Nov. 30, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving team completed the opening round of competition in second place Friday at the Hawkeye Invitational at the University of Iowa Aquatic Center.
The No. 19 Fighting Irish finished the first wave of events with 205.5 team points to claim runner-up honors behind the defending meet champion and national No. 1 University of Michigan.
Junior All-American Frank Dyer was the first in the water for the Notre Dame 200 free relay team that earned second-place points. Dyer later posted an NCAA B-cut time of 4:20.63 in a runner-up effort in the 500 free.
Sophomore Zachary Stephens earned the second Fighting Irish B-cut of the day with a 1:48.02 swim in the 200 IM to tie Michigan’s John Wojciechowski for third place. Junior Colin Babcock rounded out the top-five with a time of 1:48.16, also good enough for an NCAA B-cut.
Day two of the Hawkeye Invitational is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. (ET) Saturday with preliminary heats. Event finals are slated to begin at 7 p.m.
200 Free Relay: The Notre Dame entry of Dyer, Stephens, Kevin Overholt and Bill Bass clocked a time of 1:19.56 to earn runner-up honors. Bogac Ayhan, Christopher Johnson, John McGinley and Matt Buerger touched in at 1:23.28 for 10th place.
500 Free: Dyer’s time of 4:20.63 was nearly 10 seconds better than his previous season-best swim in the event set against Louisville (Nov. 10). Brennan Jacobsen was the second Notre Dame team member to earn points, logging a time of 4:32.29. Michael Hudspith clocked in at 4:35.94 to round out the scoring for the Fighting Irish.
200 IM: Stephens’ time of 1:48.02 was narrowly off his career-best in the 200 IM, set at last season’s BIG EAST Championships (1:47.71). Babcock’s fifth-place swim was his season-best time in the event. Bertie Nel touched the wall in 1:49.32 for 10th place, while Patrick Olson was right behind in the 11th position (1:49.78).
50 Free: Dyer narrowly missed an NCAA B-cut with his sixth-place finish in 20.21. Overholt also earned points for the Fighting Irish with a time of 21.06.
400 Medley Relay: The Notre Dame lineup of Nel, Miller, Dyer and McGinley logged a time of 3:18.99 to pace the Fighting Irish.