Emma Reaney took home for medals this past week at the U.S. Open.

Reaney Shines On National Stage At U.S. Open

Aug. 5, 2013

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IRVINE, Calif. – University of Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving standout Emma Reaney had a world-class showing at the U.S. Open this past week in Irvine, Calif., as the rising junior earned five top-12 finishes, including three top-four showings, at the national meet.

Reaney finished second in the 200m breaststroke (2:26.65), third in the 100m breast (1:07.56), fourth in the 200m IM (2:14.01), eighth in the 200m butterfly (2:14.15) and 12th in the 100m fly (1:00.35). Competing in one event a day, Reaney swam in the finals of all five events she competed in over the five-day meet. Performances in both breaststroke specialties put her as the top American in each event.

“The week was so much fun,” said Reaney. “Sadly Melissa (Scott) left after the first day and Kelly (Ryan) was with her club team so that left Brian (Barnes) and I to hang out for about four straight days. We got a little loopy, but we definitely loved having time to really get into each one of my races and just be swim nerds for a while. I had been feeling really good in practice before we left for California so I was unbelievably excited for this meet. That excitement and preparedness gave me a sense of confidence that I had never really felt before and I feel like it finally came out in my races.”

“Emma put together some world-class swimming this past week,” said head coach Brian Barnes. “Her times were some of the fastest in America this year. What’s amazing was that she only qualified for the butterfly events about 10 days before the event started.

“Her work ethic and her strides in the weight room make it believable that she can have a week like this. She was just having fun and staying in her element and she was rewarded with a fantastic meet.”

Despite some of the top Americans participating in the FINA World Championships and thus unavailable for the U.S. Open, Reaney still managed to prove she could compete against some of the best in the world as she turned in a pair of world-class swims.

Her performance in the 200m breast ranks her fifth in America and 21st in the world during 2013, while her showing in the 100m breast puts her sixth in America and 26th in the world.

In addition, Reaney would have qualified ninth in the 100m and 10th in the 200m breast events in the opening heats at the FINA World Championships, qualifying for the semifinals. In the semifinals, the time in the 100m would have placed her ninth, while the time in the 200m would have put her 13th.

Elsewhere at the U.S. Open, incoming freshman Catherine Mulquin turned in an impressive performance by taking 13th in the 100m back (1:03.02), including fifth in the “B” finals.

Junior Melissa Scott (200m fly) and senior Kelly Ryan (100m free, 100m back, 200m back) also competed at the national meet, combining for three top-50 showings out of four events.

Complete Results

Emma Reaney

200m Fly (Prelims)

8th – 2:13.18

200m Fly (Finals)

8th – 2:14.15

200m Breast (Prelims)

2nd – 2:25.82

200m Breast (Finals)

2nd – 2:26.65

100m Fly (Prelims)

14th – 1:00.57

100m Fly (Finals)

12th – 1:00.35

100m Breast (Prelims)

2nd – 1:07.97

100m Breast (Finals)

3rd – 1:07.56

200m IM (Prelims)

1st – 2:14.32

200m IM (Finals)

4th – 2:14.01


100m Back (Prelims)

16th – 1:03.02

100m Back (Finals)

13th – 1:03.02

Kelly Ryan

100m Free (Prelims)

58th – 57.80

200m Back (Prelims)

37th – 2:19.35

100m Back (Prelims)

49th – 1:04.58

Melissa Scott

200m Fly (Prelims)

47th – 2:20.71