Senior Hannah Bowen swam a leg in the winning 200 free relay team Friday night before finishing second in the 100 free and 400 free relay Saturday.

Irish Wrap Up Winning Weekend With Exciting Senior Day

Jan. 31, 2015

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – It would have been tough for the University of Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team to script a better weekend. In their biggest home meet of the year, the Irish won 17 events, earned 15 runner-up finishes, broke five Rolfs Aquatic Center pool records and recorded 11 NCAA B Cuts to blow past opponents Iowa and Incarnate Word at the 2015 Shamrock Invitational. In addition, eight senior student-athletes were honored in a ceremony prior to Saturday evening’s final session that brought back many fond memories of the last four years together.

“I knew this would be one of my last times competing here (Rolfs) at this pool, so I tried to have the most fun I possibly could,” said senior diver Allison Casareto, who swept both diving events this weekend. “I tried to liken everything to a practice and take in all that I could that is enjoyable about the pool, about the boards and the people around me and soak in all that energy and see where it took me.”

Casareto wasn’t the only senior that had a big weekend. All-American Emma Reaney surprised no one with an impressive meet that featured three individual wins, four relay victories and four pool records (two individual, two relay) as she slowly begins to put a cap on her world-class time here at Notre Dame.

“At this point in the season, this is exactly where I want to be with my 200 IM and 200 breast,” said Reaney. “I trained a lot of sprint stuff before world championships because I thought I was only going to do the 50 and 100 (breast) and then when I got back I trained mostly 200 stuff. So I need to kind of get my sprint back, I wish my 100 (breast) had been a little faster today.

As far as the sort of finality that surrounded the weekend with Saturday’s senior ceremony, Reaney hasn’t had time to reflect on it quite yet.

“I don’t know when it’s going to hit (the emotion of being a senior) because I still don’t feel like November was our last football game. I still feel like we will be going back next season. It’s going to take awhile for it to all sink in. We have a team dinner tonight where the juniors read speeches about the seniors and my best friend in the whole world is reading mine, I’m getting choked up just thinking about it, so that’s when it’s going to get emotional.”

Notre Dame (6-9) wraps up its regular season next weekend with a 12 p.m. ET Saturday dual meet with Cleveland State. Admission is free for all fans.

EVENING SESSION

Notre Dame swept the 200 breast, led by Reaney’s pool record in the event. She went 2:09.11 to lower her mark of 2:10.75 set January 12, 2013. Freshman Sherri McIntee (2:15.48) and sophomore Danielle Margheret (2:16.31) followed right behind Reaney to help extend Notre Dame’s impressive lead over both opponents.

The Irish claimed the top two spots in the 200 back, as sophomore Katie Miller touched the wall first in 2:00.05 and junior Catherine Galletti placed second in 2:01.48.

In the 100 free, sophomore Catherine Mulquin notched an NCAA B Cut (49.81) to win the event by 1.84 seconds. Senior Hannah Bowen claimed second in 51.55.

Another event, another sweep for the Irish, as the trio of senior Courtney Whyte (1:58.70), senior Bridget Casey (1:58.81) and senior Melissa Scott (2:01.24) took all three spots on the figurative podium. Whyte and Casey both registered NCAA B Cuts, with Whyte just missing out on the pool record by .08 seconds.

The Irish closed out the meet with a fun 400 free relay that allowed all seven swimming seniors an opportunity to compete. The foursome of Reaney, Genevieve Bradford, Galletti and Mulquin claimed first in 3:22.03, while Suzanne Bessire, Bowen, Whyte and Elizabeth House placed second in 3:27.44.

MORNING SESSION

Notre Dame started off day two with its third pool record of the weekend, as Galletti, Reaney, Whyte and Mulquin lowered the school mark in the 200 medley relay. The foursome went 1:40.33 to break Auburn’s record of 1:40.84 that was set by Bos, Duncan, Riordan and Vanderpool-Wallace Oct. 21, 2011.

The Irish swept the top five spots in the 100 fly, led by Galletti’s pool record time of 53.35, which was also an NCAA B Cut. Reaney claimed second and also notched an NCAA B Cut (53.99), while Whyte finished third (54.81).

Galletti won her second individual event of the day in the 100 back, notching an NCAA B Cut time of 53.95. Mulquin (54.48 – NCAA B Cut) and Whyte (55.69) helped the Irish sweep the top three spots.

On the 1-meter, Casareto completed her weekend sweep by totaling 321.50 points on her way to victory. Teammates Lindsey Streepey (298.70) and Emma Gaboury (281.20) claimed second and a tie for third, respectively.

It was a Notre Dame sweep in the 200 free, as House took first in 1:50.72, followed by senior Suzanne Bessire (1:52.03) and freshman Molly Treble (1:52.94).

Reaney turned in an effortless performance in the 100 breast, as she notched an NCAA B Cut time of 1:00.05 to pick up her second individual victory of the meet. Margheret claimed second in 1:02.63.

The Irish placed two competitors in the top three in the 400 IM, as Casey took second (4:21.56) and Miller placed third (4:21.71).

Notre Dame closed out the morning session with a win in the 800 free relay, as Bessire, Bradford, House and Reaney touched the pad in 7:26.95.

FINAL SCORES

Notre Dame 292, Incarnate Word 62

Notre Dame 282.50, Iowa 87.50

ROLFS AQUATIC CENTER RECORDS

200 IM (1:56.94): Emma Reaney

400 Medley Relay (3:39.21): Catherine Galletti / Emma Reaney / Courtney Whyte / Catherine Mulquin

200 Medley Relay (1:40.33): Catherine Galletti / Emma Reaney / Courtney Whyte / Catherine Mulquin

100 Fly (53.35): Catherine Galletti

200 Breast (2:09.11): Emma Reaney

NCAA B CUTS

200 IM (1:56.94): Emma Reaney

100 Fly (53.35): Catherine Galletti

100 Fly (53.99): Emma Reaney

100 Breast (1:00.05): Emma Reaney

100 Back (53.95): Catherine Galletti

100 Back (54.48): Catherine Mulquin

100 Free (49.81): Catherine Mulquin

200 Breast (2:09.11): Emma Reaney

200 Breast (2:15.48): Sherri McIntee

200 Fly (1:58.70): Courtney Whyte

200 Fly (1:58.81): Bridget Casey

IRISH VICTORIES

200 Free Relay (1:32.49): Hannah Bowen / Suzanne Bessire / Catherine Galletti / Catherine Mulquin

200 IM (1:56.94): Emma Reaney

50 Free (23.10): Catherine Mulquin

400 Medley Relay (3:39.21): Catherine Galletti / Emma Reaney / Courtney Whyte / Catherine Mulquin

3-Meter Dive (359.75): Allison Casareto

200 Medley Relay (1:40.33): Catherine Galletti / Emma Reaney / Courtney Whyte / Catherine Mulquin

100 Fly (53.35): Catherine Galletti

200 Free (1:50.72): Elizabeth House

100 Breast (1:00.05): Emma Reaney

100 Back (53.95): Catherine Galletti

800 Free Relay (7:26.95): Suzanne Bessire / Genevieve Bradford / Elizabeth House / Emma Reaney

1-Meter Dive (321.50): Allison Casareto

100 Free (49.81): Catherine Mulquin

200 Back (2:00.05): Katie Miller

200 Breast (2:09.11): Emma Reaney

200 Fly (1:58.70): Courtney Whyte

400 Free Relay (3:22.03): Emma Reaney / Genevieve Bradford / Catherine Galletti / Catherine Mulquin

IRISH RUNNER-UP FINISHES

500 Free (4:54.68): Molly Treble

50 Free (23.14): Catherine Galletti

400 Medley Relay (3:45.84): Katie Miller / Danielle Margheret / Bridget Casey / Elizabeth House

3-Meter Dive (331.70): Emma Gaboury

400 IM (4:21.56): Bridget Casey

100 Fly (53.99): Emma Reaney

200 Free (1:52.03): Suzanne Bessire

100 Breast (1:02.63): Danielle Margheret

100 Back (54.48): Catherine Mulquin

1-Meter Dive (298.70): Lindsey Streepey

200 Back (2:01.48): Catherine Galletti

100 Free (51.55): Hannah Bowen

200 Breast (2:15.48): Sherri McIntee

200 Fly (1:58.81): Bridget Casey

400 Free Relay (3:27.44): Suzanne Bessire / Hannah Bowen / Courtney Whyte / Elizabeth House

–Russell Dorn, Assistant Media Relations Director

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