Oct. 19, 2001
The University of Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team flexed its muscles once again at Rolfs Aquatic Center against Michigan State on Friday evening. The Irish women breezed to a 208-92 victory by capturing 13 of 16 events in the meet and improved their dual-meet record to 2-0.
Notre Dame’s 200 individual medley relay team of Kelly Hecking, Carrie Nixon, Lisa D’Olier and Danielle Hulick kicked off the meet in fine fashion for the Irish, taking first place in 1:46.60. The teammates Kristen Peterson, Laurie Musgrave, Sarah Bowman and Heidi Hendrick placed second in the event (1:48.83).
Marie Labosky kept the early surge alive for the Irish with a victory in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Labosky lapped the field, finishing 16 seconds ahead of her closest competitor.
Notre Dame showed off its speed in the 200 freestyle next, as Katie Eckholt (1:53.82), Sarah Bowman (1:54.94) and Tara Riggs (1:56.32) finished one-two-three to turn the meet point total squarely in the home team’s direction.
Backstroke specialist Hecking was in the pool next and she earned another individual victory for her team in the 100-yard freestyle (56.46). Hulick and Kristen Peterson finished in second and third place in that same event. Hecking would later post a victory in the 200 freestyle (2:20.73) as well.
All-American Carrie Nixon joined Hecking and Labosky in the multiple-victory category, easily winning both the 50 and 100 freestyle races. Hecking and Nixon were also part of the winning 200 IM and the 200 freestyle relay teams. Labosky won both the previously mentioned 1,000 freestyle and came back later in the meet to take first in the 200 individual medley (2:06.69).
Laurie Musgrave (100 breaststroke) and Kelly Barton (500 freestyle) also won their respective races in the meet.
In the diving tank, Heather Mattingly won the three-meter event by 25 points (328.87) and finished second off the one-meter board. Meghan Perry-Eaton finished third in the three meter and fourth in one meter diving.