Nov. 8, 2014
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Five victories highlighted day two of a double dual meet against Atlantic Coast Conference foes Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech at Rolfs Aquatic Center, as the Irish finished the weekend with wins in 10 out of 20 events. Notre Dame bested the Panthers, 230-140, but fell to the Hokies, 198-172, in a battle that was close from beginning to end.
Leading the charge for the Irish throughout the weekend were senior Emma Reaney and sophomore Catherine Mulquin. The duo claimed seven of the eight individual victories for the Irish and also swam a leg on both relay wins.
“This weekend was great because it was the first time we got to go through the entire meet schedule that we will swim at conference,” said Mulquin. “I think it was really good for us to get in those swims that we haven’t done yet in addition to continuing to practice the ones we have been.”
The Irish opened the meet in style, as the foursome of Catherine Mulquin, Emma Reaney, Courtney Whyte and Catherine Galletti claimed first in the 400 medley relay (3:43.29) to complete the sweep of both medley relay events this weekend.
Reaney added to her weekend haul with two individual victories on day two. The Lawrence, Kansas native touched the pad first in the 200 IM, posting a time of 2:01.60 to miss an NCAA B cut by just .01 seconds. Later in the day, she won the 200 breast in an NCAA B cut time of 2:12.13, beating the second-place foe by over 2.5 seconds. Elsewhere on the weekend, Reaney won the 100 breast title Friday and swam a leg on both of the winning medley relay events and the second place 200 and 400 free relay squads.
Meanwhile, Mulquin added to her impressive meet by claiming the 50 free crown in 23.51 and the 100 back title in 55.48. On the weekend, she won both sprint free events, the 100 back and swam a leg on both of the winning medley relays as well as a leg on the runner up 200 and 400 free relays.
“It feels really good to not be a one event person,” said Mulquin. “I think my free is really coming along in training and it’s really nice to see it in meets.”
“Catherine is an emerging star, it’s really clear,” said interim head coach Tim Welsh. “She races well, she’s a very competitive athlete and she knows how to give herself to a race in the same way Emma (Reaney) does. She’s earned her success. She works hard every day. She prepares well. I’m glad she’s on our side.”
Joining Mulquin on the figurative podium in the 100 back was Galletti, who finished second in 56.99.
In the 200 fly, the Irish finished second and third, as senior Bridget Casey and Whyte, recorded times of 2:02.60 and 2:03.40, respectively.
Notre Dame closed out the meet with a runner-up finish in the 400 free relay, as Reaney, sophomore Elizabeth House, Whyte and Mulquin stopped the watch in 3:27.41.
The Irish (3-5) close out the home portion of its fall schedule at 5 p.m. next Friday when they welcome in Big Ten opponent Illinois to Rolfs Aquatic Center. Fans can follow the meet through the live stats link on UND.com or by downloading the Meet Mobile app.
Virginia Tech 198, Notre Dame 172
Notre Dame 230, Pittsburgh 140
1-Meter Dive (298.75): Allison Casareto
100 Fly (54.38): Emma Reaney (NCAA B Cut)
100 Breast (1:01.04): Emma Reaney (NCAA B Cut)
100 Free (50.82): Catherine Mulquin
200 IM (2:01.60): Emma Reaney
50 Free (23.51): Catherine Mulquin
100 Back (55.48): Catherine Mulquin
200 Breast (2:12.13): Emma Reaney (NCAA B Cut)
IRISH RUNNER-UP FINISHES
400 IM (4:24.52): Katie Miller
1-Meter Dive (284.80): Lindsey Streepey
200 Back (2:02.13): Katie Miller
200 Fly (2:02.60): Bridget Casey
100 Back (56.99): Catherine Galletti
3-Meter Dive (308.20): Lindsey Streepey
–Russell Dorn, Assistant Media Relations Director