Oct. 17, 2014
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ATLANTA – After a week full of midterms, the University of Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team won seven events and finished runner-up in three others Friday evening in dual meets against Georgia Tech and South Carolina at the GT Aquatic Center. However, the Irish couldn’t quite overcome the depth of the Yellow Jackets (157-143) and Gamecocks (180-120), as they suffered a pair of setbacks in their first road competition of the 2014-15 season.
“I’m pleased with how our team put together their races tonight. We had a lot of really good splits across the board,” said assistant coach Ryan Von Gunten. “We know the times and outcomes will only get better as we continue to focus on the championship meets at the end of the year. We had an excellent week of training and I was proud of how the squad maintained their focus in practice despite a stressful week of midterms. We are still learning how to swim fast when we are tired. That’s something that we can continue to work on tomorrow, as we get right back at it against Auburn and Vanderbilt.”
For Mulquin and Reaney, the win was the first of many on the day, as they combined to take five of the seven Irish wins. In individual competition, Mulquin claimed the 100 back (56.42) and 50 free (23.82) crowns, while Reaney won the 100 breast (1:01.78), 200 breast (2:16.57) and 200 IM (2:05.37). Reaney’s time in the 200 breast was the team’s first NCAA “B” cut this season.
Elsewhere, senior Bridget Casey turned in another strong swim in the event she holds the school record in – the 200 fly (2:03.68). The Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania native topped fellow captain Courtney Whyte (2:03.95) by .27 seconds and the third-place finisher Kate Brandus (Georgia Tech) by almost two seconds.
Mulquin missed out on three individual wins by .20 seconds, as she placed second in the 100 free (51.62). Freshman Sherri McIntee took second behind Reaney in the 200 breast (2:19.07) and sophomore Katie Miller claimed third in the 200 back (2:05.20).
“Sherri had a great 200 breast swim,” said Von Gunten. “She was behind at 175 yards and came back to take second. I was really proud of her determination at the end of that race.”
Despite the two losses, the experience of competing in the same aquatic center that will host the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships will prove to be invaluable as the squad continues to prepare for the late-February meet.
Notre Dame has a quick turnaround, as it busses to Auburn, Alabama for a 2 p.m. (ET) meet Saturday with Auburn and Vanderbilt. Fans can follow the action through live stats. A link for the action is on UND.com.
NCAA B Cuts
100 Breast (1:01.78): Emma Reaney
100 Back (56.42): Catherine Mulquin
100 Breast (1:01.78): Emma Reaney (NCAA B Cut)
200 Fly (2:03.68): Bridget Casey
50 Free (23.82): Catherine Mulquin
200 Breast (2:16.57): Emma Reaney
200 IM (2:05.37): Emma Reaney
Irish Runner-Up Finishes
200 Fly (2:03.95): Courtney Whyte
100 Free (51.62): Catherine Mulquin
200 Breast (2:19.07): Sherri McIntee
–Russell Dorn, Assistant Media Relations Director