GREENSBORO, N.C. — The University of Notre Dame swimming and diving team completed the final day of competition at the Atlantic Coast Conference Diving and Women’s Swimming Championships Saturday evening with a fourth place finish, totaling 909.50 points over the four day meet.
“What a great championship finish for our women,” Head Coach Mike Litzinger said. “Our first season the team finished in seventh place with 537.5 points. Tonight we broke into the top-four with 909.50 points, several medalists, 10 most likely NCAA invites, five Notre Dame records, and a very happy team. I am proud of our staff for preparing these ladies, proud of our seniors for seeing the vision, and very proud of this team.”
The fourth and final day was highlighted by a Notre Dame school record in the 200 fly when Nikki Smith touched the wall in 1:54.66. Her time earned her the ACC Runner-Up finish in the last individual event of the meet while Luciana Thomas finished sixth in the event with her finals time of 1:56.20.
“Nikki Smith definitely stole the show tonight with her second place finish in the 200 fly,” he added. “Her time of 1:54.66 is a new Notre Dame record by almost a second, and truly an elite swim on the national level.”
The Irish women ended the day with seven top-10 finishes, including six in individual events.
Sinead Eksteen kicked off the evening with a seventh place finish in the mile with a time of 16:18.80. Lindsay Stone (11th, 16:30.38), Maddie Laporte (16th, 16:41.18) and Ellie Berdusco (17th, 16:41.46) also competed for the Irish in the 1,650 race.
At the diving end of the pool, Erin Isola posted a seventh place finish in the women’s 1-meter competition, tallying 273.20 points.
Back between the lane lines, Alice Treuth, Kyra Sarazen and Bayley Stewart all qualified for the evening finals following their morning prelim races in the 200 back. Treuth finished 10th overall with a time of 1:54.36. Touching just after her, Sarazen placed 11th in 1:54.55. Stewart rounded out the Irish finalists with her finishing time of 1:55.60 and 16th overall.
Abbie Dolan finished seventh in her final individual race of the evening, posting a time of 48.75 seconds in the 100 free, just shy of her personal best. Carly Quast also dove in for the finals, finishing 13th with a time of 49.14 seconds.
The final race of the evening featured the Irish women swim to a sixth place finish in the 400 free really, finishing with a time of 3:15.18.
The Irish men will be in the pool next week as they travel to Greensboro, North Carolina for their ACC Swimming Championships. That meet will begin Wednesday, February 27 at 4 p.m. and will run through Saturday, March 2.
Prelims will start at 10 a.m. Thursday-Saturday with finals beginning at 6 p.m. each night.