Senior Samantha Maxwell

Maxwell Shelves Top-10 Finish In 100 Breast

Dec. 3, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio – One night after senior All-American Amywren Miller led the Notre Dame women’s swimming team at the U.S. Short Course Nationals, fellow senior All-American Samantha Maxwell took the spotlight with a ninth-place finish in the A-final of the 100 breast at McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Maxwell registered her fastest time of the season with a 1:00.53 in the preliminary session and then posted a 1:00.75 in the evening session. Freshman Lauren Stauder recorded a 1:02.54 to collect a seventh-place finish in the C-final of the event.

The Irish also had two swimmers in the final session of two more events on the evening. Senior Katie Casey froze the clock at 55.22 in the 100 fly to finish ninth in the B-final while sophomore sensation Kim Holden swam a 54.86 to finish with a fifth-place showing in the C-final.

Holden jumped back into the pool and touched the pad ninth in the B-final of the 100 back with a 54.89. Freshman Kelly Ryan took home silver in the C-final when she stopped the clock at 55.10.

The quartet of Holden, Maxwell, Lauren Scott and Miller started off the evening session with a fifth-place performance in the 200 medley relay (1:40.85).

Meanwhile at the Hawkeye Invitational in Iowa City, Iowa, the Irish divers represented the program well with a pair of top-10 finishes. Heidi Grossman (271.95) was fifth in the 1-meter as Jenny Chiang (266.10) placed sixth among the nine-team, 28-diver field.

The Irish will be back in action Saturday (Dec. 3) for the final day of the U.S. Short Course Nationals. The morning session commences at 9:00 a.m. (ET) and the final session will begin at 5:00 p.m. Live results will be available at

200 Medley Relay: Holden, Maxwell, Scott and Miller teamed up to post a fifth-place finish with a 1:40.85 …the foursome of Ryan, Stauder, Kellyn Kuhlke and Amy Prestinario finished fourth in the B-final, clocking in at 1:43.37.

100 Fly: Casey registered a ninth-place showing in the B-final with a 55.22 … Holden posted Notre Dame’s fastest time when she stopped the clock at 54.86 to record a fifth-place finish in the C-final … Scott (55.92), Kuhlke (55.93), Sarah Dotzel (56.78) and Miller (57.00) all swam in the preliminary session.

200 Free: Sophomore Gracie Fredlake, the lone representative for the Irish in the event, stroked her way to a 1:53.11 in the morning session.

100 Breast: Maxwell led the Irish in her signature event with a ninth-place finish in the A-final in a 1:00.75 … Stauder swam to a seventh-place showing in the C-final, touching the pad at 1:02.54 … junior Gwen Blythe and freshman Christen McDonough rounded out the event for the Irish with times of 1:04.67 and 1:05.83, respectively.

100 Back: Holden took home ninth-place in the B-final to lead the Irish in the event with a 54.89 … Ryan collected the silver in the C-final with her 55.10 … senior Lauren Parisi swam to a 56.50 while Casey stopped the clock at 57.88 in their preliminary swims.

800 Free Relay: Ryan and Fredlake teamed up with senior Lauren Sylvester and sophomore Jaime Malandra to finish 14th with a 7:27.40.