Dec. 4, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team closed out the OSU Invitational on Sunday with six top-three finishes, highlighted by sophomore Kelly Ryan’s pair of second-place performances in the 200 back and 100 free.
The Irish closed out the three-day meet in fourth place with 718 points. The host Buckeyes won the team title with 981.50 points.
Besides Ryan’s two second-place finishes, freshman Erin Foley placed second in the 1,650 free, freshman Emma Reaney and sophomore Lauren Stauder took second and third in the 200 breast and the 400 free relay team finished third.
For the weekend, Reaney won both the 200 and 400 IMs, finished second in the 200 breast, third in the 100 breast and 400 and 800 free relays and fourth in the 400 medley relay.
Ryan placed second in the 100 and 200 back and the 100 free, third in the 400 and 800 free relay, fourth in the 200 free relay and fifth in the 200 medley relay.
Notre Dame will now take a break from competition until after the holidays, when the Irish take their annual trip to Hawaii for training and a dual meet with the University of Hawaii.
Foley cruised to second place, finishing in 16:46.61, to top the third place finisher by over five seconds. Junior Jaime Malandra took seventh in 17:06.20.
Ryan (1:55.66) led throughout the race, but couldn’t hold the lead after the final turn as Ohio State’s Emily Creran swam a blistering 28.90 to take first in 1:55.39. Creran’s and Ryan’s times were both meet records and NCAA B-cut times. Junior Gracie Fredlake took 10th in 1:59.88.
Ryan turned in her second runner-up finish on the day, touching the pad in a NCAA B-cut time of 49.62. Ryan trailed early to Penn State’s Sam Palser, but rallied over the final lap to miss out on first by just .25 seconds. Senior Amy Prestinario placed fifth with a NCAA B-cut time of 50.03.
Reaney wrapped up her impressive weekend with a second place finish in the 200 breast. The Lawrence, Kan., product finished in a NCAA B-cut time of 2:12.37. Stauder followed just behind in third, also securing a NCAA B-cut with a time of 2:13.05. Sophomore Christen McDonough placed seventh in 2:18.81.
400 Free Relay
The Irish closed out the weekend with a third place finish in the 400 free relay in a NCAA B-cut time of 3:20.93. Swimming for the Irish were Prestinario, Ryan, Reaney and freshman Hannah Bowen.