Yeadon posts nation’s top time in men’s 1650 Free, breaking school record and earning NCAA A Cut.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Notre Dame notched major records Saturday to boost the already-successful showing to a second-place finish for the men and third-place finish for the women. The day was highlighted by new school records from Zach Yeadon in distance free, during which he also earned the team’s first NCAA A-Cut of the season.
The Irish started off the morning in solid fashion with preliminary races, qualifying for 16 slots in final races this evening. Abbie Dolan claimed the top seed in the women’s 100 Free with a 56.46.
In the platform diving competition, the Irish women posted strong finishes, with Kelly Straub placing third (227.35) and Erin Isola placing fourth (226.60). Annie Wiese also placed in the top 10, finishing eighth (200.50).
The evening races began with the 1650 Free. On the women’s side, Lindsay Stone earned an NCAA B Cut, placing third with a 16:24.73.
Zach Yeadon took his main event by storm, besting the school record (14:34.60 – his own) with a 14:32.48. Winning the event, he also claimed the first NCAA A-Cut qualifying time for Notre Dame this season, clinching his spot at the NCAA Championships.
“Zach’s efforts tonight and throughout the weekend were tremendous,” Irish head coach Mike Litzinger expressed. “He is maturing into an elite athlete, one that will certainly be reckoned with on the ACC, NCAA and International level.”
Jack Hoagland (second – 14:54.93), Sadler McKeen (fourth – 15:16.92) and Will Barao (sixth – 15:24.76) also posted NCAA B-Cut times in the 1650 Free.
Bayley Stewart placed fifth in the women’s 200 Back (1:55.93), earning an NCAA B Cut, while the Notre Dame men comprised half of the top 10 in the 200 Fly. Zach Smith (1:45.57, second) and Max Miranda (1:46.43, fourth) earned B Cuts, while Aaron Schultz (1:47.47, sixth), Marci Barta (1:47.90, eighth) and Brendan Santana (1:50.21, 10th) rounded out the top 10.
To finish out the night, Notre Dame posted a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 400 Free Relay. The women’s team of Dolan, Gillilan, Carly Quast and Rachel Wittmer clocked in at 3:17.91, and the men’s team of Yeadon, Cason Wilburn, Schultz and McKeen touched the wall in 2:55.20.
“Tonight, [Yeadon’s] 1650 was awesome, but what I enjoyed just as much was the effort he put in on our relay for the team,” Litzinger noted.
The No. 13 Notre Dame men finished with a total score of 2346 on the weekend, topped only by host Ohio State (2436.5) and beating Yale, No. 19 Virginia Tech and No. 21 Kentucky. The No. 17 women tallied a score of 1790.5, behind Ohio State (2518.5) and Kentucky (2346.5) and topping No. 25 UCLA, Virginia Tech, Yale, Buffalo and Ohio.
“I’m really looking for the women to have a defining moment this season,” Litzinger shared. “Their potential is great, but we have yet to find that moment. I feel we moved closer this weekend, and we will work together on both ends of the pool to turn our individual success into team success.”
“We had a great Fall in the training game pool, and when we sharpen our skills during the next phase – championship prep – we have great potential.”
Finished with competition for the fall, the Irish will begin their winter training program and will race next on Jan. 11 (women) against Iowa and Illinois and Jan. 17 (men and women) at home against Northwestern.