Oct. 10, 2017
By Leigh Torbin
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both beat a top 10 team in a dual meet for the first time in school history on Saturday, dropping ACC rival No. 7/9 Louisville. A pair of swimmers who combined to win five individual events also made program history on Tuesday.
Freshman Zachary Yeadon and sophomore Abbie Dolan were named the national swimmers of the week on Tuesday for their respective genders — both a first in Irish lore while also claiming matching ACC swimmer of the week accolades.
Dolan (Sunfish Lake, Minn.) won the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events, while also adding a leg to the champion 400 freestyle relay team, to help guide the Notre Dame women to a convincing, 181.5-118.5, victory. Dolan’s wins in the 100 and 200 freestyle came impressively over tight competition from Louisville’s Mallory Comerford, a gold medalist at the 2017 FINA World Championships.
Yeadon (San Antonio, Texas) broke a pair of Rolfs Aquatic Center records which were previously held by Olympians in his collegiate dual meet debut, winning the 500 and 1000 freestyle in the process.
By swimming a 9:02.47 in the 1000 freestyle, Yeadon topped a 9:02.50 swam by Connor Jaeger of Michigan in 2013. Jaeger represented the United States in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, winning silver in Rio in the 1500 meters. With a 4:21.66 in the 500 freestyle, Yeadon beat out the pool record of 4:21.98 which had been set by Denver’s Blake Worsley in 2009. Worsley represented his native Canada in the 2012 Olympics in London.
“Both Abbie and Zach were outstanding this weekend,” Notre Dame head coach Mike Litzinger said. “They both raced hard against defending ACC champions, using that to elevate their performances individually and inspire their teams.”
The ACC honors were both the first for 2013-14 for Notre Dame. Zach Stephens was named ACC men’s swimmer of the week on Dec. 10 while Emma Rainey claimed the award on Oct. 15, Nov. 5, Nov. 19, Dec. 10 and Jan. 14.
A five-meet homestand to open the 2017-18 season will continue on Friday for the Irish as Notre Dame plays host to Michigan State and No. 15/5 Texas A&M at 5 p.m. in the Rolfs Aquatic Center. The Aggies will stick around for a dual-meet against the Irish at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Leigh Torbin, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2013. A native of Framingham, Massachusetts, Torbin graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. He has previously worked full-time on the athletic communications staffs at Vanderbilt, Florida, Connecticut and UCF.