Nov. 1, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In what has become an annual dual-meet thriller, Purdue edged out the University of Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team, 155.5-144.5, Friday night at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center despite three individual wins from junior standout Emma Reaney and eight Irish wins total.
The Irish and Boilermakers have competed against each other in an early-season dual meet every year since 2004. Incredible finishes have been the norm for this rivalry as Purdue has won by 11 points or less in three of the last four years with just 25 points separating the two teams in 2010 (155-145), 2012 (152-148) and 2013 (155.5-144.5) combined. Friday night the Irish claimed victory in seven individual events and a relay but couldn’t quite match Purdue in every event.
“Depth gave them the edge tonight for sure,” said head coach Brian Barnes. “But we had several great performances that we are proud of. I was especially happy for Kelly (Ryan), Courtney (Whyte) and Anna (Grainger) as they went 1-2-3 in the 200 back.
“I like how we raced tonight. We were a little low in the water, but that’s a sign of a hard working team. We have had trouble closing out meets so far this season but we are preparing for the spring and the team will learn from this performance.”
Earning wins for the Irish individually were Reaney (200 Free, 100 Breast and 200 Breast), freshman Catherine Mulquin (100 Back), senior Kelly Ryan (200 Back), freshman Katie Miller (200 IM) and junior diving standout Allison Casareto (1-Meter Dive). Notre Dame also claimed the 200 medley relay as Mulquin, Reaney, sophomore Catherine Galletti and Ryan won in 1:42.43.
In addition to a pair of wins, Reaney also notched a couple of NCAA B cuts in the 100 (1:01.94) and 200 (2:13.55) breast events. Miller has gotten off to a hot start in her first collegiate campaign, as she is 2-0 in the 200 IM, having defeated swimmers from Indiana, Auburn and now Purdue.
Also turning in impressive performances and earning runner-up finishes were Miller in the 1,000 free, Ryan in the 100 back, junior Bridget Casey in the 200 fly, Galletti in the 50 free, Whyte in the 200 back and sophomore diver Lindsey Streepey in the 3-meter discipline. The 400 free relay team of Ryan, Mulquin, Genevieve Bradford and Miller also claimed second in a time of 3:28.71.
Notre Dame continues its busy month next Saturday when it gets its first taste of Atlantic Coast Conference action with a double dual against Pitt and Virginia Tech at Trees Pool in Pittsburgh, Pa. The meet time hasn’t been decided, but will be posted on UND.com, Facebook.com/NDwSwimmingDiving and Twitter (@NDwSwimming).
Final: Purdue – 155.5, Notre Dame – 144.5
Notre Dame Event Victories
200 Medley Relay: 1:42.43
200 Free: Emma Reaney (1:49.99)
100 Back: Catherine Mulquin (56.55)
100 Breast: Emma Reaney (1:01.94 – NCAA B Cut)
200 Back: Kelly Ryan (2:00.39)
200 Breast: Emma Reaney (2:13.55 – NCAA B Cut)
200 IM: Katie Miller (2:03.60)
1-Meter Dive: Allison Casareto (301.80 Points)
Notre Dame Runner-Up Finishes
1,000 Free: Katie Miller (10:11.79)
100 Back: Kelly Ryan (57.29)
200 Fly: Bridget Casey (2:02.20)
50 Free: Catherine Galletti (23.50)
200 Back: Courtney Whyte (2:03.44)
400 Free Relay: 3:28.71
3-Meter Dive: Lindsey Streepey (323.18 Points)
— Russell Dorn, Assistant Media Relations Director