March 17, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. – Notre Dame freshman Emma Reaney continued to impress at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Auburn, Ala., on Friday, as she picked up her second Honorable Mention All-America citation in two days, finishing 11th in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 59.81.
Reaney becomes the first Irish freshman since 2004 (Katie Carroll) and the first overall since 2009 (Samantha Maxwell) to earn two All-America (Honorable Mention or All-America) scrolls at one NCAA meet.
The Lawrence, Kan., native qualified for the “B” finals and assured herself of her second All-America honor by finishing 10th with a time of 59.88 in the morning session.
She came back in the finals to finish third (11th overall) in a time of 59.81, a new season best. Reaney earned six points for the Irish to up the team’s total to 15 after two days, placing them 26th overall out of 42 teams that have scored. If she had been in the “A” final, Reaney would have placed seventh.
Elsewhere on day two, sophomore Kelly Ryan finished 27th in the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.41 and junior diver Jenny Chiang placed 39th in the 3-meter dive with a score of 225.80. Ryan finished seven spots higher than the 34th place she was entering the meet.
On Sunday Ryan swims in the 200 back and 100 free and Reaney swims in the 200 breast.