Notre Dame wrapped up its first day at the U.S. Nationals in Columbus, Ohio.

Irish Excel On First Day Of U.S. Nationals

Dec. 2, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Senior All-American Amywren Miller led the Notre Dame women’s swimming team on the first day of the 2010 U.S. Short Course Nationals at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Miller was victorious in the B-final of the 50 free after going 22.65. That time was not only her fastest of the season, but the first time she broke the 23-second barrier on the campaign.

The squad of Amy Prestinario, Kelly Ryan, Lauren Scott and Miller provided the most dramatic swim of the night for the Irish. The four combined for a seventh-place finish in the 200 free relay in a blistering 1:32.85. Miller caught Lousiville’s Grite Apanaviciute on the final lap, finishing just one one-hundredth of a second ahead of the conference foe.

The action will resume Friday (Dec. 3) with the 9:00 a.m. (ET) preliminary session. Live results will be available at

200 Free Relay: The quartet of Prestinario, Ryan, Scott and Miller finished in seventh place in a time of 1:32.85 … Miller touched the wall just one one-hundredth of a second ahead of conference rival Louisville.

500 Free: Gracie Fredlake paced herself to a 4:59.13, her fastest on the young season.

200 Individual Medley: Senior All-American Samantha Maxwell touched the pad in 2:03.58 to lead all Irish swimmers … junior Emily Barton froze the clock at 2:07.96 while freshman Mikelle Masciantonio rounded out the field with a 2:09.16.

50 Free: Miller won the B-final of the evening session in a 22.65 after registering a preliminary time of 22.79 earlier in the day … Prestinario and Scott stopped the clock at 23.67 and 23.70, respectively.

400 Medley Relay: Kim Holden, Maxwell, Katie Casey and Miller combined to post a 3:40.87 … the foursome of Ryan, Lauren Stauder, Scott and Prestinario finished in 3:43.57.