March 23, 2017
By Sinhue Mendoza
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – The No. 19 University of Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving team had its 200 free relay and 400 medley relay squads each earn All-America honors on the second day of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the IU Natatorium. The Fighting Irish are in 22nd place with 12 points.
The 200 free relay team of Justin Plaschka, Daniel Speers, Tabahn Afrik and Reed Fujan qualified for the evening finals following a 13th-place finish with a school-record time of 1:17.29. They improved their time in the finals with a swim of 1:16.97 and finished 11th, which earned the quartet honorable mention All-America honors and was the highest placing relay at the NCAA Championships in program history.
The Irish relays weren’t finished as the foursome of Justin Plaschka, Daniel Speers, Robby Whitacre and Trent Jackson followed suit. They finished 15th with a time of 3:06.90 in the morning prelims. The time set a program record that was established just a couple weeks ago at the ACC Championships.
The Fifty is His
Junior Justin Plaschka highlighted the first swim of the 200 free relay with a school record in the 50 free (19.35). Fujan broke his own record of 19.38 that he set at the ACC Championships. He improved his official morning prelim time of 19.58 which placed him 33rd.
Speers’ morning prelim time of 19:38 in the 50 free placed him 22nd and briefly tied him for the school record with Plaschka. They now share the second-fastest time in program history.
On the springboard, Joe Coumos dove in the one-meter board preliminary round and finished with a final score of 313.20 — good enough for 20th. The placement was an improvement when compared to his last time in the NCAA Championships. In 2015, Coumos came in 23rd with a score of 330.0.
COACH LITZINGER’S THOUGHTS
“Great swimming by our guys this morning and tonight. Our 200 free relay was outstanding with a Notre Dame record and another by Justin Plaschka in the lead off leg of the 50 free. That relay was our highest placing relay in school history. We caught a bad break on the 400 medley but need to refocus for our swims tomorrow.”
WHEN AND HOW TO WATCH THE IRISH
ESPN3.com will stream the finals sessions live on Friday and Saturday. The morning sessions on Friday and Saturday will be streamed live on NCAA.com and indianasportscorp.org/ncaasd. Additionally, ESPNU will air a broadcast via tape delay at 5 p.m. ET, Wednesday, April 5. Live results for the championships will be available on NCAA.com.
Notre Dame fans can also follow live results of the week’s action on the team’s Twitter account, @NDMensswimdive, with a complete recap posted to und.com at the conclusion of the meet.
Friday, March 24
10:00 a.m. Day 3 Swimming Trials
100 Fly (Justin Plaschka)
100 Breast (Trent Jackson)
100 Back (Robby Whitacre)
200 Medley Relay (Justin Plaschka, Daniel Speers,Robby Whitacre, Trent Jackson)
3-meter Diving Trials (Joe Coumos)
15 minutes following trials
6:00 p.m. Day 3 Finals
100 Fly Consolation/Final
100 Breast Consolation/Final
100 Back Consolation/Final
3-meter Diving Final
200 Medley Relay Consolation/Final
Saturday, March 25
10:00 a.m. Day 4 Swimming Trials
400 Free Relay (Justin Plaschka, Daniel Speers, Tabahn Afrik, Reed Fujan)
200 Back (Robby Whitacre)
100 Free ((Justin Plaschka, Daniel Speers)
200 Breast (Trent Jackson)
6:00 p.m. Day 4 Finals
200 Back Consolation/Final
100 Free Consolation/Final
200 Breast Consolation/Final
400 Free Relay Consolation/Final