May 11, 2000
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame women’s swimming coach Bailey Weathers and diving coach Caiming Xie has announced the signings today of two high school seniors to national letters of intent. Swimmer Lisa D’Olier (Houston, Texas) and diver Meghan Perry-Eaton (Brandon, Fla.) will join seven others, who signed with the Irish last fall, to make up Notre Dame’s class of 2004.
“Both Meghan and Lisa will help solidify our spot atop the BIG EAST,” Weathers said. “Meghan has the most credentials of any diver we’ve ever had, while Lisa adds tremendous flexibility to our program. Both also have the potential to make an immediate impact for us at the NCAA championships.”
D’Olier was the Texas state champion in the 100 butterfly this season with a time of 56.43. A member of the Cy-Fair Swim Club, D’Olier has recorded U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying times in both the 400 individual medley and the 100 butterfly. A senior at Cypress-Creek High School, D’Olier should also make an impact in many of Notre Dame’s relays.
“Lisa’s very versatile and can swim any event,” said Clayton Cagle, D’Olier’s club coach. “She will do miraculous things at Notre Dame and her work ethic will make a huge impact on her development.”
Perry-Eaton, a senior at Bloomingdale High School in Valrico, Fla., is a senior-national level diver, having finished 17th in 1999. She also is a two-time All-American and placed in the top 11 three straight seasons at the junior national meet. A member of the National Honor Society, Perry-Eaton placed in the top five at the Florida state high school meet all four years.
“I really liked the coach (Caiming) and the program as a whole,” Perry-Eaton said. “When I visited, I had a good feeling and really felt like it was a family. Everyone was very close and genuinely cared about one another.”
Notre Dame is the four-time defending BIG EAST champions and finished a best-ever 18th at the 2000 NCAA championships with all six participants earning some type of All-America honors.