Nov. 14, 2003
Notre Dame, Ind. – The 19th-ranked Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team won 15 of 16 events tonight defeating Bowling Green, 188-90, and Louisville, 187-89, in dual meet action at Rolfs Aquatic Center. Louisville defeated Bowling Green 141-139 in the other dual meet. Notre Dame improves to 4-1 on the season, while Louisville improves to 3-6 and Bowling Green is 0-5.
Notre Dame had a number of multiple winners tonight including senior Lisa Garcia who won three events, while freshmen Katie Carroll and Ellen Johnson and senior Meghan Perry-Eaton claimed two victories each for the Irish. Garcia won her first race in taking the 200 butterfly in 2:02.93, well ahead of runner-up Christel Bouvron (2:09.34). Garcia also was first in the 100 butterfly (57.51) and the 200 individual medley (2:06.81).
Carroll continued her great fall with victories in the 50 and 100 freestyle races. The freshman was first in the 50 in 24.37, and posted a time of 52.44 in the 100-yard event. Fellow Irish freshman Rebecca Grove was second in both races at 24.47 and 54.32, respectively.
Johnson dominated the distance races winning both the 1,000 free and 200 backstroke. Johnson outdistanced second-place Sarah Alwen by almost six seconds with a time of 10:22.94 in the 1,000, while touching out senior Danielle Hulick in the 200 back with a time of 2:06.96.
Meghan Perry-Eaton remained undefeated this fall with two wins in the one- and three-meter diving competitions. Perry-Eaton was first on the one-meter board with 313.60 points. Louisville’s Jerilyn Drummond was second with 233 points. On the three-meter event, Perry-Eaton scored 279.30, while Drummond earned runner-up honors with 238.70 points.
Other event winners for the Irish tonight included freshman Ann Barton in the 200 freestyle (1:54.47), Grove in the 100 backstroke (58.28), freshman Jessica Stephens in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.73), junior Kelli Barton in the 200 breaststroke (2:21.09) and Bouvron in the 500 freestyle (5:04.50). The 200 freestyle relay of Alwen, Bouvron, Ann Barton and Courtney Campbell also took first in a time of 1:39.57.
The Irish women are next in action Friday-Sunday, Nov. 21-23, as they travel to College Station, Texas for the Texas A&M Invitational. Prelims begin at 10 a.m., followed by finals at 6 p.m.