Nov. 15, 2013
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team won all 16 events to take down in-state foe Valparaiso, 219-60, in front of 347 fans Friday night at Rolfs Aquatic Center.
“We had a lot of fun tonight while at the same time knowing that we have strong competition tomorrow in Wisconsin,” said head coach Brian Barnes. “We also got information. The coaching staff got to see a lot of people swim events that they normally don’t get to swim. That information helps us assemble the best relays we possibly can as we move forward with the season.”
The Irish (3-3) had 13 different student-athletes win the 14 individual events with junior Emma Reaney claiming two wins in the 200 fly (2:03.51) and the 100 free (52.60). Earning individual wins for the first time this season were junior Erin Foley (1,650 free), sophomore Catherine Galletti (100 back), sophomore Genevieve Bradford (100 breast), senior Christen McDonough (50 free), senior Lauren Stauder (200 breast), freshman Elizabeth House (500 free) and junior Courtney Whyte (200 IM).
Earning the other wins were junior Bridget Casey (200 free), sophomore Lindsey Streepey (1-meter dive), freshman Catherine Mulquin (200 back), senior Kelly Ryan (100 fly) and junior Allison Casareto (3-meter dive).
Notre Dame also claimed the two relays, winning the 200 medley relay in 1:46.22 with Ryan, Stauder, Heidkamp and McDonough and the 200 free relay in 1:37.25 with Ryan, Stauder, McDonough and senior Mikelle Masciantonio.
The Irish exhibitioned competitors in the last five events, but would have taken at least the top two spots in every event except the final relay where only one team competed.
“I was really happy with the way Elizabeth (House) raced today,” said Barnes. It’s always neat to get your first collegiate win. I’m excited to see how she does tomorrow. Catherine (Mulquin) raced well today in some different events than she would normally do. And Katie (Miller) competed in the 200 breaststroke and it was fun to watch her in an event that wouldn’t be considered a primary event for her. But being an IMer she needs to know a little bit about the 200 breaststroke. All in all, I’m excited about our freshman class and the future of our program.”
Notre Dame returns to action at 11 a.m. Saturday morning as it welcomes in No. 24 Wisconsin for what is sure to be a close dual meet between two NCAA-quality opponents.
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Notre Dame 219, Valparaiso 60
Notre Dame Event Wins
1,650 Free (17:30.84) – Erin Foley
200 Free (1:55.42) – Bridget Casey
100 Back (56.73) – Catherine Galletti
100 Breast (1:05.46) – Genevieve Bradford
200 Fly (2:03.51) – Emma Reaney
50 Free (24.06) – Christen McDonough
1-Meter Dive (295.80) – Lindsey Streepey
100 Free (52.60) – Emma Reaney
200 Back (2:08.69) – Catherine Mulquin
200 Breast (2:23.76) – Lauren Stauder
500 Free (5:09.62) – Elizabeth House
100 Fly (56.59) – Kelly Ryan
3-Meter Dive (361.20) – Allison Casareto
200 IM (2:09.24) – Courtney Whyte
Notre Dame Runner-Up Finishes
1,650 Free (17:43.21) – Molly Barry
200 Free (1:55.45) – Elizabeth House
100 Back (57.32) – Courtney Whyte
100 Breast (1:07.17) – Danielle Margheret
200 Fly (2:11.74) – Genevieve Heidkamp
50 Free (24.41) – Catherine Galletti
1-Meter Dive (295.42) – Allison Casareto
100 Free (54.12) – Katie Miller
200 Back (2:10.44) – Melissa Scott
200 Breast (2:26.01) – Katie Miller
— Russell Dorn, Assistant Media Relations Director