Feb. 25, 2015
ATLANTA, Ga. – The University of Notre Dame men’s swim team spent Wednesday morning preparing for both a winter storm warning and the start of the ACC Championships that afternoon. In the 200 medley relay, the Irish finished seventh and in the 800 free relay they placed fourth. Both teams earned trips to the NCAA Championships next month, while 800 free lead-off swimmer Trent Jackson earned his own NCAA B-cut time.
“The 200 medley relay was a little off; but to be able to get the cut that we needed, and to follow with the 800 free relay’s performance made for a great first night,” Irish head coach Matt Tallman said. “We’re in real good shape, we swam a lot of great lengths out of the eight swims we saw tonight, so we are anxious to see what we have left for the weekend.”
In the 200 medley relay, the Irish won their heat, taking seventh in the final standings. Bogac Ayhan, Cameron Miller, Justin Plaschka and Zachary Stephens raced to the wall in 1:26.35, earning an NCAA B-cut in the process. Stephens’ split of 19.42 in the 50 free would have broken the school record mark of 19.57 – if it had been the lead-off leg of the relay team (only first swimmer’s split-times count towards other events in NCAA cut times) instead of the last.
In the 800 free relay, the Irish lineup of Jacksonfreshman Benjamin Jany, Reed Fujan and TomAnderson finished fourth in the second heat and automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships with their 6:21.51 time. Jackson’s split time of 1:35.04 also stands as a B-cut qualifier. The Irish finished in fourth overall and set the school record in the race.
The Irish earned 88 points heading into this week’s swimming championships from their four-man diving rotation – Joseph Coumos, James Lichtenstein, Michael Kreft and Nick Nemetz – competing last week. With the points combined, Notre Dame stands in third place after the first day of swimming with 144 points. They are behind Virginia Tech (first, 172 points) and North Carolina (second, 170 points).
Preliminary swims for the 500 free, 200 IM and the 50 free kick off Thursday morning at 10 a.m. barring complications from the weather. Live Statsare available online, and the team Twitter account will post event-by-event finishes as well.
2015 ACC Men’s Swimming Championship – Day One Scores
Virginia Tech – 172 points
North Carolina – 170 points
Notre Dame – 144 points
Virginia – 140 points
North Carolina State – 128 points
Florida State – 124 points
Louisville – 112 points
Georgia Tech – 102 points (tied)
Duke – 102 points (tied)
Pittsburgh – 83 points
Boston College – 65 points
Miami – 60 points
Notre Dame Program Records
Notre Dame NCAA `A’ Time Standards
Notre Dame NCAA `B’ Time Standards
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