Nov. 7, 2015
– By Lizzie Mikes
CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. – The University of Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team wrapped up competition with Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center. The Irish were bested by the Hokies, 208-162, and narrowly lost to the Panthers, 188-182.
“We had many opportunities throughout today to take steps forward; and we took advantage of some of them,” head coach Mike Litzinger says. “However, this team needs to transfer the great work ethic they have in the training pool into the competition pool.”
After finishing first and second in Friday’s 3-meter event, senior divers Lindsey Streepey and Emma Gaboury had the top scores for the Irish in the 1-meter event Saturday. Gaboury came in third (283.40) while Streepey placed fourth (281.70).
In the swimming portion of the meet, both Kyra Sarazen and Ella Moynihan swam season-best performances. Sarazen placed third in the 200 IM (2:06.58) and took fourth in the 100 back (56.77), while Moynihan finished fourth in the 500 free (4:58.16) and came in second in the 200 free (1:50.89). Moynihan also anchored the A-team lineup in the 400 free relay with her 51.13 split, helping the team finish second (3:27.25).
Other top-three performers for the Irish on Saturday included Catherine Galletti (second, 23.79) and Sofia Revilak (third, 23.86) in the 50 free, as well as Nicole Smith (third, 2:03.80) in the 200 fly and Alice Treuth (third, 56.38) in the 100 back. The A-team lineup of Catherine Mulquin, Danielle Margheret, Galletti and Revilak also clinched third place in the 400 medley relay with their time of 3:48.09.
The Irish have one more meet in the month of November, the Purdue Invitational held at the Boilermaker Aquatics Center Nov. 20-22nd.
“Next up, we have the Purdue Invitational; it will be another multi-day meet, and this group will have to continue to challenge themselves,” states Litzinger, “but as a team we will continue to work hard and work together.”
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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. 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.