NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The Irish are coming off a stellar 2018-19 campaign and all eyes are on the future as the team returns the majority of their team for the 2019-20 year. Notre Dame will host four home meets including the annual Shamrock Invitational (January 24-25, 2020) and a tri-meet against Michigan State and Ball State to conclude the dual meet season (February 1). The team will also host Atlantic Coast Conference rival Florida State (October 4, 2019) in the home opener before Northwestern on January 17.
“Once again we have a competitive schedule that reflects Notre Dame tradition, which means elite competition,” head coach Mike Litzinger said. “Our scheduling mix of ACC and Big Ten teams will help prepare us for championship level swimming and diving.”
The swim and dive team kicks off their road season with a trip to Lexington, Kentucky to face Indiana and Kentucky on October 9. The squad will also make trips to Purdue (October 25), Louisville (November 1), Pitt (November 8-9) and Columbus, Ohio for the annual Ohio State Fall Invitational to be held November 21-23 to conclude the fall season.
Included in the trip to Pittsburgh, the Irish divers will square off against Virginia Tech foes in the diving well as part of the dual meet scoring on November 8-9. The group will also take part in the USA Diving Winter National before the Christmas break, December 18-21.
Notre Dame’s winter slate includes a trip to Iowa City, Iowa to face Iowa and Illinois in a tri-meet January 11 before three straight weeks at home to wrap January competition. The final road trip will kick off championship season with a drive to Ohio for the Ohio State Winter Invitational.
Last season the women posted an undefeated record of 10-0-1 while the men held a 4-4 record. A record 15 women competed at the NCAA Championships in 2018-19, including a record eight swimmers receiving individual invites along with three divers advancing from the NCAA Diving Zones. Four men represented the Irish in 2018-19 at the NCAA Championships with all four returning for the 2019-20 season.