The Irish set numerous season-bests throughout the three-day U.S. Short Course Nationals.

Notre Dame Closes U.S. Nationals Third Among College Competitors

Dec. 4, 2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio – On the final day of the U.S. Short Course Nationals held at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Samantha Maxwell led the Notre Dame women’s swimming team with a sixth-place in the A-final of the 200 breast in 2:11.06. That performance Saturday evening was the fourth fastest time in program history.

Lauren Stauder complemented Maxwell’s performance with a first-place finish in the C-final of the event, clocking in at 2:14.95.

Kim Holden led the Irish in the 200 back as she froze the clock at 1:58.67 to claim seventh place in the B-final.

Amywren Miller hit the pad seventh in the C-final of the 100 free with a 50.44 performance. Katie Casey recorded a sixth-place finish in C-final of the 200 fly with her time of 2:00.72.

Gracie Fredlake and Lauren Sylvester represented the Irish in the 1,650 free with 15th (17:08.93) and 16th-place (17:11.28) performances, respectively.

Miller teamed up with Amy Prestinario, Kelly Ryan and Lauren Scott to finish 12th in the final event of the meet (400 free relay) in 3:25.42.

Notre Dame (228 pts.) finished third among the 16 women’s collegiate teams at the meet, behind national powers California (556) and USC (495).

Also at the event, Michael Alexandrov set the American record in the men’s 200 breaststroke after turning in a 1:51.73. It bettered the former mark set in 2006 by Olympian Brendan Hansen by one-hundredth of a second.

It was Alexandrov’s second win and second American record in as many days. He also set the American record in the 100 breast Friday night, a performance that earned him the ConocoPhillips Performance of the Meet award.

The Irish were third in the women’s college standings behind California and USC.

Notre Dame will now look forward to a trip to Hawaii in late December for a two-week training trip, during which the Irish will take on Hawaii in a dual meet contest.

Current Notre Dame NCAA B-cut Performances
Amywren Miller: 50 Free (22.65) Samantha Maxwell: 100 Breast (1:00.53), 200 Breast (2:11.06) Lauren Stauder: 100 Breast (1:02.46), 200 Breast (2:14.95) Kim Holden: 100 Back (54.89), 200 Back (1:58.67) Kelly Ryan: 100 Back (54.82) Katie Casey: 200 Fly (2:00.15) 400 Medley Relay: Holden, Maxwell, Scott, Miller (3:40.87) 200 Medley Relay: Holden, Maxwell, Scott, Miller (1:40.55)

200 Back: Holden registered a 1:58.67 and claimed seventh in the B-final … Ryan touched the pad at 2:00.11, her fastest time on the season.

100 Free: Miller sprinted to a seventh-place finish in the C-final with a 50.44 … Prestinario, freshman Mikelle Masciantonio and senior Delia Cronin registered respective swims of 51.45, 53.08 and 53.50 in the preliminary session.

200 Breast: Maxwell stroked her way to a 2:11.06, good for sixth place in the A-final … Stauder took home gold in the C-final with a 2:14.95 … Gwen Blythe froze the clock at 2:19.95 in her morning swim.

200 Fly: Casey paced herself to a 2:00.72 performance, good for a sixth-place finish in the C-final … freshman Sarah Dotzel finished just outside the top-30 with her 2:02.26 … Kellyn Kuhlke clocked in at 2:06.40 while junior Emily Barton finished in 2:08.46.

1,650 Free: Fredlake (15th) and Sylvester (16th) touched the pad at 17:08.93 and 17:11.28, respectively.

3-meter Diving: Heidi Grossman (294.80) was strong for the Irish with a third-place showing as Jenny Chiang (291.80) placed fourth.

400 Free Relay: The quartet of Prestinario, Ryan, Scott and Miller took 12th with a 3:25.42 … Kuhlke, Holden and Masciantonio teamed up with Lauren Parisi to finish in 20th place, touching the pad in 3:27.57.