March 16, 2016
By Lizzie Mikes
NOTRE DAME, Ind. ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢’Â¬” The University of Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team is headed to Atlanta, Ga. this week, for the 2016 NCAA Championship meet. The meet will be held March 16-19 at the McAuley Aquatic Center, on the campus of Georgia Tech.
The Irish qualified one swimmer in freshman Ella Moynihan (Dnever, Colo. / Arapahoe), who will be racing in the 200 free on Friday, March 18. She earned a B-cut time of 1:45.46 in her leadoff split of the 800 free relay at the Atlantic Coast Conference Meet in February which earned her the invitation.
“Qualifying for the NCAA Championship in our sport is a very difficult task; it is a result of consistency throughout the season, competing at a high level, and putting all that experience on the line (in our case) at the ACC Championship,” head swimming coach Mike Litzinger said. “Ella has prepared well, and now needs to execute. She will have some great momentum coming into the meet, and hopefully will take advantage of it.
“I am also thrilled for our divers, and really excited for our coach Caiming Xie. He has done a fantastic job, making Notre Dame history with three divers qualifying this year.”
In her first season with the Irish, Moynihan broke two records (one pool, one school) and was a strong competitor in all freestyle events throughout the year. She and her 400 free relay teammates (Catherine Galletti, Catherine Mulquin and Sofia Revilak) broke the pool record on January 30 at the Rolfs Aquatic Center (3:20.29). At the ACC meet, she also set the school record in the 500 free, touching the wall in 4:44.29.
Also joining Moynihan in Atlanta are three Fighting Irish divers. Sophomore Annie Crea and senior Emma Gaboury will compete in the 3-meter competition, while Gaboury and fellow senior Lindsey Streepey are entered in the 1-meter event. It is the first time in program history that more than one diver has qualified for the same NCAA meet, let alone three together. Streepey and Gaboury dive in on Thursday, March 17 for the 1-meter, while Gaboury and Crea compete Friday starting in the 3-meter.
“Our girls did an awesome job at Zones, and stayed focused to fight at each dive and had an excellent meet. I am really very proud of them, and look forward to this week,” head coach Caiming Xie said. “They are confident, and have a strong mental outlook to fight for each dive. Their technical consistency and dive consistency should help them stay competitive in the field. Remaining calm is important too, because sometimes bad things could happen such as hitting the board. Those three things ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢’Â¬” confidence, staying consistent, and remaining calm ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢’Â¬” will help them to have a good meet.”
Swimming prelims start at 10 a.m. ET throughout the day, with diving trials starting at 12:30 p.m. ET on Thursday and 12:15 p.m. Friday. Wednesday’s final session, Thursday’s swimming (prelims and finals), and Friday and Saturday morning swim sessions will be live-streamed on NCAA.com, while the finals sessions will be streamed through ESPN3.com on Friday and Saturday. All finals sessions start at 6 p.m. ET. Full recaps from Thursday and Friday will be posted on und.com.
Moynihan’s Top Times 2015-16
50 Free: 23.15 (Purdue Invitational)
100 Free: 50.32 (ACC Championship)
200 Free: 1:45.46 (Lead leg 800 free relay, ACC Championship)
500 Free: 4:44.29 (ACC Championship)
1,000 Free: 10:25.01 (vs. Virginia)
Crea’s Top Scores 2015-16
1-meter (6 dives): 275.30 (Shamrock Invitational)
3-meter (6 dives): 287.25 (v. Purdue, Ohio State 2015)
Platform (6 dives): 186.45 (NCAA Zone Meet)
Gaboury’s Top Scores 2015-16
1-meter (6 dives): 305.60 (ACC Championship)
3-meter (6 dives): 356.05 (ACC Championship)
Platform (6 dives): 222.85 (ACC Championship)
Streepey’s Top Scores 2015-16
1-meter (6 dives): 302.40 (Purdue Invitational 2015)
3-meter (6 dives): 332.95 (ACC Championship)
Platform (6 dives): 242.40 (ACC Championship)
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Lizzie Mikes serves as Media Services Coordinator at the University of Notre Dame. A 2013 graduate of Johnson & Wales University, she oversees credential management and is the athletic communications director for Fighting Irish men’s and women’s swimming and diving and track and field. She has assisted with numerous NCAA postseason events hosted by Notre Dame, and is heavily involved in the day-to-day tasks of the athletic communications office.