Jan. 12, 2013
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team had a banner day in the pool on Saturday at Rolfs Aquatic Center as the Irish swept a pair of Big Ten foes in No. 24 Michigan and Northwestern. Notre Dame topped the Wolverines, 185.00-115.00, and the Wildcats, 205.00-95.00. Michigan topped Northwestern, 192.00-108.00.
The win over the Wolverines was Notre Dame’s first since the 2005-06 season, while the win over the Wildcats was the first since 2001-02.
“It’s a good step for our team,” said head coach Brian Barnes. “They are gaining confidence and it’s fun to watch. We stuck to our plan and we didn’t have to adjust things because we put ourselves in a great situation to be successful. After a tough three weeks of training, it is a good sign for our program that the team showed up ready to win a couple of dual meets.”
Notre Dame won 11 events, set five NCAA B standards and broke two pool records on the day.
Leading the way for the Irish were sophomore Emma Reaney and senior Kim Holden, who each won three individual events and a relay. Reaney had three NCAA B cuts while Holden had two. Reaney won the 100 and 200 breast and the 200 IM. Holden won the 100 and 200 back and the 100 fly.
Reaney smashed two Rolfs Aquatic Center marks, breaking the 100 and 200 breast records that were set by former USC Trojan and current Olympian Rebecca Soni on Oct. 19, 2007.
“Emma is willing to take a risk and make changes to become better,” said Barnes. “She showed up today and applied those changes and it was fun to watch.”
The 200 medley and 400 free relay teams bookended the meet with wins.
No. 21 Notre Dame (3-3) hits the road next weekend for a dual meet with No. 22 Indiana in Bloomington. The meet is set to get underway at 11 a.m. at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatic Center.
200 Medley Relay: The Irish started off the meet on the right foot as they just edged out the Wolverines in the 200 medley relay … The Notre Dame team of Sarah Dotzel, Christen McDonough, Kim Holden and Catherine Galletti touched the pad first in 1:42.49, just beating out Michigan’s foursome, who finished in 1:42.53 … Northwestern took third in 1:44.08.
1,000 Free: Northwestern’s Ellen Anderson (10:02.84) won the 1,000 free, finishing almost 10 seconds ahead of the field … she was followed by Michigan’s Michelle Stefandl (10:12.61) and Jessica Wolf (10:13.24) … Notre Dame’s Jaime Malandra claimed fourth (10:17.86) to lead the charge for the Irish.
100 Back: Kim Holden won the 100 back in an NCAA B cut time of 54.93 as she out-distanced the second place finisher from Michigan (Ali DeLoof) by almost one second … DeLoof took second in 54.93 … Junior Sarah Dotzel took fourth in 56.86 to give the Irish a pair of top four finishers.
100 Breast: Emma Reaney smashed the Rolfs Aquatic Center record in the 100 breast with a swim of 59.79 … the time was an NCAA B cut and broke Olympic swimmer Rebecca Soni’s time of 1:00.81 that she set with USC on Oct. 19, 2007 … Reaney topped Angie Chokran of Michigan by almost three seconds (1:02.53) … teammate Christen McDonough took third in 1:03.76.
200 Fly: Bridget Casey won the 200 fly in 2:01.89, topping runner up Marni Oldershaw of Michigan (2:02.19) by .30 seconds … The Wolverines took spots two through four before Courtney Whyte touched the wall in fifth (2:04.48).
50 Free: Northwestern’s Taylor Reynolds won the 50 free in 23.39 … following closely behind was freshman standout Catherine Galletti, who finished in 23.49 … Ryan took third in 23.80.
1-Meter Dive: Allison Casareto won the 1-meter dive with 326.80 points … she scored 24.70 more points than second place Felicitas Lenz of Northwestern (302.10) … Chiang took third with 292.75 points, while freshman Emma Gaboury took fourth with 268.65 points.
100 Free: Michigan’s Deirdre Jones claimed first in the 100 free in a time of 51.18 … she just beat out Notre Dame’s Catherine Galletti by .07 seconds … Galletti touched the wall in 51.25 … Three Northwestern swimmers took third through fifth.
200 Back: The Irish turned in a one-two sweep in the 200 back as Kim Holden (1:59.14) and Kelly Ryan (2:00.49) claimed the top two spots … Holden’s time was an NCAA B cut and was her second individual victory of the day … Michigan took spots three through five.
200 Breast: Reaney continued her impressive day as she lowered another one of Soni’s records by swimming the 200 breast in a new Rolfs Aquatic Center time of 2:10.75 … the time beat Soni’s time of 2:11.47 set on Oct. 19, 2007 by .72 seconds … Michigan’s Angie Chokran placed second in 2:16.95, over six seconds behind Reaney … Lauren Stauder took third in 2:17.06, while Christen McDonough claimed fourth in 2:18.91.
500 Free: Michigan’s Adrienne Bicek won the 500 free with a time of 4:54.04 … she topped Northwestern’s Ellen Anderson (4:56.55) by 2.51 seconds … the top Irish finisher (Jaime Malandra) claimed fifth place in (5:00.19) … Gracie Fredlake took sixth in 5:01.41.
100 Fly: Holden won her third individual event of the day as she claimed the 100 fly in 54.86 … Dotzel finished in the runner-up slot with a time of 56.13 … after Kally Fayhee of Michigan took third in 56.69, Whyte touched the pad in fourth with a time of 56.72.
3-Meter Dive: Northwestern’s Felicitas Lenz (314.90) and Cosima Lenz (297.30) took first and second in the 3-meter dive … Felicitas scored 27.60 points than her sister Cosima … Jenny Chiang claimed third with a mark of 294.75, while teammate Allison Casareto placed fourth with a point total of 286.10.
200 IM: Reaney won her third individual event of the day by taking the 200 IM in an NCAA B cut time of 2:00.83 … bettered the second place finisher by just under two seconds … Michigan’s Marni Oldershaw finished second in 2:02.58.
400 Free Relay: The Irish closed out the meet in style with a victory in the 400 free relay … the team of Ryan, Galletti, Bessire and Reaney touched the pad in 3:24.73, less than a second before the Northwestern A team.
Emma Reaney – 100 Breast/200 Breast
Kim Holden – 100 Back/200 Back/100 Fly/200 Medley Relay
Emma Reaney – 100 Breast/200 Breast/200 IM/400 Free Relay
Kelly Ryan – 200 Free/400 Free Relay
Bridget Casey – 200 Fly
Sarah Dotzel – 200 Medley Relay
Christen McDonough – 200 Medley Relay
Catherine Galletti – 200 Medley Relay/400 Free Relay
Suzanne Bessire – 400 Free Relay
Allison Casareto – 1-Meter Dive