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Brady makes NCAA debut, Straub and Thomas close out collegiate swimming careers

| Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Three members of the Notre Dame women’s swimming and diving team competed in the NCAA Championships this past weekend (March 17-19) at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Freshman Calie Brady and graduate student Kelly Straub represented the Irish on the diving board, with senior Luciana Thomas in the pool for the 500 freestyle and 100 butterfly.

All three members competed Thursday, with Brady and Straub on the board for the 1-meter dive and Thomas in the pool for the 500 freestyle. Brady finished 37th overall in the 1-meter, with a 258.40 in her college championship debut.

Straub qualified for finals in the last 1-meter of her career, eventually finishing 14th overall with a 294.55. She also earned Honorable Mention All-American status after this placement. Thomas clocked in at a personal best of 4:43.32, just shy of the program record of 4:42.85, but still the second fastest time in program history. This finish placed her 26th overall.

Friday, Straub competed in the 3-meter, the final event of her Irish career. Straub finaled to place 14th overall and finish with a 324.25. This 14th-place finish earned Straub her second Honorable Mention All-American honors of the tournament, and the third of her career after an Honorable Mention for the 3-meter in 2021.

Saturday wrapped up competition for the Irish, with Thomas in the pool for the last time in the 200 butterfly. Finishing 19th overall, Thomas swam a 1:55.12 and marked the end of her collegiate swimming career. The Irish finished the championships 31st overall with six points.

The men are set to compete in their portion of the competition down in Atlanta from Wednesday, March 23 to Saturday, March 27. Three Irish swimmers and four relays have qualified for the Men’s NCAA Championships.

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