Nov. 17, 2005
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The 19th-ranked Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving team returns home, following a three-meet stretch on the road, for a match-up versus St. Bonaventure this Saturday in the Rolfs Aquatic Center at 9:30 a.m. This will mark the 39th time that the Fighting Irish and Bonnies have met in the pool, with the Irish owning a 28-10 advantage. Notre Dame is 3-1 so far this season and Saturday’s meet is the final dual-meet of the semester for the team. The Fighting Irish will host the Notre Dame Invitational December 1-3.
The Fighting Irish have won their previous two meets this season by a combined three points. Notre Dame defeated Michigan State 122.5-120.5 on Friday, Nov. 11 and downed Pittsburgh 122-121 one week earlier. Junior Ted Brown led the Irish over the Spartans with victories in the 1,000 and 500-yard freestyle events with respective times of 9:27.33 and 4:34.89. Brown has a total of five individual victories this season.
Also claiming wins for Notre Dame against Michigan State were senior co-captain Patrick Heffernan in the 200-yard butterfly (1:53.54) and junior Louis Cavadini (21.18) in the 50-yard freestyle. Freshman Michael Bulfin won the one-meter diving and sophomore Sam Stoner took home the three-meter event.
A total of 25 Notre Dame swimmers have notched BIG EAST “A” cuts this season. Brown leads the team with five conference “A” cuts, coming in the 100, 200 and 500-yard freestyle events along with the 100 and 200-yard butterfly. He has clocked the team’s top 100-free (46.42) and 200-free (1:40.70) times. Senior Doug Bauman has registered Notre Dame’s top time in the 100-yard back (51.97) and 200-back (1:51.84). Sophomore Jay Vanden Berg has top-team times in the 500-yard free (4:34.55) and the 1,000-free (9:22.47). Additionally, Vanden Berg has a team-high six individual victories on the season. Also owning multiple team-best times is senior co-captain Jamie Lutkus with marks in the 200-yard IM (1:52.99) and the 400-IM (4:02.55).
The St. Bonaventure series is the longest running series of dual meets on Notre Dame’s current schedule. The schools have faced each other every year except one since the 1966-67 season. The 1990-91 campaign was the exception. Notre Dame won last year’s meeting 150-87 in St. Bonaventure, N.Y. with the Fighting Irish establishing four Reilly Center Pool records. Setting records were Bauman in the 200-yard backstroke (1:51.02), Patrick Davis in the 500 freestyle (4:38.80), Vanden Berg in the 1,000 free (9:23.51) and the 400-medley relay team of Bauman, Tyler Grenda, Tim Kegelman, and Frank Krakowski, who posted a time of 3:26.52
The last time the Irish and Bonnies squared off in the Rolfs Aquatic Center, the Irish prevailed 159-75 on Jan. 31, 2004. The Bonnies’ last win in the series came during the 2002-03 season, a 125-118 decision in St. Bonaventure’s Reilly Center Pool. The longest winning streak for either school in the series occurred from the 1971-72 season to the 1982-83 season with Notre Dame winning 12 consecutive meets. Following that run, the Bonnies won four straight, their longest winning streak against the Fighting Irish. The smallest margin of victory was a five-point decision by the Bonnies in 1971 (59-54) and St. Bonaventure also came out victorious in a meet decided by just six points in 1997 (118.5-112.5).
Saturday’s swim meet is just one of many sporting events taking place on the Notre Dame campus this weekend. Both Fighting Irish soccer teams host NCAA matches on Friday, beginning with the men versus Western Illinois at 5:00 p.m. followed by the women against Yale at 7:30 p.m. The Notre Dame women’s basketball team opens the regular season versus Michigan on Friday at 9:00 p.m. The Fighting Irish football team concludes the home portion of their 2005 schedule against Syracuse on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and the men’s basketball team lifts the lid on their regular season against Lafayette on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
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