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Swimmers Set Four Meet Records at Puerto Rico Winter Training Meet

Jan. 11, 2004

Encantada, Puerto Rico – The Notre Dame women’s swimming team set four meet records en route to the team title on January 4 at the Second Annual Puerto Rico Winter Training Meet in Encantada, Puerto Rico. The Irish women dominated the meet against the likes of other schools training in the area including St. John’s, Yale, Montclair, Seton Hall, Brandeis, Syracuse, Georgetown, Skidmore and the Puerto Rican Age Group team. Final team scores were unavailable at press time.

In the first event, Notre Dame set the pace for the rest of the meet as the 200 medley relay team of seniors Danielle Hulick, Laurie Musgrave, Lisa Garcia and freshman Katie Carroll were first in a meet-record time of 2:05.38. The relay team of freshmen Ann Barton, Jessica Stephens, sophomore Christel Bouvron and freshman Rebecca Grove was second in 2:06.39, while the third relay of freshman Kiley Gooch, sophomore Courtney Choura, senior Lisa D’Olier and junior Kristen Peterson finished in 2:22.08.

Junior Kelli Barton earned Notre Dame’s second win of the day with a victory in the 800 freestyle. Barton finished in 9:20.98, well ahead of Syracuse’s Lisa Wittich (9:21.82). Irish freshman Abby Strang was third in a time of 9:25.01.

In the 200 freestyle, freshman Ellen Johnson was second in 2:11.25. Syracuse’s Vanessa Martinez was first in a meet record time of 2:10.57. Former Irish swimmer Heidi Hendrick, who is now competing for Irish Aquatics, was ninth in 2:16.54.

Notre Dame dominated the 100 backstroke as the Irish took second, third, sixth, eighth and 15th behind winner Randi Beaulieu of Syracuse who set a meet record in 1:08.94. Grove was second in 1:09.24, also well ahead of the previous best meet record time. Ann Barton was third in 1:09.60, while Peterson was sixth (1:13.00). Gooch (1:13.90) and sophomore Courtney Campbell (1:16.44) were eighth and 15th, respectively.

Musgrave set the second meet record of the day with a win in the 100 breaststroke. Musgrave finished in 1:17.32 breaking the old meet record of 1:18.32 set by Susan Cooke of Yale. Stephens was second in 1:18.02, followed by Syracuse’s Kalei Mahi and Notre Dame’s Georgia Healey (1:19.73). Choura was fifth in 1:20.08, while sophomore Annie Mantey was 10th in 1:23.37.

In the 200 butterfly, the Irish took four of the top eight positions with Garcia placing second in 2:24.34 and Bouvron third in 2:24.74. Junior Brooke Taylor was sixth in 2:30.50, followed by senior Lisa D’Olier in eighth with a time of 2:33.34. Syracuse’s Elyse McDonough broke her own meet record in placing first in 2:21.79.

The Irish also claimed five of the top eight places, including second through fifth in the 100 freestyle. Hulick was second in 28.06, followed by Hendrick (27.18), junior Katie Eckholt (28.34) and freshman Krissy Archer (29.31). Yale’s Meredith Bryanli was first in 28.12. Irish freshman Grace Galagan tied for eighth in 29.41, while frosh Meghan Linnelli was 15th in 29.92.

Carroll set the third meet record winning the 100 freestyle in 59.89. The freshman shattered the old rewcord of 1:01.06 set by Yale’s Nicoletta Ruhl last season. Grove continued her stellar meet with a third-place finish in 1:01.32. Hulick was fourth in 1:02.34, while Hendrick placed sixth in 1:02.67. Galagan was ninth in 1:04.42, while Eckholt (1:04.85), Linnelli (1:05.12) and Archer (1:05.85) were 12th-14th.

The final meet record set by the Irish was by Ann Barton who dominated the 200 backstroke, winning by almost four seconds. Barton’s time of 2:25.91 shattered the old meet record of 2:30.32 set by Syracuse’s Rachel Wrede in 2003. Johnson was second in 2:29.50, while Gooch placed eighth in 2:43.26.