Oct. 31, 2015
– By Lizzie Mikes
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In their second meet in as many days, the University of Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team took a trip down to Purdue for a triple-dual meet with the Boilermakers and the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Irish lost to both teams, 169-123 against Purdue and 176-113 against Ohio State.
“Today played out exactly how I thought it would,” head coach Mike Litzinger says. “We wanted to test our girls in a scenario where we swam at night, and came back to compete the following day, to see how they responded. The results we saw today were par for the course, and now we as a coaching staff can make adjustments and improve for next time.”
Top performers included Catherine Mulquin (100 back, 2nd, 55.76; 100 free, 4th, 51.56), Alice Treuth (100 back, 6th, 56.61; 200 back, 2nd, 1:59.56) and Sofia Revilak (50 free, 4th, 23.92; 100 fly, 2nd, 56.00).
“I thought Alice and Sofia did a nice job; they responded up to the competition that we faced today,” continues Litzinger. “We want to keep moving forward with that kind of attitude and spirit.”
In diving, Lindsey Streepey added to an already impressive weekend of results, finishing third in the 1-meter (283.20) and second in the 3-meter (300.35). She won both events Friday.
The Irish are next in the pool against Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh, Nov. 6-7 at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center in Christiansburg, Va.
“I think Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh are well-coached teams, however, we match up very well with both groups,” admits Litzinger. “I think that meet will be a shootout, and whichever team comes ready to race, and ready to win will. It’ll be a knock down, drag out situation, but it will be fun; I’m looking forward to it. These scenarios of back-to-back races, combined with the weight training and boxing our girls have been doing, it’s all new for this team; it takes it’s toll. But the reality is we need our team to step up to the blocks ready to race, and being in these type of meets is helpful training for the postseason meets.
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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.