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ND Women’s Swimming: Irish swept by LSU, Auburn at dual meet

Katherine Mack | Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Irish fell to two elite NCAA swimming and diving squads Friday. The squad lost a double dual meet, falling to host Auburn 197-101 and to LSU 155.33-141.66.

Irish highlights during the meet included top place finishes by senior Samantha Maxwell in the 100-meter breaststroke and senior Katie Casey in the 200-meter butterfly.

Senior Amywren Miller took second in the 50-meter freestyle, just 0.3 seconds behind LSU’s first-place finisher. Senior Lauren Sylvester took silver in the 1,000-meter freestyle, as Notre Dame’s first squad also took second in the 400-meter Medley Relay.

Going into the season, the Irish had dominated their conference, winning 14 consecutive Big East titles. Barnes said that the goal is to rank among the top 15 NCAA teams in the country and would like to see the program “be more dialed into an NCAA championship effort.”

Although the squad wound up losing to Auburn and LSU, the close finish showed that the Irish could still compete at the highest level.

The Irish return to action Friday when they take on Michigan State.