Oct. 6, 2000
The Notre Dame women’s swimming team began the season on a high note, dominating the Notre Dame Relays and earning first-place with 240 points at the Rolfs Aquatic Center on Friday night. Illinois State finished second, followed by Butler, Valparaiso, Marquette and St. Mary’s.
One of the main obstacles on the night was breaking the meet records not held by the Irish women. Heading into the competition, Notre Dame held 11 of the 13 meet event records. Only the 500-y ard crescendo and 400-yard freestyle relay records were not held by the Irish. Brooke Davey (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.), Allison Lloyd (Fort Wayne, Ind.), Tiffany O’Brien (Redmond, Wa.) and Danielle Hulick (Galesburg, Ill.) accomplished the first goal, winning the 500 crescendo relay in 4:35.99 and besting the old record (held by Illinois State) by three seconds.
The Irish won the 400 freestyle relay as well, but were unable to set a meet record. That was a theme the team was unfamiliar with on the night, though. All told, Notre Dame set six new meet records during the Relays.
Next up for the Irish swimmers is a dual meet with the University of Miami (Fla.) on Oct. 27.