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ND Women’s Swimming: Numerous top 25 teams await Irish

Joe Meixell | Friday, November 21, 2003

The women’s swimming and diving team looks to make a splash as the No. 19 Irish (4-1) travel to College Station, Texas to compete in the Texas A&M Invitational this weekend.Notre Dame will have its hands full with a field that features some stiff competition, including the likes of No. 8 SMU, No. 11 UCLA, co-No. 17’s Virginia and Texas A&M, No. 20 Florida State and Purdue.Last Friday, the Irish dominated a triangular meet against Bowling Green and Louisville, 188-90 and 187-89, respectively.Failing to win only the 200-yard medley relay due to disqualification, the Irish took 15 of the meet’s 16 events. Nine different Notre Dame competitors recorded at least one first-place finish, and four – seniors Lisa Garcia (100 and 200-yard butterfly and 200-yard individual medley) and Meghan Perry-Eaton (one and three-meter diving) and freshmen Katie Carroll (50 and 100-yard freestyle) and Ellen Johnson (200-yard backstroke and 1,000-yard freestyle) – each took at least two events.While a number of underclassmen, including Carroll and Johnson, among others, have been stellar thus far, head coach Bailey Weathers points to the seniors as the team’s leaders both in and out of the pool.”[The seniors] are a real good group,” Weathers said. “They all have been really important to us for a long time.”The Irish return to action next Thursday-Saturday when they host the Notre Dame Invitational.