Sophomore Zachary Stephens nearly bested his own pool record with a time of 1:59.65 to win the 200 breaststroke Saturday

Irish Earn Dual Split On Final Day Of Shamrock Invitational

Jan. 26, 2013

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving team recorded its first dual meet blemish of the season, splitting Saturday’s final day at the Shamrock Invitational in front of 480 people at the Rolfs Aquatic Center. The Irish (7-1) bested the Towson Tigers (3-8) 279-69 but fell to the Harvard Crimson (6-0) 264-100. Harvard outscored Towson 314-52 to complete the meet sweep.

The second day of competition was highlighted by the performances of sophomores Zachary Stephens and Kevin Hughes. Stephens, in a dramatic surge on the final lap, claimed the victory in the 200 breaststroke with an NCAA B-Cut time of 1:59.65, just shy of his own pool record that was set earlier in the season. Hughes led the way for the Irish in the 500 freestyle (4:31.85) as Notre Dame showed impressive mid-distance depth by claiming three of the top four positions in the event.

Sophomore diver Ted Wagner claimed second place in the 3-meter dive with a final score of 339.70 points. Sophomores Nick Nemetz (331.80) and Michael Kreft (330.20) earned third and fourth place, respectively.

The Irish return to action Feb. 1-2 at the Northwestern Invitational inside the Norris Aquatic Center in Evanston, Ill. The meet will be the final regular season contest for Notre Dame prior to the BIG EAST Championships.


200 Free Relay: The Crimson “A” squad (1:20.11) of Griffin Schumacher, Will Brophy, Oliver Lee, and Chris Satterthwaite held off Irish advances to secure the win in the first event of the day ââ’¬¦ the Notre Dame squad of Frank Dyer, Bill Bass, Stephens, and John McGinley (1:21.71) touched the pads in second place.

1,650 Free: Harvard’s Mike Gaudiani (15:34.64) took the top spot in the longest swimming event of the meet, followed by Notre Dame’s John Nappi (15:49.81), who tapped the pad second to earn the silver.

100 Back: The Crimson showed dominance as Tyler Rocca (50.78), Jacob Luna (50.90), and Jack Pretto (50.95) swept the top three spots ââ’¬¦ Bogac Ayhan (51.10) was the highest Notre Dame finisher in fourth place.

200 Breast: Stephens (1:59.65) used a tremendous final lap to defend the event in which he holds the pool record, overcoming the Crimson’s Chuck Katis (1:59.96) down the final stretch ââ’¬¦ Stephens’ time also qualified as an NCAA B-cut ââ’¬¦ Cameron Miller (2:01.84) completed the medal podium to give the Irish a strong presence in the event.

100 Free: Harvard’s Lee (44:50) and Satterthwaite (44.78) completed the one-two punch for the Crimson ââ’¬¦ Dyer (45.01) garnered the bronze for his efforts ââ’¬¦ Harvard recorded seven of the eight top times in the event.

200 Fly: The Crimson’s Christian Carbone (1:48.29), Luna (1:48.68), and Leo Lim (1:49.16) dominated the distance fly event to shut the Irish out of the top three ââ’¬¦ John Williamson (1:51.80) and Colin Babcock (1:52.09) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, as Notre Dame’s highest placed finishers.

500 Free: Notre Dame had a chance to flex some of its muscle in the mid-distance event, headlined by Hughes (4:31.85) and Matthew DeBlasio (4:33.16) who took the top two spots ââ’¬¦ Dyer (4:33.70) finished fourth to round out a very complete showing by the Irish.

200 Medley Relay: The Crimson quartet of Pretto, Katis, Lee, and Schumacher (1:29.89) out-dueled the Notre Dame squad of Ayhan, Christopher Johnson, Dyer, and Bass (1:30.86) to pick up yet another relay victory.

3-Meter Dive: Harvard’s Mike Mosca (393.05) took home the gold ââ’¬¦ Wagner (339.70) and Nemetz (331.80) took second and third, respectively, for the Irish ââ’¬¦ Kreft (330.20) finished fourth.

200 IM: Harvard’s Katis (1:50.18) posted the winning time in the penultimate event of the meet, and teammate Yeager (1:51.04) claimed the second position ââ’¬¦ Stephens (1:51.13) grabbed third place to become the highest finishing Irish swimmer.

800 Free Relay: The Crimson squad of Satterthwaite, Katis, Schumacher, and Walters (6:40.00) closed out the meet with a victory in the distance relay ââ’¬¦ the Notre Dame team of Hughes, Bass, McGinley, and Nappi (6:50.84) posted a third place finish.

Christopher Johnson – 100 Breast
Zachary Stephens – 200 Breast

Pool Records
Christopher Johnson – 100 Breast
Christian Carbone (Harvard) – 400 IM

Irish Wins
Christopher Johnson – 100 Breast
Zachary Stephens – 200 Breast
Kevin Hughes – 500 Free