Sophomore Kelly Ryan.

Women's Swimming Opens Second Half Against Wolverines And Wildcats

Jan. 11, 2012

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s swimming team fresh off a two week training trip in Hawaii, will dive into action this weekend when it heads to Ann Arbor, Mich., to meet the Wolverines (2-5, 1-2 Big Ten) and Northwestern (5-2, 1-2 Big Ten) in a 1 p.m. double-dual meet on Saturday.

The Irish (3-3, 1-1 BIG EAST) return to Chicago from Honolulu, Hawaii, on Thursday, and will make a quick stop at Notre Dame before heading up to Ann Arbor and Canham Natatorium for the meet.

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The meet marks the second consecutive year the three teams have met in a double-dual meet. Last year the Irish lost to Michigan (182-117) and Northwestern (189.5-110.5) in Chicago.

Following this weekend’s meet, the Irish return to Rolfs Aquatic Center on Jan. 21, where they will host Michigan State at 2 p.m.

Schedule of Events – Notre Dame vs. Michigan vs. Northwestern (1 p.m. Sat.)
200-yard Medley Relay
1,000-yard Freestyle
200-yard Freestyle
100-yard Backstroke
100-yard Breaststroke
200-yard Butterfly
50-yard Freestyle
100-yard Freestyle
200-yard Backstroke
200-yard Breaststroke
500-yard Freestyle
100-yard Butterfly
400-yard Individual Medley
400-yard Freestyle Relay
One-meter Diving
Three-meter Diving


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: With the BIG EAST Swimming Championships only five weeks away, four Irish swimmers top the conference in eight events, while two relay teams also lead the league.

Kelly Ryan 50 Free (23.17); 100 Free (49.62); 100 Back (53.60); 200 Back (1:56.66)
Suzanne Bessire 200 Free (1:49.05)
Emma Reaney 100 Breast (1:02.21); 200 IM (1:57.67)
Amy Prestinario 100 Fly (54.29)
400 Free Relay – Prestinario, Ryan, Reaney, Bowen
400 Medley Relay – Ryan, Reaney, Dotzel, Prestinario

BIG EAST Women’s Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week: Irish freshman Emma Reaney has made an instant splash in the BIG EAST, earning a pair of BIG EAST weekly awards. She is only the third women’s swimmer since the award began during the 2008-09 season to earn two weekly scrolls in the same season.

Emma Reaney: Nov. 8-14
Emma Reaney: Nov. 29-Dec. 5

Sports Illustrated Faces In The Crowd: On Jan. 11, it was announced that freshman Emma Reaney would appear in the Jan. 16th edition of Sports Illustrated’s Faces In The Crowd section. The section, which has been a part of the magazine since 1956, highlights amateur athletes from around the country for their athletic feats.

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.