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ND Swimming: Women capture win

Joe Meixell | Monday, November 5, 2007

The Notre Dame women on Friday picked up their first dual meet victory of the season.

The Irish defeated Purdue 158.5-131.5 at the Boilermaker Aquatic Complex in West Lafayette, Ind.

The women’s dual meet record improved to 1-2, but the men’s record dropped to 0-3 after the squad suffered defeats at the hands of nationally ranked Purdue (219-81) and Texas A&M (171-127).

The Irish women won 11 of the 16 events and registered six second-place finishes.

The meet began with an Irish victory in the 400-yard medley relay, with junior Christa Riggins, freshmen Katie Casey and Sam Maxwell, and senior Caroline Johnson combining for a win that would set the tone for the rest of the evening.

Riggins continued her success with victories in the 100 and 200 freestyle events, in addition to her second place finish in the 50 freestyle. She was beaten out in that event by freshman teammate Amywren Miller, who finished second to Riggins in the 100 freestyle.

Miller also joined Johnson, sophomore Megan Farrell and freshman Lauren Parisi to claim victory in the 400 freestyle relay. Farrell notched another victory for the Irish in the 400 individual medley.

In addition to their relay victory, Maxwell and Casey earned three individual titles. Maxwell took the 100 and 200 breaststroke events, while Casey finished first in the 200 fly. Fellow freshman Lauren Sylvester won the 500 freestyle with a season-best time of 4:54.66.

Sophomore Natalie Stitt earned a victory for the divers, taking first in the three-meter dive with a score of 269.10.

The Irish women are now 4-6-1 against Purdue all-time and 2-1 under coach Carrie Nixon.

The men did not fare as well. The Irish failed to win any events against its stiff competition.

Still, there were some bright spots, highlighted by the performance of sophomore John Lytle.

Lytle finished second and third in the 200- and 100-yard freestyle events, respectively, and he was also part of relay teams that took third in the 400 freestyle relay and fourth in the 200 medley relay.

Freshman Michael Sullivan earned another second place finish for the swimmers in the 1,650-yard freestyle.