Nov. 19, 2016
By Sinhue Mendoza
GREENSBORO, N.C. — The top 25 ranked Fighting Irish swimming and diving program turned in a strong performance in the third and last day of competition at the Greensboro Aquatic Center Invitational on Saturday. Notre Dame men placed second overall in strong field of seven teams with 1,593 total points, while the women’s team came in fourth place overall with 1,213.5 points in an eight-team field.
Head coach Mike Litzinger was quite pleased with his team’s performance at a high-level championship style competition.
“Our goal was to come into the weekend and compete at a high level against some of the best in the ACC,” Litzinger said. “Our men’s second place finish and our women gaining great respect with a fourth was fantastic.”
The Notre Dame women broke another school record just days after breaking the school’s 200 freestyle mark on the first day of competition. The quartet of Abbie Dolan, Catherine Mulquin, Katie Smith and Sofia Revillak broth the program record for the 400 freestyle relay, clocking in at 3:18.78.
Swims of the Day
Men’s 400 Freestyle Relay
On the men’s side, the 400 freestyle relay squad of sophomores Tabahn Afrik and Daniel Speers, senior Reed Fujan, and junior Justin Plaschka earned a strong second, tapping in at 2:54.24, recording one of the top times in the country.
Men’s 200 Butterfly
Another highlight for the men was sophomore Matt Grauslys’ first-place finish in the 200 butterfly, clocking in at 1:44.29. Not far behind was senior Kevin Bradley in third at 1:48.02.
Men’s 100 Freestyle
Helping the men conclude a well-earned second place in the invitational was Tabahn Afrik, who placed second in the 100 freestyle, tapping in at 43.04.
Other Notable Swims
Women’s 200 Breaststroke
Notre Dame placed third and fourth in the event with sophomore Meaghan O’Donnell clocking in at 2:14.22 and junior Sherrie McIntee tapping in seconds behind at 2:14.69.
Men’s 200 Breaststroke
Senior Trent Jackson swam a 1:58.22 and placed fourth in the competition.
Women’s 200 Backstroke
Sophomore Alice Treuth’s performance was good for a fifth-place finish, timing at 1:55.74.
Men’s 200 Backstroke
Junior Robby Whitacre’s backstroke tapped in at 1:43.26, good for fifth in the pool
Litzinger’s staff and squad has quite a bit to look forward to as they head into the holiday break.
“I feel we have set ourselves up for a great second half of the season we have excellent momentum and will work hard over the holidays to prepare for the ACC and NCAA Championships,” Litzinger said.
The Irish will take a break from swimming competition until the new year when they host Big Ten foes Illinois and Iowa at the Rolfs Aquatic Center for a two-day tilt January 12-13.