Jan. 14, 2006
DALLAS, Texas – Nine members of the No. 19 Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving team concluded the 24th Annual Dallas Morning News Classic in fifth-place on Saturday evening in the Perkins Natatorium in Dallas, Texas. The seventh-ranked Florida Gators topped the six-team field with 342.5 points. The Fighting Irish totaled 222.5 points as they were competing in the prestigious event for the first time in program history.
Sophomore diver Michael Bulfin had the top finish for the Irish on the night as he placed second in the three-meter diving competition. The 16th-ranked Northwestern Wildcats came in second with 331 points, while the host school SMU was third (294 pts.) and No. 14 Florida State was fourth (245). Washington placed sixth with 221 points.
Each of the six teams in the 24th Annual Dallas Morning News Classic brought eight swimmers and one diver to the meet.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS CLASSIC DAY TWO RECAP:
200-Yard Medley Relay: The Fighting Irish team of Doug Bauman, Tim Randolph, Tim Kegelman and Louis Cavadini swam a time of 1:33.15 to place sixth. The four-man Northwestern squad captured the title in a time of 1:28.71.
200-Yard Breaststroke: For the Irish, Jay Vanden Berg placed sixth in a time of 2:07.40 and Nick Fanslau was 12th in 2:16.26. Northwestern’s Mik Alexandrov won by touching the wall at 1:58.70.
200-Yard Backstroke: Notre Dame’s Doug Bauman was fifth in 1:52.66, while Jamie Lutkus was 12th for the Fighting Irish in 1:54.30. Matt Grevers from Northwestern won in a meet-record time of 1:43.66.
Three-Meter Diving: Michael Bulfin placed second for the Fighting Irish with 318.00 total points. Philip Grffin from SMU bested Bulfin with a 366.70 total to claim the victory.
100-Yard Freestyle: Notre Dame’s Louis Cavadini was sixth in 47.31, while his teammate Tim Randolph finished 12th overall with a time of 47.41. Northwestern’s Matt Grevers won with a time of 43.68.
200-Yard Butterfly: Ted Brown was sixth for Notre Dame in a season-best time of 1:51.76 and Tim Kegelman was eighth, also in a season-best mark of 1:52.13 for the Irish. Bradley Ally from Florida claimed the win after touching the wall in 1:49.22.
200-Yard IM: Jamie Lutkus clocked in fifth for the Irish with a time of 1:54.65 and his teammate Doug Bauman was 12th in 1:58.19. Lucas Salatta from Florida took the title in 1:48.75.
200-Yard Freestyle Relay: In the final event of the meet, the Notre Dame quintet of Louis Cavadini, Tim Randolph, Nick Fanslau and Tim Kegelman swam a time of 1:24.48 to place sixth. Florida’s four-man team combined to win the event in 1:21.20.
Notre Dame improved its dual-meet record to 5-1 on Friday evening by defeating the University of Evansville 163-73 in the Wyttenbach Pool in Evansville, Ind.
The Fighting Irish will return to the pool as a complete squad on Friday, Jan. 20 as they face Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. at 6:00 p.m. (CT). Notre Dame returns home with a visit from Cleveland State on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 2:00 p.m. (ET) in the Rolfs Aquatic Center.
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