Nov. 3, 2016
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame Swimming program is headed east to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to face off with ACC rivals Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech at the recently renovated Trees Pool. The meet is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start on Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. Both days of action will be streamed live on the WatchESPN platform.
The Irish are coming off a very successful home meet last week where the Irish men’s team beat Purdue and the women defeated Miami, Purdue and Rutgers. Head Coach Mike Litzinger is looking forward to have his squad swimming successfully at the ACC aquatic center.
“The pool at Pitt is very fast, and has hosted many championship level meets. I am sure our team will take advantage of a fast tank, and great diving facilities to put up some great performances.”
The Fighting Irish continue to be ranked strongly in both major polls early in the season, with CollegeSwimming.com having the women at No. 10 and the men at No. 17. The TYR/CSCAA Poll has the men’s team at No. 24 and the women at No. 16. Coming into this weekend’s action the Virginia Tech. men are ranked No. 9 in the TYR/CSCAA and the women while not ranked received 15 points in the poll. Coach Litzinger is happy to see his team recognized in the national polls but knows it will be a competitive race against teams that match up well to his squad.
“Rankings are a nice tip of the cap for a job well done in the previous week. This week we will without question face our toughest teams. ACC competition is among the elite, and we need to be ready. The goal is to continue working on our race strategy, but this week our mental toughness will be tested. These teams match up with us very well, and handling the ebb and flow that will come this weekend will be key.”
With the team experiencing a renaissance under coach Litzinger and his staff he attributes his team’s great start to his swimmers.
“Success is twofold: We have a great staff, and they are totally invested in our program top to bottom. The real key and credit goes to our team. They have been coach-able, engaged, and ready to do what it takes. I am very proud of their attitude, and approach. We all know that Notre Dame Swimming & Diving can be a very special program, and they are beginning to show just that.”
The Irish will look to show their program can compete against top ACC rivals and continue to build on a historically strong start off the boards.
Fans can follow live results of the meet on both team Twitter accounts, @NDWSwimDive and @NDMensswimdive, with a complete recap posted to und.com at the conclusion of the meet.