Sept. 3, 2014
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – For the second year in a row, University of Notre Dame women’s swimmer Emma Reaney has been named to the U.S. National Team after an outstanding performance at the Phillips 66 National Championships.
To earn her spot on the team, Reaney tallied times of 1:06.74 in the 100-meter breast (lowered from 1:07.97 last year) and 2:27.47 in the 200-meter breast to finish fourth and sixth, respectively, in the finals at the Phillips 66 National Championships.
Swimmers were selected for the USA Swimming National Team based on their times in Olympic events from the combined results of the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships and the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships. The top six athletes in each event made the National Team, however, relay lead-offs and time trials were not included.
Benefits offered to USA Swimming National Team members include reimbursement for travel to USA Swimming Arena Grand Prix Series meets and training camp opportunities. Select athletes are eligible for monthly assistance and elite athlete health insurance. A full list of opportunities available to members of the National Team is available online at usaswimming.org.
Training with SwimMAC Carolina this summer, Reaney worked with fellow U.S. National Teamers Cullen Jones, Mark Weber, Ryan Lochte, Nick Thoman, Tyler Clary, Timothy Phillips, Madison Kennedy, Kathleen Baker, Micah Lawrence, Katie Meili and Cammile Adams on a daily basis and competed against some of the world’s best swimmers at the Mare Nostrum in Spain and France and at the previously mentioned Phillips 66 National Championships.
Heading into her senior season, the Lawrence, Kan., native looks to defend her national championship in the 200-yard breaststroke, in addition to Atlantic Coast Conference titles in the 100-yard breast, 200-yard breast and 200-yard IM. An All-American in three events last season, Reaney cleaned up on postseason awards as she was named ACC Most Valuable Swimmer at the ACC Championships, ACC Women’s Swimmer of the Year, ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year, first team Capital One Academic All-District V At-Large and first team Capital One Academic All-American.
Reaney and her Irish teammates open the 2014-15 season in exactly a month as they welcome in Michigan State for a dual meet at Rolfs Aquatic Center (5 p.m. ET, Friday Oct. 3).
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–Russell Dorn, Assistant Media Relations Director