Oct. 26, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. – The Auburn women’s swimming and diving team won eight events on its way to a 166-132 victory over the University of Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team Friday night at the James E. Martin Aquatic Center.
The Irish also won eight events, but Auburn used its depth to pick up key points in the two through five slots to pull away for the win.
Earning individual victories for the Irish were Suzanne Bessire (200 free), Kim Holden (100 back, 100 fly), Jenny Chiang (3-meter dive), Emma Reaney (200 IM, 200 breast) and Allison Casareto (1-meter dive).
The Irish return home to Rolfs Aquatic Center next weekend as they welcome in the Purdue Boilermakers for a 5 p.m. dual meet on Friday.
3-Meter Dive: The Irish opened the diving portion of the meet with an impressive showing in the 3-meter dive as Jenny Chiang won the competition with 326.03 points. Allison Casareto, who won the 1-meter dive, finished fourth with 268.28 points.
1-Meter Dive: Casareto took the 1-meter dive competition with 287.78 points. Chiang claimed third with 279.45 points, just under two points from second place.
400 Medley Relay: The Tigers took first and second, picking up 15 towards their total. The Irish team of Kim Holden, Emma Reaney, Catherine Galletti and Kelly Ryan finished third with a time of 3:43.80.
1,000 Free: Auburn’s Katie Gardocki (9:45.42) blew past the field to finish almost 30 seconds ahead of Notre Dame’s Bridget Casey (10:14.03). The sophomore just edged out the Tigers’ Becca Jones (10:14.37) at the wall to score four points. Erin Foley (10:26.27) took fifth to score the final point in the race.
100 Breast: Auburn’s Micah Lawrence (1:00.87) won the 100 breast over Notre Dame’s Reaney (1:01.31) by .44 seconds. Junior Lauren Stauder took fourth in 1:04.79.
200 Fly: The Irish took second, third and fifth in the 200 fly but Auburn’s Sarah Peterson claimed first in 2:00.20. Casey finished second (2:01.86, Melissa Scott claimed third (2:02.31) and Courtney Whyte finished fifth (2:05.65) to score eight points total for Notre Dame.
50 Free: Auburn won the gold and silver in the 50 free as Hannah Riordan (22.98) and Emily Bos (23.46) finished first and second, respectively. Galletti was the first Irish swimmer to touch the pad in third (23.74). Christen McDonough finished fifth in 24.19.
100 Free: Auburn swept the three top spots in the 100 free. Bos took first in the 100 free (50.53), while teammate Haley Krakoski claimed second (50.89). Lindsey Norberg finished third (51.50) before Bessire was the first Irish swimmer to touch the wall in fourth (51.72). Galletti took the final point-scoring spot, finishing fifth in 52.81.
200 Back: Sarah Reynolds won the 200 back in 1:59.99. Holden was hot on her heals finishing second in 2:00.64. Ryan claimed third in 2:00.97 to give the Irish a pair of competitors in the top three.
200 Breast: Reaney won the 200 breast in 2:14.38, knocking off Auburn’s Norberg (2:17.49) by over three seconds. The Tigers picked up third and fourth before Stauder took fifth in 2:21.45.
500 Free: Auburn took the first two spots in the 500 free as Gardocki (4:49.07) and Jilli Vitarius (5:02.54) finished first and second, respectively. Casey touched the pad in third (5:04.90), with Whyte taking fifth (5:07.12).
100 Fly: Holden won her second individual event of the day with a close victory in the 100 fly. Holden finished in 55.49, while Megan Fonteno touched in 55.56. Dotzel (56.54) and M. Scott (57.49) claimed third and fourth, respectively.
200 IM: Reaney (2:01.81) cruised in her specialty event, winning the 200 IM by over two seconds over Auburn’s Sarah Peterson (2:04.35). M. Scott took fifth, and one point, by touching the wall in 2:10.73.
200 Free Relay: Auburn exhibitioned the 200 free relay, allowing the Notre Dame team of Galletti, Ryan, Lauren Scott and McDonough to take first in 1:35.34 to end the meet.