Senior Zach Stephens broke the school record in the 200 IM Thursday morning.

Day One of NCAAs Brings New School Record For Fighting Irish Men's Swimming

March 26, 2015

IOWA CITY, Iowa – While the University of Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving team only had four individuals qualify for the 2015 NCAA Championships, Thursday all it took was once race for a new school record to emerge. Senior Zachary Stephens swam both a personal best and the fastest time in school history in the 200 IM, touching the wall in 1:44 flat, good for 19th place.

Stephens was one of three competitors that dove into the pool at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center Thursday morning, as sophomores Tom Anderson finished 49th in the 500 free (4:22.99) and diver Joseph Coumos came in 23rd in the men’s one-meter event with his score of 330.0. Anderson’s time is also a personal best in the 500 free event.

With only a few swimmers invited to the 2015 NCAA Championships, the Irish warmed up and watched as the 200 free relay, 50 free and 400 medley relay events took place in addition to the 500 free, 200 IM and 1-meter diving competitions. Texas finished the day in first place with 171 points, followed by California (119), Florida (108), Michigan (105) and Alabama (79) to round out the top 5.

Friday morning’s preliminary session starts at 11 a.m. CT, and features the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 800 free relay and 3-meter diving events. Results will be posted periodically here ( throughout both the morning and evening finals sessions.

Individual Results:

500 free – Tom Anderson, 49th (4:22.99)

200 IM – Zach Stephens, 19th (1:44.00)

1-meter diving – Joe Coumos, 23rd (330.00)

Lizzie Mikes,

Media Services Coordinator