Jan. 19, 2008
TOLEDO, Ohio – Coming off a big win over Louisville last night, the Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team traveled to take on Toledo Saturday afternoon, falling to the Rockets in one of the closest dual-meets for the Irish this season. Toledo took the victory, 158.5-141.5, putting the Irish at 3-6 in dual meets on the season. It snapped a two dual-meet win streak for Notre Dame and evened up the series between the two teams to 1-1.
“Toledo was ready to swim against us today and that was very apparent,” assistant coach Joel White said. “They prepared very well and as a result they were breaking school and team records. They were swimming out of their minds.
“We’re at a time in our season where we’re swimming well, we just haven’t hit our peak yetand that’s ok because we need that for BIG EAST. They put together a line up that they had to in order to beat us and that’s what they did. We’ve got some work to do and we’ll be ready BIG EAST.”
Early on in the meet sophomore Lexi Shue found success in the pool as she dominated the field in the 1,000 freestyle by taking the individual title and setting a new Toledo pool record. Her time of 10:05.09 broke the previous record of 10:08.62 and was a season best for Shue by over seven seconds.
Freshman Sam Maxwell continues to throttle her opponents in the breaststroke, taking the victories for the Irish in both the 100 and 200. Maxwell has now earned three consecutive victories in each breaststroke event between Notre Dame’s last three swimming meets. She is the number one swimmer for the Irish in each event this season.
The Irish will take return home for their next meet against West Virginia in the Shamrock Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 26. It will be Notre Dame’s final competition before the BIG EAST Championship. Rest will play a factor the Irish’s preparation for the coming weeks with the championship in sight. Check UND.com next week for more details on the Notre Dame’s upcoming competition.