Freshman Suzanne Bessire leads the BIG EAST in the 200 free (1:49.05).

Women's Swimming And Diving Welcomes Michigan State To Rolfs

Jan. 20, 2012

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team returns home to the friendly confines of Rolfs Aquatic Center on Saturday as it plays host to Michigan State in a 2 p.m. dual meet.

The Irish (3-5) are coming off a productive meet in Ann Arbor, Mich., where Notre Dame student-athletes won five events and had 12 top-three finishes. Freshman standout Emma Reaney won three individual events (100 and 200 breast and 400 IM), while diving star Jenny Chiang won the 1-meter title for the fifth time this year. The 4×400 free relay squad composed of sophomore Kelly Ryan, senior Amy Prestinario, freshman Suzanne Bessire and Reaney closed out the meet with a first place finish.

The Spartans (2-4) play host to Ohio State on Friday, before making the trip down to South Bend for their matchup with the host Irish.

Live results will be available at The meet will also be streamed live on with Ryan Camden calling the action.

Schedule of Events
1. W: 400 Medley Relay
2. M: 200 Medley Relay
3. W: 1,000 Free
4. M: 1,650 Free
5. W: 200 Free
6. M: 200 Free
7. W: 100 Back
8. M: 100 Back
9. W: 100 Breast
10. M: 100 Breast
11. W: 200 Fly
12. M: 200 Fly
13. W: 50 Free
14. M: 50 Free
15. W: 1-Meter Dive
16. M: 1-Meter Dive
17. W: 100 Free
18. M: 100 Free
19. W: 200 Back
20. M: 200 Back
21. W: 200 Breast
22. M: 200 Breast
23. W: 500 Free
24. M: 500 Free
25. W: 100 Fly
26. M: 100 Fly
27. W: 3-Meter Dive
28. M: 3-Meter Dive
29. W: 200 IM
30. M: 200 IM
31. W: 400 Free Relay
32. M: 400 Free Relay


NCAA B-Cut Times: Nine Notre Dame women’s swimmers have recorded NCAA B-Cut times so far this season.

Suzanne Bessire 800 Free Relay
Hannah Bowen 200 and 400 Free Relay
Bridget Casey 200 Fly
Sarah Dotzel – 400 Medley Relay
Amy Prestinario 100 Free, 200 Medley Relay, 200, 400 and 800 Free Relay
Emma Reaney 100 and 200 Breast, 200 and 400 IM, 400 Medley Relay,400 and 800 Free Relay
Kelly Ryan 100 Free, 100 and 200 Back, 400 Medley Relay, 200,400 and 800 Free Relay
Lauren Scott 200 Free Relay
Lauren Stauder 200 Breast

Leading The BIG EAST: Notre Dame currently leads the BIG EAST in eight events. Pacing the Irish is sophomore Kelly Ryan, who has improved even from her outstanding rookie campaign. The Hinsdale, Ill., native leads the league in the 50 free (23.17), 100 free (49.62), 100 back (53.60) and 200 back (1:55.66) and was a part of the 400 free relay (3:20.93) and the 400 medley relay (3:39.59) teams that currently lead the conference. Reaney leads the 200 IM (1:57.67), while fellow freshman Suzanne Bessire leads in the 200 free (1:49.05).

Looking Nationally: Looking at the national landscape, Ryan is 18th in the 200 back (1:55.66), 26th in the 100 back (53.60) and 38th in the 100 free (49.62), while Reaney is ninth in the 200 IM (1:57.67), 20th in the 400 IM (4:12.19), 24th in the 200 breast (2:12.37) and 28th in the 100 breast (1:01.10). Sophomore Lauren Stauder is 31st in the 200 breast (2:13.05). The 400 free relay team (3:20.93) composed of Amy Prestinario, Kelly, Reaney and Bowen sits 23rd, while the 400 medley relay team (3:39.59) Ryan, Bessire, Reaney and Prestinario is 27th.

Reaney Impresses: Freshman Emma Reaney has made quite an impact for the Irish this season. The Lawrence, Kan., native is 9-0 in IM events and won five breaststroke and five relay events. For her efforts she has been named BIG EAST Women’s Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week three times, which is a new league standard for most weekly scrolls in a season. In the Jan. 16 issue of Sports Illustrated, Reaney appeared in Faces In The Crowd. She’s currently the top freshman nationally in the 200 breast and IM events and fourth in the 100 breast and 400 IM events.

Casey Named To USA Swimming National Junior Team: Freshman Bridget Casey entered Notre Dame in impressive fashion, earning a spot on the USA Swimming National Junior Team in the 200 fly this past summer. She qualified for the team after being the fifth 18 and under swimmer to touch the pad at the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships in August.

Irish Raise $5,000 Towards Cancer Research: The women’s swimming team held the first annual Fighting Irish Swim Clinic on Saturday, Sept. 24 and raised $5,000 towards cancer research. The money will go towards the American Cancer Society and the local RiverBend Cancer Services.