

The showdown with the Illini will be Notre Dame’s fourth day of competition this month, with a double dual against Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech sandwiched between duals against Purdue and Illinois.

“November is in some respects the most challenging month of the school year,” interim head coach Tim Welsh says. “We still have to do training, school work is still intense and we’ve had four meets in three weeks, including three in eight days a couple of weeks ago. There are no breaks in here. That’s not a complaint, just a fact. That’s the way November is.

“What’s been positive is that the team has been faster and more consistent week to week. The training spirits have been very good. Our training practices have been faster because we are more fit. I think it’s been a progress filled month for our team.”

Illinois (3-2) is coming off a close 154-146 loss at Kansas a week ago. The Illini boast wins over Illinois State, Southern Illinois and Tabor College so far this season. They also lost to fellow Big Ten team Northwestern.

“Illinois is off to a really strong start,” Welsh says. “They lost last week by a few points to Kansas in a meet that came down to like a hundredth of a second. It was a really competitive meet. They are on the road for two weekends in a row, which is a challenge for them.

“Their front line is quite strong. They have a couple of girls depending on where they swim that are very, very good. For us, the meet is going to be a toughness contest. If we are tough, it’s going to be a good meet. If we aren’t tough, it could be a really hard meet. So it’s a toughness test for us coming at the end of four hard weeks in a row.”

Notre Dame (3-5) will look to show further improvement after a productive two days last weekend against the Panthers and Hokies, where the Irish won 10 of the 20 events with senior Emma Reaney and sophomore Catherine Mulquin claiming seven of the 10 victories.

Following Friday’s meet, the Irish will have about three weeks until they close out the fall semester with invitationals at the University of Texas (swimming) and University of Iowa (diving).

“The days between Saturday morning and the Wednesday when we leave for Thanksgiving will be critical training days for us,” Welsh says. “What we are going to want to do is not only refresh training but build training because we want to be able to take a little rest and polish things up before we close out the fall season.”

Fans can follow Friday’s meet through the live stats link on UND.com or by downloading the Meet Mobile app available on smartphones.

Schedule of Events

1. 200 Medley Relay

2. 1,000 Free

3. 200 Free

4. 100 Back

5. 100 Breast

6. 200 Fly

7. 50 Free

8. 1-M Diving

9. 100 Free

10. 200 Back

11. 200 Breast

12. 500 Free

13. 100 Fly

14. 3-M Diving

15. 200 IM

16. 400 Free Relay

ACC Top Times (Top 3 Only)

100 Breast

2. Emma Reaney – 1:00.90

200 Breast

2. Emma Reaney – 2:12.13

NCAA Top Times – Individually (Top 50 Only)

100 Breast

5. Emma Reaney – 1:00.90

200 Breast

7. Emma Reaney – 2:12.13

T-50. Sherri McIntee – 2:17.16

200 IM

17. Emma Reaney – 2:01.60

100 Fly

26. Emma Reaney – 54.38

1,650 Free

38. Molly Treble – 17:15.35

NCAA Top Times – Relays (Top 25 Only)

800 Free Relay

16. Emma Reaney, Bridget Casey, Elizabeth House, Katie Miller – 7:36.76

400 Medley Relay

18. Catherine Mulquin, Emma Reaney, Courtney Whyte, Catherine Galletti – 3:43.29

–Russell Dorn, Assistant Media Relations Director

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