Senior Christen McDonough is ranked 22nd in the country in the 100 breaststroke.

Irish Close Out Regular Season With A Dual Against Cleveland State

Feb. 6, 2014

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – After a convincing win over Iowa at last weekend’s Shamrock Invitational, the No. 24 University of Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team closes out the home portion of its season with a Saturday dual against Cleveland State at Rolfs Aquatic Center. The men’s and women’s meet is slated to get underway at 12 p.m. and is free of charge for fans.

Due to the ticketed men’s basketball game that is slated to begin at 12 p.m. as well, spectators attending the meet should enter the Rolfs Aquatic Center entrance located near gate five of the Joyce Center. Parking is available in front of the Joyce Center, beside the soccer and baseball facilities and in the library lot that’s beside the Guglielmino Athletics Complex.

Fans that can’t make the dual meet can follow on or check out the team’s Twitter page (@NDwSwimming).

The Irish (7-5) are less than two weeks out from their first Atlantic Coast Conference Championship meet (Feb. 19-22) in Greensboro, N.C.

Last week proved to be a good warm up for the team as the two-day invitational had three sessions and provided swimmers an opportunity to race several times in a short amount of time. The diving competition was also set up to completely mirror the ACC schedule.

At the invitational, Notre Dame breezed to victory against the Hawkeyes as the Irish won 16 of the 20 events on the weekend. Highlighting the weekend was a pair of pool-record swims by junior Emma Reaney in the 200 IM (1:58.42) and the 800 free relay squad composed of Reaney, Kelly Ryan, Katie Miller and Bridget Casey (7:22.65).

This weekend’s opponent, Cleveland State (9-5), will meet Valparaiso Friday night before making the hour journey to South Bend.

“This meet against Cleveland State will give us another opportunity to gain some information about our conference team,” said head coach Brian Barnes. “Our swimmers will participate in events that they might not normally compete in, but will be valuable for conference. A prime example is for those that will compete in the 800 free relay, swimming the 200 free this weekend would be beneficial.”

Saturday marks the final home meet for seniors Sarah Dotzel, Mikelle Masciantonio, Christen McDonough, Kelly Ryan and Lauren Stauder as well as long-time Irish men’s head coach Tim Welsh.

Welsh, who came to Notre Dame in 1985 from Johns Hopkins, coached the Irish women for a decade from 1985-95 and won a North Star Championship and eight Midwestern Collegiate Conference titles. The only year Notre Dame didn’t win a league crown was 1986-87 when the Irish were independent as they transitioned between the two conferences.

Six times Welsh has led the men’s team to BIG EAST championships and has coached 400-plus student-athletes since arriving on campus.

“Tim has given so much to swimming and diving at Notre Dame,” said Barnes. “He came here in 1985 and made a commitment to both programs. The evolution of both teams since he arrived is just amazing. He is a consummate professional and a great leader and role model for all the student-athletes that have come through both the men’s and women’s programs over the years.”

Cleveland State head coach Wally Morton is also retiring following the conclusion of the season after almost 40 years of service to the University. Morton, who coaches both the men’s and women’s squads, matched wits with former Notre Dame head coach Dennis Stark in the early 1980’s before Stark retired and Welsh came to Notre Dame.

Schedule of Events

1. W: 200 Medley Relay

2. M: 200 Medley Relay

3. W: 1,000 Free

4. M: 1,000 Free

5. W: 200 Free

6. M: 200 Free

7. W: 100 Back

8. M: 100 Back

9. W: 100 Breast

10. M: 100 Breast

11. W: 200 Fly

12. M: 200 Fly

13. W: 50 Free

14. M: 50 Free

15. W: 1-M Diving

16. M: 1-M Diving

17. W: 100 Free

18. M: 100 Free

19. W: 200 Back

20. M: 200 Back

21. W: 200 Breast

22. M: 200 Breast

23. W: 500 Free

24. M: 500 Free

25. W: 100 Fly

26. M: 100 Fly

27. W: 3-M Diving

28. M: 3-M Diving

29. W: 400 IM

30. M: 400 IM

31. W: 200 Free Relay

32. M: 200 Free Relay

2013-14 ACC Weekly Honorees

Swimmer of the Week

Oct. 15 – Emma Reaney

Nov. 5 – Emma Reaney

Nov. 19 – Emma Reaney

Dec. 10 – Emma Reaney

Jan. 14 – Emma Reaney

Diver of the Week

Nov. 19 – Allison Casareto

Dec. 10 – Lindsey Streepey

2013-14 School Records

200 Breaststroke

Emma Reaney – 2:05.85 (NCAA A Cut)

2013-14 Rolfs Aquatic Center Pool Records

200 IM

Reaney – 1:58.42 (NCAA B Cut)

800 Free Relay

Reaney / Kelly Ryan / Katie Miller / Bridget Casey – 7:22.65 (No Standard)

NCAA Zone C Qualifiers

Allison Casareto – 1M, 3M, Platform

Emma Gaboury – 1M, 3M, Platform

Lindsey Streepey – 1M, 3M, Platform

ACC Rankings (Top 3 Only)

1-Meter Dive

2. Allison Casareto – 324.7

3-Meter Dive

2. Allison Casareto – 361.2

100 Breaststroke

1. Reaney – 59.22 (NCAA B Cut)

200 Breaststroke

1. Reaney – 2:05.85 (NCAA A Cut)

200 IM

1. Reaney – 1:55.18 (NCAA A Cut)

100 Butterfly

3. Courtney Whyte – 53.44 (NCAA B Cut)

400 Medley Relay

1. Miller / Reaney / Whyte / Ryan – 3:36.84 (No Standard)

200 Medley Relay

2. Catherine Mulquin / Reaney / Catherine Galletti / Ryan – 1:39.80 (No Standard)

NCAA Rankings – Individual (Top 50 Only)

200 Breaststroke

1. Reaney – 2:05.85 (NCAA A Cut)

100 Breaststroke

6. Reaney – 59.22 (NCAA B Cut)

22. Christen McDonough – 1:00.51 (NCAA B Cut)

200 IM

6. Reaney – 1:55.18 (NCAA A Cut)

28. Miller – 1:58.16 (NCAA B Cut)

400 IM

27. Miller – 4:12.06 (NCAA B Cut)

200 Backstroke

35. Ryan – 1:55.75 (NCAA B Cut)

100 Butterfly

T-43. Whyte – 53.44 (NCAA B Cut)

200 Butterfly

29. Casey – 1:57.62 (NCAA B Cut)

100 Backstroke

T-50. Ryan – 53.87 (NCAA B Cut)

NCAA Rankings – Relays (Top 25 Only)

200 Free Relay

24. McDonough / Ryan / Galletti / Reaney – 1:31.55 (No Standard)

200 Medley Relay

21. Mulquin / Reaney / Galletti / Ryan – 1:39.80 (No Standard)

400 Medley Relay

15. Miller / Reaney / Whyte / Ryan – 3:36.84 (No Standard)

– Russell Dorn, Assistant Media Relations Director