AS A SENIOR: Senior captain who helped lead the team in freestyle … swam the 50 and 100 freestyle individually at the BIG EAST Championships, highlighted by a second place finish and All-BIG EAST honors in the 100 free (50.12) … vital relay member who swam on all three distances of the freestyle relay as well as both medley versions, highlighted by first place finishes in the 400 free relay in school record time (3:18.93) and the 400 medley relay in a Trees Pool (Pittsburgh) record of 3:36.28, earning NCAA B-cuts and All-BIG EAST honors in both … helped the 200 and 800 free relays to earn NCAA B-cuts in those events and also added All-BIG EAST accolades in both as well as the 200 medley relay … clocked her season-best time in the 100 free at the Ohio State Invitational, earning fifth place and recording an NCAA B-cut time of 50.03 … won the 100 free (50.80) in an important match against league rival Louisville … led the field in the 200 free (1:53.17) to grab gold against TCU and Oakland … showed versatility by winning the 200 IM (2:08.15) against Michigan State … was a 2011-12 Rosenthal Leadership Academy participant … named a co-captain with Lauren Scott prior to the beginning of the season … competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100 fly and 100 free following graduation … finished T-76th in the 100 fly and 93rd in the 100 free at the long course meet … earned a Monogram.
AS A JUNIOR: Specialized in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle … competed in all three at the BIG EAST Championships, setting season bests in all three with times of 23.03 in the 50, 50.01 in the 100 and 1:49.33 in the 200 … swam the lead leg in the 400 freestyle relay as the Irish won the BIG EAST title in a season-best 3:19.68 … also earned All-BIG EAST accolades in the 200 medley and freestyle relays and the 50 and 100 freestyle … swam final leg of 200 medley relay as team finished second in a season-best and NCAA B-cut time of 1:38.97 … lead leg in 200 free relay as team swam a season-best 1:31.98 to place second … also claimed second in the 50 free (23.03) … finished third in the 100 free (50.01) … won the 200 free (1:54.54) in a dual meet versus Michigan State … claimed the 50 free (23.75) title in a dual meet versus Ball State … finished second in the 100 free (50.32) at the Shamrock Invitational … claimed third in the 100 free (51.80) in a dual meet versus Purdue … took home third in the 50 (23.82) and 100 (51.49) freestyle events in a dual meet versus Utah … touched the pad third in the 100 free (51.67) in a meet versus Michigan and Northwestern … earned a Monogram.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Amassed two All-BIG EAST honors as a member of the 200 and 400 free relays, which placed second and third, respectively … set two personal bests at the league meet, stopping the clock at 50.63 in the 100 free for a sixth-place finish and 23.50 in the preliminary swim of the 50 free … touched the pad in a time of 1:51.92 in the 200 free and also teamed to finish in fifth place in the 800 free relay at the league meet … raced to a time of 1:51.87 in the 200 free against league foe Louisville … the performance was a season-best time … best dual meet performance of the season came against Michigan, taking third place in both the 200 free and 100 free against the Wolverines … claimed three of the top 10 100 free times on the season … swam in 12 individual events, all of which were freestyle events, and was also a key member of the Irish relays throughout the season … earned a Monogram.
AS A FRESHMAN: Swam in eight different events throughout the season … picked up two all-BIG EAST nods after teaming with the 400 free relay and 800 free relay squads for top-three finishes … the BIG EAST[apos]s first- place finishing 800 free relay (7:13.51) tandem also set a school record … her 400 free relay (3:19.38) quartet placed third while setting a program best … also swam the 200 IM (2:05.41) and competed in the finals of the 100 free (50.77) and 200 free (1:49.97) at the league meet … fastest 200 IM (2:04.69) came at the Ohio State Invitational … competed at World Championship Trials in the 200 IM (long course meter) after going 2:19.27 at the Volunteer Senior Invitational in Knoxville, Tenn. … shaved nearly three seconds off of her preliminary time (2:22.36) to earn the invitation. Made her 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials cut time shortly after the meet concluded in July, swimming the 200 IM in a time of 2:19.80 … earned a Monogram.
THE PRESTINARIO FILE: Excelled in the middle- distance freestyle and individual medley events as a prep at Naperville Central (Ill.) … claimed a pair of Illinois high school state titles in the 200 IM (2005, 2006) and 200 medley relay (2005, 2006) while racking a championship finish in the 500 free (2006) and the 400 free relay (2004) … three-time All- American in both the 200 IM and 500 free … four-time all- conference, all-city and all-state honoree … three-time conference champion … four-time team MVP … four-time Senior National Qualifier (2005-08) and five-time Junior National Qualifier (2004-08) … born in Elk Grove Village, Ill. … daughter of Lisa and Joe Prestinario … has one younger brother, Matt … graduated from the College of Arts and Letters in the spring of 2012 as a psychology and sociology double major.
Prestinario[apos]s Career Bests
|50 Free||23.03||BIG EAST (2011)|
|100 Free||50.01||BIG EAST (2011)|
|200 Free||1:49.33||BIG EAST (2011)|
|500 Free||4:58.22||Northwestern/Toledo (2009)|
|200 Back||2:08.14||Debbie Pipher Invite (2008)|
|200 IM||2:04.69||Ohio State Invite (2008)|
|400 IM||4:30.37||Debbie Pipher Invite (2008)|