March 22, 2002
The University of Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team wrapped up competition during the second day of the NCAA Championship meet in Austin, Texas, on Thursday afternoon. The Irish were not able to advance any swimmers into Friday night’s championship races, but will return on Saturday for more preliminary competitions.
In the 100 butterfly the Irish had three competitors in the field. Sophomore Lisa Garcia swam in her first NCAA individual competition, finishing in 22nd place (54.53). Senior Carrie Nixon, who earned All-America honors in the 50 freestyle on Thursday, took 44th place (55.95) and sophomore Lisa D’Olier ended up 51st in the field (57.14).
Notre Dame’s other top finish on the day was sophomore Marie Labosky’s 25th place effort (4:19.37) in the 400 individual medley. Labosky had placed 11th at the 2001 NCAA meet.
The Irish were represented by multiple swimmers in the 100 backstroke, led by Kelly Hecking’s 28th place effort (55.93). Freshman Kristen Peterson finished the race in 57.19 (41st).
Other competitor for the Irish on Friday included senior Allison Lloyd, who finished 41st (1:05.05) in the 100 breaststroke and diver Heather Mattingly in the three-meter event. Mattingly’s final results will be available in Saturday’s recap.