Ted Brown graduated in May with a 3.716 cumulative grade-point average.

Freestyle Dominance Leads Irish To 176-118 Win At Iowa

Nov. 6, 2004


IOWA CITY, Iowa – After losing by 55 points last season in the first-ever meeting with the Hawkeyes, the University of Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving team (3-1) turned in a 176-118 victory over Iowa (0-3) Friday in the UI Fieldhouse Pool. The Irish were outstanding in the freestyle events, outscoring the Hawkeyes 82-30, with sophomore Ted Brown (Kokomo, Ind./Western H.S.) leading the way with victories in both the 200- and 500-yard races. Notre Dame will return to action on Nov. 12 with a triangular meet against #17 Pittsburgh and Michigan State at 5 p.m. in the Rolfs Aquatic Center.

Brown won the 200 freestyle for the third meet in a row, ending in 1:42.30. He was followed by sophomore Brian Freeman (Sanger, Calif./Immanuel H.S.), who was the runner-up with a time of 1:43.61, while senior captain Matt Bertke (Edgewood, Ky./Covington Catholic H.S.) was fourth in 1:43.73.

Brown later led a 1-2-3 finish in the 500 free, an event he won in a time of 4:35.46. Junior Patrick Davis (Clearwater, Fla./Jesuit H.S.) was next in 4:36.63, while rookie Jay Vanden Berg (Holland, Mich./Southfield Christian School) completed the sweep with a 4:37.73 in third place that was more than seven seconds quicker than Iowa’s top finisher.

Vanden Berg came home victorious in the 1,000-yard freestyle, with a time of 9:27.84. Davis was next in 9:29.98, while sophomore Chris Zeches (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic H.S.) was fourth with a mark of 9:40.96.

The 100 free saw Notre Dame take the top four spots. Sophomore Louis Cavadini (South Bend, Ind./Riley H.S.) won with a time of 46.68, while senior Frank Krakowski (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Preparatory School) was second in 47.04. He was followed by sophomore Nick Fanslau (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn H.S.), who had a time of 47.29, and junior Tim Randolph’s (Crown Point, Ind./Merrillville H.S.) 47.90.

Cavadini was the runner-up in the 50, the only freestyle event that Iowa won. He had a time of 21.28, while Krakowski was third in 21.51.

In the 200 free relay, the quartet of Krakowski, Randolph, sophomore Tim Kegelman (Yorktown, Va./Tabb H.S.), and Cavadini finished first with a mark of 1:24.28. Kegelman was second in the 100 butterfly in 50.28, while Cavadini also came in right behind, with a time of 50.58.

The diving events also proved to be a points cache for the Irish, as Iowa failed to enter any divers in the meet. Sophomore Scott Coyle (Indianapolis, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern H.S.) and freshman Sam Stoner (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso H.S.) were the top Irish competitors. Coyle was first in the three-meter competition with a career-best score of 321.45 that topped Stoner’s 291.37. The rookie won the one-meter competition with a score of 307.65, while Coyle was second with a 300.00 total and freshman Steven Crowe came next with a mark of 296.32.

Kegelman won the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:52.42, while junior Patrick Heffernan (Norcross, Ga./Norcross H.S.) was right behind in 1:53.75.

Notre Dame’s other race victory came in the 200 individual medley, where freshman Andrew MacKay (Georgetown, Grand Cayman/Cayman Prep & H.S.), a 2004 Olympian in the event, took first with a time of 1:53.83. Junior Jamie Lutkus (Granger, Ind./Penn H.S.) was third in 1:56.31.

The Irish team of MacKay, Randolph, Kegelman, and Krakowski was second in the first race of the meet, the 200 medly, with a time of 1:32.04.

Junior Doug Bauman (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Preparatory School) led a strong Irish contingent in the 200 backstroke. He was second in 1:51.43, just .15 seconds away from winning, while junior Steve Shomberger (Spotsylvania, Va./Courtland H.S.) took third in 1:53.53 and Freeman was fourth in 1:53.63. Bauman was the top Irish finisher in the 100 back with a third-place time of 51.45.

Junior Tyler Grenda (Hockessin, Del./Salesianum H.S.) ended up second in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:06.05, while Randolph was the top finisher in the 100 breast, coming in fifth in 58.22.

The win was the first for Notre Dame in a dual meet against a Big Ten Conference opponent since a home victory against Illinois on Nov. 23, 1991. Iowa becomes the fifth Big Ten team to fall victim to Notre Dame, joining Illinois, Michigan State, Northwestern, and Purdue.