Feb. 6, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Fresh off an outstanding performance at last weekend’s Shamrock Invitational, the University of Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team returns to Rolfs Aquatic Center for one final time this season at 12 p.m. (ET) Saturday when it welcomes in Cleveland State for what has become an annual dual meet.
Last weekend, the Irish had a dominating Shamrock Invitational, as they won 17 events, earned 15 runner-up finishes, broke five Rolfs Aquatic Center pool records and recorded 11 NCAA B cuts to blow past opponents Iowa (282.50-87.50) and Incarnate Word (292-62) and put a cap on an outstanding weekend for the eight Irish seniors that were honored in a special ceremony Saturday night.
Senior Emma Reaney played a role in four pool records, as she lowered her own marks in the 200 IM (1:56.94) and 200 breast (2:09.11), while swimming a leg of the record-setting 200 (1:40.33) and 400 (3:39.21) medley relay squads. In both relays, she teamed with junior Catherine Galletti, fellow senior Courtney Whyte and sophomore Catherine Mulquin. Galletti also notched a pool record, as she lowered the 100 fly mark (53.35).
On the boards, senior Allison Casareto continued her impressive 2014-15 campaign with two more wins. Casareto, along with teammates Lindsey Streepey and Emma Gaboury are qualified for the NCAA Zone C Meet in early March.
After the NCAA converted her times in both breaststroke events from her trip to the World Short Course Championships in December, Reaney sits third in the national rankings in the 100 breast (59.04) and fourth in the 200 breast (2:08.27). The Lawrence, Kansas native is also ninth in the 200 IM (1:56.94).
Elsewhere, Galletti moved into 43rd place in the 100 fly (53.35) after her strong showing this past weekend, while Whyte is tied for 48th nationally in the 200 fly (1:58.46).
In the ACC rankings, Reaney is first in the 100 breast, second in the 200 breast and fourth in the 200 IM. Mulquin is tied for eighth in the 100 free (49.75), while Galletti is eighth in the previously mentioned 100 fly.
A familiar opponent awaits the Irish (6-9) Saturday, as Cleveland State (4-7) comes calling for the second consecutive year.
Admission to Rolfs is free. Fans that can’t make it out can follow the live stats link through UND.com.
The co-ed meet will offer several seniors one last opportunity to compete at the pool they’ve called home for the last four seasons. It will also be the final home meet for veteran coach and true Notre Dame ambassador, Tim Welsh. The 30-year Irish coaching veteran retired in 2014 after 29 years as leader of the Notre Dame men’s program, only to be called back into action in September on an interim basis.
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. 200 Free Relay
NCAA Individual Rankings (Top 50 Only)
3. Emma Reaney (59.04 – converted)
4. Emma Reaney (2:08.27 – converted)
9. Emma Reaney (1:56.94)
43. Catherine Galletti (53.35)
T-48. Courtney Whyte (1:58.46)
NCAA Relay Rankings (Top 40 Only)
400 Medley Relay
200 Medley Relay
400 Free Relay
ACC Individual Rankings (Top 8 Only)
1. Emma Reaney (59.04 – converted)
2. Emma Reaney (2:08.27 – converted)
4. Emma Reaney (1:56.94)
T-8. Catherine Mulquin (49.75)
8. Catherine Galletti (53.35)
ACC Relay Rankings (Top 4 Only)
400 Medley Relay
NCAA Zone C Qualifiers
–Russell Dorn, Assistant Media Relations Director