Nov. 23, 2003


College Station, Texas – The Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team, competing without 11 of its top swimmers, finished the third and final day of the Texas A&M Invitational in College Station, Texas, on Sunday. The Irish, who were competing against seven nationally-ranked teams, were missing a majority of their roster as a flu-like virus overtook the team about 10 days ago.

Freshman Katie Carroll concluded her good meet with a ninth-place finish in the 100 freestyle in a time of 58.00. UCLA’s Sara Platzer was first in 55.68. Carroll also swam the first leg of the 800 freestyle relay, along with teammates Lisa Garcia, Ann Barton and Ellen Johnson, and placed eighth in 8:21.80. SMU was first in the race at 8:01.59.

In the 1,500 freestyle, Notre Dame’s Kelli Barton was 17th in 17:01.00. Virginia’s Kimi Kelly was first in 16:10.00. Freshman Abby Strang was 24th for the Irish in 17:17.80.

Senior Danielle Hulick was 22nd in the 200 backstroke in 2:20.73, while freshman Jessica Stephens was 14th in the 200 breaststroke in 2:38.36. Garcia was Notre Dame’s highest finisher in the 200 fly with a time of 2:16.41.

The Irish return home on Thursday playing host to the Notre Dame Invitational Dec. 4-6. Preliminaries are at 10 a.m., followed by finals at 6:30 p.m.

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