Jan. 21, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team started strong, and never looked back, as it handily defeated Michigan State, 218-82, in a Saturday dual meet at Rolfs Aquatic Center. The Irish won all 16 events to cruise past the visiting Spartans.
A plethora of Irish student-athletes turned in impressive days, but arguably none more so than sophomore Kelly Ryan. The Hinsdale, Ill., native won the 50 free, the 100 and 200 backstrokes and swam a leg of the winning 400 free relay.
Winning three events were Amy Prestinario (100 free, 200 IM, 400 medley relay) and Emma Reaney (200 free, 100 fly, 400 free relay), while Christen McDonough (100 breast, 400 medley relay), Lauren Stauder (200 breast, 400 medley relay), Bridget Casey (200 fly, 500 free) and Lauren Scott (400 free and medley relays) each won two events.
Notre Dame continues its homestand next weekend, when it hosts the Shamrock Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
400 Medley Relay: The Notre Dame A and C relays distanced themselves from the pack immediately with strong backstroke and breaststroke legs … Amy Prestinario closed strong for the A squad, giving them the victory in 3:51.35 … the C team finished in 3:51.81.
1,000 Free: Michigan State’s KJ Burkland took the early lead … the Irish’s Jaime Malandra caught Burkland just after the 400 yard mark and never looked back in route to a 10:21.47 showing … Erin Foley claimed the bronze in 10:25.22.
100 Back: Irish standout Kelly Ryan registered the win for the Irish in 56.08 … Kim Holden, making her first appearance of the 2011-12 season after offseason surgery, finished in second with a 56.60 performance.
100 Breast: Christen McDonough pulled away from the pack after the first 50 and cruised on to finish in 1:05.07, good for another Irish victory … Lauren Stauder took the silver medal for Notre Dame, touching the pad in 1:06.28.
50 Free: Ryan continued the winning streak for the Irish as she picked up the victory with a 23.65 showing … Prestinario took the bronze in 24.04 while Hannah Bowen (24.22) and Bessire (24.63) rounded out the Irish attack with fourth and fifth-place finishes.
100 Free: Prestinario took the win for the Irish in 51.43 for the eighth straight victory of the day for Notre Dame … Mikelle Masciantonio took third for the Irish in 53.44.
200 Back: Ryan and Reaney teamed for a 1-2 finish for the Irish … Ryan got to an early lead and paced to a 2:02.60 performance … Reaney clocked in at 2:04.59.
200 Breast: Stauder took control of the race from the start and powered her way to a 2:19.25 and her first individual victory on the day … McDonough finished in second for Notre Dame in 2:27.72.
500 Free: Bridget Casey (5:02.40) took the early lead and held off Michigan State’s Hannah Pugh for the victory … Gracie Fredlake and Bessire finished in third and fourth place, respectively, with times of 5:08.69 and 5:09.18.
100 Fly: Reaney picked up her second individual win of the day with her 55.65 showing … Dotzel clocked in next at 56.03 and a second-place finish.
200 IM: It was a tight race through the finish, but Prestinario edged Alex Pierce of Michigan State for the victory in 2:08.15.
400 Free Relay: The quartet of Reaney, Ryan, Bessire and L. Scott took the win with a 3:28.64 performance … the squad of Bowen, Malandra, Dotzel and Fredlake finished in 3:36.87 and in third place.
3-meter Diving: Chiang and Casareto combined for yet another Irish 1-2 finish on the afternoon … Chiang tallied 342.83 points while Casareto totaled 326.77 points.