NOTRE DAME (SHAMROCK) INVITATIONAL
- Notre Dame – 260
- Akron – 109
Notre Dame emerged victorious over Akron after the three periods of the Shamrock Invitational this weekend. The meet bares some added significance for Akron this 12 months, because the MAC Championships aren’t set to happen till after NCAAs this 12 months. That being stated, if any Akron swimmers, or any MAC swimmer basically, wish to qualify for NCAAs, they’ll want to take action earlier than their convention meet.
Notre Dame sophomore Coleen Gillilan gained each occasion she raced on this weekend, together with relays. Individually, Gillilan took the 200 IM, 100 fly, 200 fly, and 100 breast. Her first win got here within the 200 IM, the place she swam a 1:57.46, posting a really fast 33.88 on the breast 50. The swim marks a season greatest for Gillilan, and is at the moment 16th within the NCAA this season. It additionally places her inside a second of her private better of 1:56.69 from final 12 months’s ACCs. Akron’s Sarah Watson was 2nd within the race, additionally breaking 2:00, clocking a 1:59.28.
Gillilan then took the 100 fly in 52.46, once more narrowly lacking her private better of 52.00. It was Watson once more who was closest to Gillilan, swimming a 53.15. Gillilan swam a 52.27 again in December, which stands as her season greatest. She additionally gained the 200 fly, swimming a 1:55.37, with teammate Luciana Thomas coming in 2nd in 1:57.04. Gillilan’s 1:55.37 was once more very near her private greatest, which sits at 1:54.79 from final 12 months’s ACCs. Her time ranks 14th within the NCAA this season.
Gillilan’s different occasion win got here within the 100 breast, the place she raced arduous towards Akron’s Andrea Fischer. Gillilan acquired out to a really slight lead on the primary 50, splitting 28.96 to Fischer’s 29.06, and got here dwelling in 32.44 to Fischer’s 32.59. Gillilan’s closing time of 1:01.40 was a season greatest.
Gillilan was additionally pivotal on the Notre Dame relays, competing on the 200 free, 400 free, 200 medley, and 400 medley. She anchored the 200 free relay with a field-leading 22.38, serving to the Combating Irish to a 1:30.78 end. Carly Quast led the squad off in 23.19, and was adopted by Cailey Grunhard (22.50) and Rachel Wittmer (22.71). They battled the entire method with Akron, who was made up of Sarah Watson (22.83), Victoria Kaufman (22.60), Olivia DeRodes (22.84), and Rachel Schiffli (22.70), leading to a 1:30.97 end.
Within the 400 free relay, Gillilan anchored once more, splitting 49.73, constructing the lead over Akron, and making certain an Irish victory. Rachel Wittmer led the group off in 50.43, and was adopted by Skylar Fore (49.21), and Carly Quast (50.14), for a 3:19.51. It was Sarah Watson for Akron that posted the quickest break up within the area, and did so on the lead-off, swimming a 49.19.
Gillilan additionally anchored the 200 medley relay, splitting 22.88, which was a full half second slower than she anchored the 200 free relay. Carly Quast led ND off with a 24.76 again break up, with Ellie Jew offering a 28.44 breast break up, and Cailey Grunhard swimming a 23.19 fly break up. Notre Dame completed in 1:39.27, whereas Akron’s group clocked a 1:39.76. Gillilan switched to breaststroke on the 400 medley relay, splitting 1:00.74. Skylar Fore took over the freestyle leg on that relay, anchoring in 49.78. Carly Quast was once more the lead-off, swimming a 53.26, and Cailey Grunhard break up 52.12 on the fly leg, for a 3:35.90.
Luciana Thomas was one other Irish swimmer to win a number of occasions. Thomas kicked off her meet by profitable the 500 free, posting a 4:46.48, pulling away from teammate Madeline LaPorte on the again half of the race. Thomas and LaPorte have been just about tied on the 250 mark, with Thomas flipping at 2:51.48, and LaPorte 2:51.46. LaPorte in the end ended up ending in 4:48.07. Thomas was just below 2 seconds off her private better of 4:44.55. Thomas went on to win the 400 IM with a 4:13.25, profitable by a 6-second margin. The swim was additionally near Thomas’ private greatest, which sits at 4:11.19.
Akron pulled out a win within the 800 free relay. Sarah Watson led the Zips off with a 1:48.28, establishing a 2.5 second lead heading into the 2nd leg. Astrid Halvorsen dove in subsequent for a 1:50.00 break up, with Rachel Sabotin going third with a 1:51.32, and Victoria Kaufman anchored in 1:50.56. Akron completed in 7:20.16, almost 5 seconds forward of Notre Dame.
Bayley Stewart swept the backstroke occasions, establishing a brand new private greatest within the 200 again. Within the 200 again, Stewart swam a 1:53.46, dipping beneath 1:54 for the primary time in her profession. The swim ranks Stewart 12th within the NCAA this season. Within the 100 again, Stewart clocked a 53.35, touching simply .03 seconds off her private greatest.
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NOTRE DAME, Indiana — On Senior Day, the No. 18 Notre Dame girls closed out the Shamrock Invitational with a win over RV Akron, 260-109, led by a program report efficiency from Kelly Straub and pool information from Bayley Stewart and Coleen Gillilan.
Straub set a brand new pool report for the 1-meter (six dives), scoring a 340.35, which broke the earlier report that stood since 2012. Stewart clocked a 1:53.46 within the 200 Again for her pool report, and Gillilan broke her personal pool report within the 200 Fly, posting a 1:55.37. On the meet, the Irish ladies and men mixed for seven pool information.
“Earlier than the occasion right now, I challenged Kelly to get that report, roughly simply to see how she would react,” head dive coach Mark Bradshaw shared. “That’s one factor she must work on is her potential to lift her sport a notch within the contest. She did that, clearly, very, very properly. From that standpoint, it was nice to see. I do know it means so much to her to have that recognition.”
“It’s surreal,” Straub expressed after breaking the report. “All my arduous work is lastly blossoming into one thing that I’ve needed for such a very long time. […] The work that I put in, apply out and in of the pool, the weightlifting program, paid off. I’ve a lot respect for my coach. I owe every part to him. He has actually helped me blossom into who I’m right now. My teammates actually pushed me. I owe it to them.”
The Irish totaled 10 B-Lower instances on the day, bringing the ladies’s meet whole to 12. Total, Notre Dame’s women and men mixed for 21 NCAA B-Lower instances over the course of the Shamrock Invitational.
“Bailey Stewart in all probability punched her ticket to NCAAs, and Coleen in all probability did the identical on the Fly,” head swim coach Mike Litzinger stated. “It’s our subsequent wave of management as our seniors end their final dwelling meet off in model. I’m actually happy with how they’ve led, and now we’re beginning to see the second wave of youngsters come via and excel at a excessive stage. That’s actually good for our future and the NCAA championships, and we’re proud to know that.”
To begin off the morning, the Irish group of Carly Quast, Ellie Jew, Cailey Grunhard and Coleen Gillilan introduced dwelling first within the 200 Medley Relay with a 1:39.27. Gillilan acquired proper again within the pool within the subsequent occasion, profitable the 100 Fly with a B-Lower 52.47, as Cailey Grunhard positioned third, additionally notching a B-Lower time (53.36).
Luciana Thomas posted her second win of the weekend, this one coming within the 400 IM with a B-Lower 4:13.25. Freshman Kallie Chelsvig took dwelling the win within the 200 Free from Lane 8, clocking a 1:49.49. She was intently adopted by Skylar Fore, who posted a 1:49.52.
Gillilan posted her second particular person win of the day, third of the meet, within the 100 Breast with a B-Lower 1:01.40. Bayley Stewart closed out particular person occasions for the morning with a B-Lower 53.35 within the 100 Again, good for first.
Within the 800 Free Relay, the group of Thomas, Fore, Madeline LaPorte and Chelsvig positioned second, delivering a 7:24.80.
LaPorte kicked off the night session with a B-Lower 16:25.48 within the 1650 Free, good for first place. Stewart turned in a 1:53.46 within the 200 Again, incomes her a NCAA B-Lower and setting a brand new pool report.
Akron’s Sarah Watson gained the 100 Free, adopted intently by Fore (49.99) and Rachel Wittmer (50.44). The Zips additionally gained the 200 Breast, as Andrea Fischer clocked a 2:12.33 for first. Notre Dame’s Elizabeth Fry posted a 2:15.54 for second, and Sarah Nicholls touched the wall in 2:15.85 for third.
Gillilan’s pool report got here within the 200 Fly, with a B-Lower 1:55.37, as Luciana Thomas (1:57.04) and Megan Deuel (1:58.76) completed second and third, additionally notching B-Lower instances.
Within the diving properly, Straub’s 340.35 on the 1-meter broke a program and pool report beforehand held by Jenny Chiang from 2012 (338.25). Straub’s rating additionally cleared the Zone A designation by greater than 45 factors. Annie Wiese positioned second, additionally notching a Zone A rating of 295.58.
“Annie has been constant all 12 months,” Bradshaw famous. “I do know inside 10 factors what she’s going to do in each contest. She’s not diving at her very best proper now, however she’s not too far off. We’re trying on the subsequent month, and he or she’s going to be proper there.”
Ending out the night time, Notre Dame’s Wittmer, Fore, Quast and Gillilan gained the 400 Free Relay with a 3:19.51.
No. 18/18 Notre Dame will head to West Virginia subsequent week for a twin meet Jan. 29-30.
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