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ND WOMEN’S SWIMMING: Irish look for first home win of season today

Jack Thornton | Friday, November 11, 2005

The women’s swimming and diving team will attempt to get both its first home win and its first single meet win of the Carrie Nixon era this Friday when the Minnesota Gophers come to visit.

Notre Dame enters the meet coming off its first win of the season, a 138-105 defeat of Pittsburgh. The meet was the swimming team’s strongest effort of the season as they won 7 out of 13 events. The result pushed Notre Dame’s record to 1-2 on the season. Minnesota comes to South Bend off a close loss to No. 21 University of North Carolina. Despite the loss, Minnesota’s record for the season stands at an impressive 4-2 mark. The Irish, however, are not concerned with the difference in records.

“I think the team feels that our record doesn’t reflect how good we are,” said junior swimmer Julia Quinn. “Every week we’re going out trying to prove to the country that we’re a top-20 team.”

Quinn, who transferred to Notre Dame from Minnesota, is very familiar with the Gopher team and knows the Irish will be facing a tough test this week.

“They have an excellent freshman class that they’ll probably rely heavily on,” she said. “They’ve all been swimming very well lately.”

The Irish should be well- prepared for Friday’s meet as Nixon put them through an extra difficult week of practice leading up to this meet. With next week reserved more for fine tuning everything before Notre Dame’s own Invitational Meet, the Irish have put all their efforts into training this week.

The meet, originally scheduled for 5 p.m. today, has been rescheduled to 2 p.m. at the Rolf’s Aquatic Center at Notre Dame.