Notre Dame is set to face No. 16 Louisville Saturday at Wright Natatorium.

BIG EAST Rivalry Continues Saturday For Swimming And Diving

Nov. 10, 2011

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving team will visit No. 16 Louisville for an 11:00 a.m. (ET) BIG EAST Conference dual meet against the Cardinals on Saturday at Wright Natatorium. Live results will be available at

“Dual meets against Louisville are always a great challenge for us,” Irish head coach Tim Welsh said. “This is also our last chance to prepare for the semester-ending invitational at Iowa, and we expect to see a lot of improvement in our performances this weekend.

Notre Dame enters the weekend with a 4-2 record, which includes wins over Oakland, Texas Christian, Pittsburgh and Valparaiso. The Irish are receiving votes in the latest CSCAA top 25 poll.

The Irish and Cardinals will continue a healthy rivalry between the conference foes. Notre Dame finished ahead of second-place Louisville to capture the 2008 and 2009 league titles, with Louisville coming out on top of the Irish in the 2010 and 2011 editions of the conference finale.

A pair of swimmers in the upcoming meet rank among the top-10 nationally in the 200 freestyle. Frank Dyer (1:37.92) is sixth and Louisville’s Joao De Lucca is eighth at 1:38.12. Dyer also holds the league’s top times this season in the 100 free (44.57) and 500 free (4:29.81).

Louisville’s Pedro Oliveira has the nation’s seventh-fastest time in the 200 back (1:47.02) and Carlos Almeida ranks second in the 100 breaststroke (54.36). He also recorded a 2:00.35 in the 200 breaststroke, ranking him sixth nationally.