Senior Caroline Johnson has the second-fastest time in the BIG EAST in the 100 back. Her time of 56.48 is the fastest on the Irish squad.

Irish Play Host To Shamrock Invitational

Jan. 24, 2008

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team will compete in the Shamrock Invitational Saturday at the Rolfs Aquatic Center with two separate sessions, the first set to begin at 9:30 a.m. (ET) and the second at 4 p.m. The dual meet with West Virginia is not only the final home competition for the Irish, but also the final meet before the BIG EAST Championship set for Feb. 20-23.

This will be the third BIG EAST foe Notre Dame has met this season. The Irish are currently 1-1 against the conference slate and they will look to improve upon the record with a win over the Mountaineers. It will be the second meeting between the two teams with Notre Dame holding the advantage, 1-0. The last time the Irish met with West Virginia was just a year ago when head coach Carrie Nixon led Notre Dame to defeat the Mountaineers, 222.5-147.5, in the 2007 Shamrock Invitational.

“We’re really looking forward to competing against West Virginia at home,” Nixon said. ” It will be our last opportunity to work on races and our race strategy before the BIG EAST Championship in a couple of weeks. It will be a great final home meet for our seniors to go out on.”

Going into Friday’s competition, the Irish women hold the fastest times in five individual events and one relay: Amywren Miller in the 50 free (23.03), Christa Riggins in the 200 free (1:48.42), Casey Wagner in the 1,650 free (16:43.28), Sam Maxwell in the 100 breast (1:02.48), Katie Casey in the 200 fly (2:01.09) and the 400-medley relay (3:26.58). Each of the individual times listed are also NCAA `B’ cut times. Notre Dame has at least one swimmer in the top five in nearly every event.