AUSTIN, Texas — The Irish women concluded the third day of the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships adding two points to their week total. Abbie Dolan, who qualified for the evening session with her 13th place finish in the prelims, swam a 1:44.38 finish in the 200 free.
Dolan, having qualified for the 200 free B finals, earned All-American Honorable Mention.
“I am incredibly proud of Abbie tonight,” head coach Mike Litzinger said. “Swimming at this meet and attaining NCAA Honorable Mention All American status is a big step for her.”
Nikki Smith was the first to compete for the Irish during the morning prelims, taking seventh in the third heat of the 100 fly, she finished 45th overall with a time of 53.14 seconds. Following up in the same event, Cailey Grunhard recorded a time of 53.70 to take 56th overall.
Seeded 13th going into today, Abbie Dolan held firm in her placing, taking 13th in the 200 free prelims, clocking in at 1:44.28 to secure her spot in the evening B final.
Three women competed in the 100 back Friday morning, with Carly Quast leading the Irish with a 22nd place finish in 52.29 seconds. Alice Treuth and Bayley Stewart also swam in the race, as Treuth won her heat to take 42nd overall with a time of 53.17. Stewart claimed bronze in the same heat, clocking in at 53.32 seconds and 49th overall.
Concluding the morning slate of swims, the Irish women took 20th in the 200 medley relay when Carly Quast, Meaghan O’Donnell, Nikki Smith and Abbie Dolan combined for a time of 1:37.39.
In the diving well, the Irish continued their success as Annie Wiese totalled 295.40 points through six dives, good for 27th overall in the 3-meter competition.
“The rest of the team is gearing up for tomorrow and is poised for a good day,” Litzinger concluded.
The Irish women wrap their run at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, Saturday, with prelims slated to begin at 9 a.m. CT. A live broadcast of the finals will be aired on ESPNU starting at 5 p.m. CT.