Rob Whitacre powered his way to a first-place finish in the 200 back for the Irish.

Irish Battle Hard Against Hokies, Panthers

Nov. 6, 2015


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By Lizzie Mikes

Friday evening, the University of Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving team dove into the waters at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center, racing against Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh in a tri-dual meet. Despite notable performances from several freshmen swimmers, the Irish trail the Hokies, 125-58.

“I was very impressed with Rob Whitacre in the 200 back,” head coach Matt Tallman says. “He works at every little detail consistently, and it is paying off. Kevin Bradley also raced well, despite being put in some time spots. Reed Fujan also performed well. These three guys have been leaders since day one of our season, and it’s no surprise that they’re performing well in meets.”

Whitacre’s time of 1:48.04 edged Virginia Tech’s Robert Owen for first place in the 200 back. He also led the B-team of the 200 medley relay to fifth (1:34.46), and swam with the 200 free relay B-team (fourth, 1:25.27) and anchored the 800 free relay (also the B-team, finishing sixth in 7:01.13).

Bradley anchored the 200 free relay A-team to second place (20.69 split, 1:22.63) in addition to finishing fourth in the 400 IM (4:01.55) and anchoring the A-team in the 800 free relay (1:42.56 split, 6:51.12) to third place.

Fujan finished sixth, behind teammates Matthew Grauslys (second) and Justin Plaschka (third) in the 100 fly with his time of 50.71. Grauslys clocked in at 48.97, while Plaschka touched in 49.17. He also swam in the 100 breast (58.41) and with the A-team of the 800 free relay with Bradley (1:40.41 split).

In diving, James Lichtenstein finished sixth as the sole diver for the Irish, earning a final tally of 284.65.

The meet continues tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. ET, and will be streamed live on

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Lizzie Mikes serves as Media Services Coordinator at the University of Notre Dame. A 2013 graduate of Johnson & Wales University, she oversees credential management and is the athletic communications director for Fighting Irish men’s and women’s swimming and diving. She has assisted with numerous NCAA postseason events hosted by Notre Dame, and is heavily involved in the day-to-day tasks of the athletic communications office.