Oct. 28, 2011
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Claiming victories in 13 events, the Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team knocked off BIG EAST rival Pittsburgh, 185-115, on Friday afternoon at Trees Pool.
Freshman Emma Reaney paced the Irish, winning two events (200 breast and IM).
Notre Dame (3-1) continues its road trip next Friday when the Irish make the short trip to West Lafayette, Ind., for a dual meet with the Boilermakers of Purdue. The meet gets underway at 5 p.m. The Irish will be looking for a measure of revenge after the Boilermakers edged Notre Dame, 155-145, last year at the Rolfs Aquatic Center.
The Irish took the top two spots, with freshman Allison Casareto cruising passed teammate Jenny Chiang to take first. Casareto had a total score of 293.18, with Chiang finishing 15 points back at 278.18.
Chiang and Casareto continued their strong showing on the boards, flipping positions in the 1-meter dive. Chiang scored 295.05 points to best Casareto (288.90) by under seven points.
200 Medley Relay
Notre Dame claimed first in a time of 1:45.46. The Irish led from the beginning. Notre Dame’s “B” squad took third in 1:47.34.
Freshman Erin Foley took second in 10:17.47, trailing Pittsburgh’s Kelsey Herbst by just over four seconds. Foley led for most of the race, but eventually sacrificed the lead at the 7:41.70 mark of the race.
Freshman Suzanne Bessire took the 200 free by almost two seconds, winning in 1:51.87. Pittsburgh’s Dani des Tombe touched the pad in second place In 1:53.53.
Freshman Kelly Ryan continued her winning ways in the 100 back, taking the race in 57.11, a half second in front of Pittsburgh’s Joanna Budzis.
Sophomore Lauren Stauder led from start to finish, taking the 100 breast in 1:05.86.
Freshman Hannah Bowen continued her early season success in the 50 free, touching the wall just .20 seconds ahead of teammate Ryan. Bowen finished in 23.53, with Ryan following closely behind in 23.73.
Senior Amy Prestinario took the lead from the beginning of the race, taking first in 52.12. Bessire followed a second back in third (53.27).
Pittsburgh had its best showing in the 200 back, taking the top two spots. Junior Gracie Fredlake took third in 2:04.45.
The Irish took two of the top three spots in the 200 breaststroke, with freshman Emma Reaney claiming first in 2:18.02. Reaney led from start to finish, eventually winning by just under .50 seconds. Stauder claimed third in 2:19.29.
Ryan claimed her second top two finish of the night, placing second in the 500 free in 4:58.67. She finished just .28 behind Pittsburgh’s Kelsey Herbst, who pulled the 500 and 1,000 sweep.
Junior Lauren Scott took first in 57.21 to take the 100 fly crown in .51 seconds. Casey turned in a third-place finish in 57.81.
Reaney claimed her second victory of the night, winning the 200 IM in 2:04.72. Prestinario finished second, almost three seconds back (2:07.50).
400 Free Relay
The Irish finished off their victory in the final event of the night, taking the 400 freestyle relay in over three seconds (3:30.44). The Notre Dame “B” squad took third in 3:39.06.