AS A SENIOR: Senior standout for the Irish who came back from double shoulder surgery after sophomore campaign to win three BIG EAST events and place second in four others, to earn seven all-BIG EAST scrolls in final campaign … competed in six events at the NCAAs (100 back, 200 back, 100 fly, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay and 400 free relay), placing 13th in the 200 back (1:54.29) and 400 medley relay (3:34.66) to earn honorable mention All-America accolades in both events … 200 back performance at the NCAA prelims was season-best time (1:54.21) in the event … finished career with 11 BIG EAST titles (T-4 in school history) and 22 all-BIG EAST awards (4th in school history) … was part of the 400 medley relay team that broke the BIG EAST meet record with a time of 3:34.86 … also set the school record in the 100 fly (52.57) at the BIG EAST meet … took first in 200 back at several meets throughout the season, including against Purdue, Louisville, Michigan, Northwestern and at the Shamrock Invitational and the Kansas Classic, where she also set the meet record for the event … named BIG EAST Women[apos]s Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week Nov. 6 after claiming three individual victories in a dual meet against No. 19 Purdue … closed career with school records in the 100 back (52.99), 100 fly (52.57), 200 medley relay (1:38.74) and 400 medley relay (3:34.66) … was a tri-captain with fellow senior Lauren Scott and junior Kelly Ryan … awarded prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship worth $7,500 … Notre Dame[apos]s female winner of the American Eagles Outfitters BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete Scholarship worth $2,000 … one of six recipients of Byron V. Kanaley Award from Notre Dame … named for the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph County Knute Rockne Student-Athlete award winner for the third time … a member of the BIG EAST All-Academic team … a member of the Rosenthal Leadership Academy … earned a monogram.
AS A JUNIOR:Backstroke and butterfly specialist for the Irish … spent the first half of the season recovering from shoulder surgery, returned in time for the Shamrock Invitational and BIG EAST Championships … grabbed NCAA B-cuts in all of her swims at the BIG EAST Championships … took third in the 100 back (54.41) and the 100 fly in 54.41, the fastest Irish time of the season … posted a season-best time in the 200 back in prelims (1:58.92) … swam butterfly on the 400 medley relay that not only took the gold in an NCAA B-cut time at the BIG EAST Championships but also set the new pool record for the Trees Pool … helped the 200 medley relay take third at the same meet … placed second in the 100 back (56.36) at the Shamrock Invitational … was honored with the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student Athlete Award for her accomplishments in the classroom … was a 2011-12 Rosenthal Leadership Academy participant … swam at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100 fly and the 100 and 200 back … finished 45th in the 200 back, 47th in the 100 back and T-76th in the 200 fly at the long course meet … also swam at the U.S. Open in August 2012, finishing 19th in the 200 back finals, 11th in the 100 fly finals and 17th in the 10 back finals at the long course meet … earned a monogram.
AS A SOPHOMORE:Specialized in the 50, 100 and 200 backstrokes and the 100 butterfly … participated at the NCAA Championships … saved best performances for BIG EAST Championships, swimming season bests in all four events and winning BIG EAST titles in the 400 medley relay and the 100 and 200 back … won the 100 and 200 back for the second year in a row … also earned All-BIG EAST honors in the 200 medley relay and the 100 butterfly … winning times were 52.99 in the 100 back, 1:55.18 in the 200 back and a season-best 3:35.89 in the 400 medley relay … swam lead leg in the 400 medley relay in helping the Irish set a new BIG EAST meet record (3:35.89) … time in the 100 back marked the first time in the league[apos]s history a swimmer had cracked the 53 second mark in the event … broke own school record in the 200 back to secure fourth individual BIG EAST crown in two years … swam 53.83 in the 100 butterfly to place second … swam opening leg of 200 medley relay as team finished second in a season best and NCAA B-cut time of 1:38.97 … competed at the NCAA National Championships in the 100 fly, 100 back and 200 back … placed 25th in the 100 back (53.54) and 46th in the 100 fly (54.13) … swam 1:55.76 in the prelims of the 200 back … finished seventh in the 200 back B-final (1:58.67) at the U.S. Short Course Nationals … also placed fifth in the C-final of the 100 fly (54.86), seventh in the 200 back (1:58.67) B-final and ninth in the 100 back B-final (54.89) … swam the lead leg to help the 200 medley relay team to fifth place (1:40.85) … won the 100 (55.93) and 200 (2:00.20) backs in a meet versus Michigan and Northwestern … also finished third in the 100 fly (56.28) at the same meet … tied for third in the 100 backstroke (57.42) in a meet against LSU and Auburn … also placed third in the 200 backstroke (2:01.21) in the same meet … won the 100 backstroke (57.68) in a dual meet versus Michigan State … won the 200 back (1:59.89) in a dual meet versus Purdue … also took second in the 100 back (56.69) and 100 fly (56.16) in same meet … won the 100 (56.53) and 200 (2:03.05) backstroke events in a dual meet versus Utah … won the 100 (55.82) and 200 (1:59.82) back events and took second in the 100 fly (56.35) at the Shamrock Invitational … only swimmer to break one minute in the 100 back (56.16) in a dual meet versus Ball State … earned a monogram and named the Monogram Club[apos]s MVP … also received the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete award.
AS A FRESHMAN:Broke out onto the BIG EAST scene with four BIG EAST titles and six all-BIG EAST honors in her freshman campaign … set school records in both the 100 back and 200 back at the league meet with times of 53.88 and 1:55.79, respectively … both performances were NCAA B-cuts as well as first-place finishes … finished in second in the 100 fly with an NCAA B-cut time of 54.12 … the time was the fastest of any Irish swimmer on the season … was a member of the victorious 200 and 400 medley relay at the league meet as well as the third-place 400 free relay … member of the 200 medley relay that broke the Rolf[apos]s Aquatic pool record against Louisville with a time of 1:42.61 … sprinted to a time of 24.30 at the Hoosierland Invitational for her top time on the season … lead off a 400 free Irish relay at the invitational for a personal-best time of 52.62 … claimed the top six 100 back, five 200 back, and two 100 fly times on the season … swam both the 100 and 200 back in every meet she swam in for a total of 14 backstroke swims on the season … earned a monogram.
THE HOLDEN FILE:Letter winner for Fox Lane (N.Y.) under head coach Carolyn Johnson … set New York Section 1 record in the 100 back … high school state champion in 100 back (state record) and 100 fly … Metro Region record holder in the 100 back and 100 fly … three-time All-American in the 100 back and 100 fly … Fox Lane High School Female Athlete of the Year (2008) … New York State Swimmer of the Year … New York State Scholar Athlete … captain of high school and club teams as a senior … qualified for World Championship Trials in the 100 and 200 back … setter for volleyball team as a freshman … involved in National Honor Society, Bridges to Community and Habitat for Humanity … born in Bethpage, N.Y. … daughter of Cathleen and Michael Holden … has one older sister, Anne … graduated from the College of Arts and Letters with a degree in psychology and a supplementary degree in Spanish … named to the Dean[apos]s List six times during college career.
Holden[apos]s Career Bests
|100 Back||52.99||(BIG EAST, 2011 – BIG EAST meet record, ND record)|
|200 Back||1:54.21||(NCAAs, 2013)|
|100 Fly||52.57||(BIG EAST, 2013 – ND record)|