Jan. 17, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Following another stellar performance this past weekend, Notre Dame women’s swimmer Emma Reaney has been named BIG EAST Women’s Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week for a conference record third time this season.
The freshman’s third award, which began during the 2008-09 season, moves her past former Notre Dame great Samantha Maxwell (2008-09) and Louisville standout Therese Bergstrom (2009-10 and 2010-11), who each tallied two conference weekly scrolls during a single season.
The selection comes on the heals of a four-victory meet for Reaney in Saturday’s double-dual with Big Ten foes Michigan and Northwestern. The Lawrence, Kan., native won the 100 (1.01.10) and 200 (2:14.77) breaststroke events and the 400 IM (4:19.13) and also swam the anchor leg of the victorious 400 free relay team (3:24.45) to close out the meet. All four times were provisional times for the NCAA Championships.
Reaney is now 9-0 in IM events (prelims and finals) with the Irish and has won five breaststroke events on the year. She currently ranks 28th nationally in the 100 breast, 24th in the 200 breast, ninth in the 200 IM and 20th in the 400 IM. She is also the top ranked freshman in the country in the 200 breast and 200 IM, and the fourth ranked freshman in the 100 breast and 400 IM.
The Irish (3-5) host Michigan State in a 2 p.m. dual meet on Saturday at Rolfs Aquatic Center. Fans can follow the meet by going to the live results link on UND.com.