Mar. 21, 1997

Notre Dame Women’s Swimming Finishes First Day at NCAA Championships

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Notre Dame’s women’s swimming team, represented by three swimmers, the largest ever from Notre Dame, finished its first day of competition at the NCAA swimming championships at the Indiana University Natatorium at IUPUI. Senior All-American Erin Brooks placed 23rd in the preliminaries of the 100 backstroke with a time of 56.08.

A pair of freshmen comprised the rest of Notre Dame’s contingent at the NCAA championships. Shannon Suddarth placed 22nd in the preliminaries of 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.37, her fastest time at Notre Dame which betters the school record of 1:03.70 she set at the BIG EAST championships. Alison Newell swam the 100 butterfly in 55.98 to place 32nd in the preliminaries.

On Saturday, Brooks will swim the 200 backstroke, Suddarth will swim the 200 breaststroke and Newell will swim the 200 butterfly to wrap up the championships.