Notre Dame Finishes 16th and Louisville Places 22nd at NCAA Championships

Notre Dame and Louisville finished 16th and 22nd respectively at the NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at IU Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI.


The Fighting Irish placed 16th in the 43-team field with 55 points and Louisville, the BIG EAST Champion, finished 22nd overall with 36 points.


On Day 1, both teams earned points early when sophomore Emma Reaney of Notre Dame and sophomore Tanja Kylliainen of Louisville took 9th and 14th respectively in the 200-yard individual medley. Reaney finished in 1:55.06 and Kylliainen placed in 1:58.07.


Reaney, the Women's Most Outstanding Swimmer at the BIG EAST Championship, earned points in four events. She also finished 5th in the 100 (59.19) and 200 breaststroke (2:06.77) and was a member of the 400 medley relay team that finished 13th in 3:34.66. Junior Kelly Ryan swam the first leg followed by Reaney, senior Kimberly Holden and freshman Catherine Galletti.


Kylliainen led the way for the Cardinals and earned points in three events. She also finished 8th in the 200 butterfly with a mark of 1:57.22 and 10th in the 400 IM with a time of 4:07.30. 


In other swimming action, freshman Kelsi Worrell of Louisville took home fourth place in the 100 butterfly with a time of 51.80.


The Fighting Irish earned points from two swimmers in the 200 backstroke. Holden placed 13th in 1:54.29 and Ryan finished in 16th with a time of 1:55.78.  


In diving action, senior Jenny Chiang of Notre Dame, the Women's Most Outstanding Diver at the BIG EAST Championship, took 12th in the 3-meter dive with 330.75 points.