Dec. 4, 2014
Meet Central – Texas Invitational
Meet Central – Hawkeye Invitational
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The fall season is coming to an end with a bang this weekend for the University of Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team, as the squad splits up for a pair of elite meets. The swimmers are heading to Austin, Texas for the Texas Invitational, while the divers travel to Iowa City, Iowa for the Hawkeye Invitational.
The Texas Invitational, which features No. 4 Texas, No. 13 USC, No. 11 Arizona, BYU, No. 23 Wisconsin, Utah, Wyoming, Harvard, Incarnate Word and UC Davis in addition to the Irish, gets underway Thursday (Dec. 4) and runs through Saturday (Dec. 6) at the impressive Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. All the swimmers on the roster, with the exception of U.S. National Team member Emma Reaney, will be in Austin to compete for the Irish. Reaney is in Doha, Qatar this week at the FINA Short Course World Championships.
Prelims are set to get underway Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m. ET, with finals slated for 7 p.m. ET all three nights.
Fans can watch Friday’s (7-9 p.m. ET) and Saturday’s (7-10 p.m. ET) finals live on the Longhorn Network. Thursday’s finals will air on tape delay from 1-3 a.m. ET Friday morning. It is also available through WatchESPN if Longhorn Network is an option through cable provider.
“We’ve tried to do three things since our last meet,” said interim head coach Tim Welsh. “First, we tried to go back into full training mode since we had had so many meets in a row. Secondly, we tried to work a little more on technical issues regarding starts, turns and finishes. Lastly, we worked on speed and to take a little rest heading into Texas.”
Meanwhile in Iowa, the Irish divers are heading back to the Hawkeye Invitational at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Natatorium for the third consecutive season. Last year, the entire Irish program put together a dominating performance in the eight-team meet, racking up 823 points on their way to a first-place finish. Two years ago, the divers were again by themselves in Iowa, totaling 96 points to finish eighth.
Joining the Irish in Iowa are full squads Iowa, Denver, Washington State and UW-Milwaukee and diving-only teams Iowa State, Nebraska, Northern Iowa, Ohio State and Michigan State.
Action gets underway at 11 a.m. ET Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with finals sessions set for 7 p.m. ET the first two days and 5 p.m. the last day.
Fans can follow this week’s action via live results and on the “Meet Mobile” swim meet app on cell phones and tablets. Download the application here.
ACC Rankings (Top 8 Only)
2. Emma Reaney (1:00.90)
4. Emma Reaney (2:12.13)
NCAA Rankings (Top 25 Only)
17. Emma Reaney (1:00.90)
19. Emma Reaney (2:12.13)
–Russell Dorn, Assistant Media Relations Director