December 3, 1998
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving team and the Michigan women’s team lead their divisions after the first of three days at the Notre Dame Invitational at the Rolfs Aquatic Center. The Irish lead with 391 points with Western Kentucky second with 327 and Florida State third with 289. Ball State (252), Michigan State (226), West Virginia (170) and Ohio University (149) round out the mens final. Michigan leads the women’s competition with 360 points with Florida State second with 274 and Colorado State third with 269. Notre Dame (244), Ohio University (197), West Virginia (195), Michigan State (192), Western Kentucky (148) and Northern Michigan (115) round out the women’s field.
Second-place Western Kentucky swept both men’s relays in pool record times. The Hilltoppers won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:22.85 and the 400-yard medley relay in 3:20.69. Florida State took second in the 200-yard freestyle relay with Notre Dame second in the 400-yard medley relay.
Notre Dame built its lead by winning four of the top six places in the 200-yard individual medley, led by senior Scott Zumbachs winning time of 1:51.67. The Irish also took three of the top five spots and four of the top nine in 500-yard freestyle, won by Michigan States John Munley in 4:23.77. Florida State’s Julio Santos won the 50-yard freestyle in 20.81.
Michigan opened the women’s meet by winning the 200-yard freestyle relay in pool record time of 1:32.61 and followed that up with two more pool-record performances. Shannon Shakespeare won the 200-yard individual medley in 1:59.73, and Jenny Crisman won 50-yard freestyle in 23.08.
Ohio University’s Kim Van Selm swam 4:53.10 to claim the 500-yard freestyle race. Notre Dame capped off the night by winning the 400-yard medley relay in 3:49.94, with Colorado State second in 3:50.37.
The meet continues on Friday morning at the Rolfs Aquatic Center at 10:00 a.m. with preliminary competitions in the 200-yard medley relay, mens one-meter diving, 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, womens three-meter diving and 800 freestyle relay. Finals in all events with begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening.