March 9, 2007
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Senior Katie Carroll (Toledo, Ohio/Notre Dame Academy) had a memorable day for Notre Dame, as she captured the second All-American honor of her career in the 400-yard IM. The 19th-ranked University of Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team competed in a total of five events on the second day of the NCAA Championships on Friday, March 9, in Minneapolis, Minn.
Carroll, swimming in the second to last individual event of her Notre Dame, made it counted as she finished seventh in the finals of 400-yard IM (4:12.47) to capture the second All-American honor of her career. The senior was also an All-American in 2005, as she finished sixth in the same event. Carroll started her day by finishing seventh in a school-record time of 4:12.02 in the preliminaries of the 400 IM to advance into the finals.
Sophomore Christa Riggins finished 34th (1:48.46) in the 200-yard freestyle. The time by Riggins was the third best time an Irish woman has ever achieved in the event. Her two teammates Ellen Johnson (Toledo, Ohio/Notre Dame Academy) and freshman Megan Farrell (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) placed 59th (1:49.99) and 67th (1:50.77), respectively.
Senior Julia Quinn (Evanston, Ill./Evanston) was 22nd (1:03.16) in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Junior Caroline Johnson (Springfield, Mo./Glendale) took home 44th (56.52) place in the 100-yard backstroke.
The 800-yard freestyle relay team (Riggins, Farrell, Ellen Johnson and Carroll), who came into the meet ranking 14th nationally, moved up one spot to finish 13th (7:14.91) in the same event at the championships.
The NCAA Championships will have its final day, March 10 at the Minnesota Aquatic Center. Preliminaries are at 11 a.m. (CT), followed by diving 1 p.m. (CT) and the finals are at 7 p.m. (CT). Live results for the meet can be found at gophersports.com. A full recap of the day’s events can be found at und.com following the action in the pool each day.
The Irish will continue competing with an athlete in two of the seven remaining swimming events on the third day. Sophomore Claire Hutchinson (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) swims the 1,650-yard freestyle and Riggins competes in the 100-yard freestyle. Carroll swims in the last race of her career in the 200-yard butterfly.