Feb. 19, 2016
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The University of Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team moved to seventh place in the ACC Championship Friday night. With 10 swimmers in various final heats and two divers in the finals, the Irish had an impressive day’s worth of competition.
“Today was a really up and down day/night for us,” head coach Mike Litzinger said. “The divers were fantastic and carried the evening, without a doubt. We had 10 swimming opportunities tonight. Our breaststroke group was extremely strong, along with our 200 free swimmers. Catherine Mulquin and Alice Treuth swam solid backstrokes, and we were able to climb and claw to fifth place – but then had a very disappointing disqualification in the medley relay.
“This team has a chance to move up – but they have to want it badly,” he finished.
In arguably the best event for the Irish Friday, junior Danielle Margheret earned the team’s first A-final appearance in the 100 breast with her 1:01.05 prelim time. Seeded eighth, she finished there, touching the wall in 1:01.66 in the evening. Alyssa Storino and Genevieve Bradford tied for 14th in their preliminary race, sharing a 1:02.35 B-cut. Bradford finished 14th overall (1:02.43) while Storino came in 15th (1:02.56). Freshman Meaghan O’Donnell earned a berth in the C final (1:02.82 prelim time) and finished 20th overall (1:02.41, B-cut). Sherri McIntee also placed 26th (1:02.97).
In diving, the women’s three-meter competition heated up when seniors Lindsey Streepey and Emma Gaboury both qualified for the evening final competition. Gaboury – seeded second off her 356.05 preliminary score – finished fifth (331.95). Streepey for her part was seeded third after scoring 318.65 in the morning, and placed fourth (332.95). Annie Crea placed 18th (287.05) and Deidre Worth took 22nd (280.90).
In the first event of the day, the 400 IM, no swimmers advanced to the evening finals, but Katie Miller had the top time with her 4:22.55 showing. Miller finished 26th in the standings, while freshmen Paige Kaplan touched in at 35th (4:28.54) and Ellie Berdusco, 40th (4:33.63).
In the 100 fly, freshman Sofia Revilak earned two b-cuts for her efforts, finishing 15th in the evening’s B-final heat (54.11). Senior Catherine Galletti came in 19th (54.14), while freshman Nicole Smith – just missing the C finals – finished 28th with a time of 55.05.
In the 200 free, Ella Moynihan continued to amaze and earn top marks for the Irish, swimming to 14th with a 1:46.95 showing (1:47.15 prelims). Joining her in the evening was classmate Kyra Sarazen, who touched the wall 17th (1:47.08). Molly Treble also swam in the morning prelims, clocking in at 1:50.91.
In the 100 Back, Mulquin finished tied for 11th (53.49), while Treuth took 15th (54.16). Galletti, in her second race of the day, touched the wall in 55.72.
In the last race of the day, the 400 medley relay was disqualified for an early takeoff from the second swimmer. The Irish are back in the water for the last day of competition Saturday.
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Lizzie Mikes serves as Media Services Coordinator at the University of Notre Dame. A 2013 graduate of Johnson & Wales University, she oversees credential management and is the athletic communications director for Fighting Irish men’s and women’s swimming and diving and track and field. She has assisted with numerous NCAA postseason events hosted by Notre Dame, and is heavily involved in the day-to-day tasks of the athletic communications office.