Nicole Smith

Irish Women End Run At NCAAs With Multiple Records

AUSTIN, Texas — The final day of the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships was highlighted by two school records and an individual qualifier in the evening finals. Two women earned All-American Honorable Mention status while Alice Treuth and Abbie Dolan posted Notre Dame program-best swims during the morning prelim session.

“It was a great day for our team,” head coach Mike Litzinger said. “Abbie Dolan set the Notre Dame record in the 100 Free, Alice Treuth set the school record in the 200 Back and earned Honorable Mention All-America honors, and Nikki Smith capped off her career with Honorable Mention All-America honors in the 200 Fly.”

Alice Treuth, on the final day of her collegiate career, recorded the Notre Dame program record in the 200 back, touching the wall with a prelims time of 1:52.80. She finished first in her heat and 13th overall to qualify for the finals that evening. Bayley Stewart also competed in the 200 back during the morning prelims, finishing in 1:54.51 and 31st overall.

In the next event, Abbie Dolan dove off the block strong, kicking to the wall with a program-best 100 free time of 48.27 seconds.

The Irish qualified another individual for the evening finals as she clinched the final spot in the 200 fly B final with her 1:55.41 swim during the prelims. Luciana Thomas touched the wall shortly after, finishing in 1:56.29 and 26th overall.

Treuth, who earned a spot in the B final on Saturday evening, took 16th overall with a 200 back time of 1:53.09.

In the final race of the championship meet for the Irish women, Nikki Smith took eighth in the B final and 16th overall, touching the wall of the 200 fly in 1:56.48.

“We always want more, but this group put forth a fantastic effort,” Litzinger added.

Over four days, the Irish women tallied four points behind Dolan, Treuth and Smith.

Up Next
Four Irish men will compete at next week’s NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The first individual event to feature the Irish will begin Thursday morning.

All finals will be broadcast live on ESPN3 or ESPNU.