Oct. 21, 2010
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – A pair of meets lie ahead for the Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving team this week, as the Irish will compete in their home pool against Pittsburgh on Friday (Oct. 22) while traveling to Rochester, Mich., Saturday (Oct. 23) for a double-dual contest with Oakland and Michigan. Live results will be available for each meet on UND.com.
The Irish are 7-7 all-time against Pittsburgh (6-3 under head coach Tim Welsh) and hold a 12-6 advantage in the series with Oakland (8-3 under Welsh). This will be the first ever dual meet against Michigan.
“We’re eager to race again, and we’ll get to do so both at home and on the road this weekend,” Welsh said. “Pittsburgh has a couple meets under its belt, but we’ll be ready for them. Our men have to race extremely fast to wake up Sunday morning with their heads held high. We want to be faster than we were when opening the season at the Dennis Stark Relays, and find a lineup we can stick with for the rest of the year. We’re looking forward to a very competitive weekend.”
Last season, the Irish finished first in 11 events against Oakland to hand the visiting Grizzlies a 179-119 defeat, and won 10 of 12 individual swimming events – each by different swimmers – while downing Pittsburgh, 179-121. It was the sixth straight win over the Panthers.
Notre Dame started the 2010-11 swimming and diving season in the same fashion it has done so for many others – by winning the Dennis Stark Relays. After suffering a setback to Michigan in the 2009 edition of the event, the Irish bounced back to accumulate 256 points while defeating Oakland (190) and Valparaiso (120). Welsh and company won nine of 12 events, with Oakland taking first in three races.