Irish struggle away from home at Virginia
Observer Staff Report | Thursday, January 14, 2016
After taking more than a month off between meets, Notre Dame made the trip to highly-rated Virginia this past weekend following a short holiday break, where it fell to the Cavaliers, 243-105.
The dual meet, which came on the heels of an Irish training session in Naples, Florida, saw the Cavaliers pull out a win on their senior day behind the leadership of senior Olympic hopeful Courtney Bartholomew. Virginia’s win kept the host Cavaliers unbeaten in dual meets, while Notre Dame fell to 1-2 on the season in such contests.
Over the course of the two-day meet, the Irish snagged wins in both the diving platforms, as senior diver Lindsey Streepey won the 3-meter with a score of 322.95, while senior diver Emma Gaboury took the 1-meter with a score of 282.07 points. Streepey also finished second in the 1-meter, just behind her teammate, with a score of 273.60.
In the pool, the Irish got one individual win from junior Katie Miller, who won the 400-yard individual medley in 4 minutes and 32 seconds, and a relay win in the 400-yard freestyle, which the Irish A team won in 3:29.16.
The Irish also had a second-place finish from freshman Sofia Revilak in the 100-yard butterfly, with a time of 55.20 seconds.
The A relay teams in the 200-yard free relay, 400-yard medley relay and 200-yard medley relay all placed third for the Irish. The Irish had third-place finishers in both backstroke events, with junior Catherine Mulquin touching the wall in 57.04 in the 100-yard event, and freshman Alice Trueth finishing at 2:00.04 in the 200-yard race. Junior Danielle Margheret took third place in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:04.39.
This was the first meet for the team since women’s coach Mike Litzinger took over the head coaching duties of the men’s team as well, following the leave of absence taken by former men’s head coach Matt Tallman.
Next on the schedule for Notre Dame will be a home meet against Northwestern. The last time the Irish competed against the Wildcats was last year in a tri-meet in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where they were narrowly defeated 154-146.
Northwestern, 4-1 in dual meets on the season, is coming off a win at the Florida Atlantic Fun Invite that took place before Christmas and will begin the new year competing against the Irish. The meet will be this Saturday, beginning at noon, at Rolfs Aquatic Center.