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Irish Swimming and Diving Start Strong at GAC Invite

Nov. 17, 2016

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Notre Dame swimming and diving program are off to a fast start after the first day of the Greensboro Aquatic Center Invitational. The Irish men are currently in second place in a field of seven teams with 493 total points while the women’s team is currently in fourth place overall (355 points) in an eight-team field. The Notre Dame men and women combined for 15 NCAA B-qualifying standards on the first day of competition.

The first day was highlighted when the quartet of Katie Smith, Catherine Mulquin, Abbie Dolan and Sofia Revilak broke the school record with their 1:30.83 performance. The previous record of 1:31.01 set by Miller, Fotsch, Behrens and Riggins in 2009 was the oldest standing relay record.

The second day of competition begins with preliminary heats at 9:30 am on Friday. Friday’s events includes 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, women’s 1-meter diving, men’s 3-meter diving and the 800 freestyle relay.

Swims of the Day

Women’s 200 Freestyle Relay, Men’s 200 IM and Men’s 50 Freestyle

In the women’s 200 freestyle relay, Smith led off the relay in 22.75. Mulquin, Dolan and Revilak combined with Smith to break the oldest school relay record.

In the men’s 200 individual medley, the Irish qualified four swimmers for the championship final, an impressive accomplishment given the elite field of competition. The quartet of Robert Whitacre, Matthew Grauslys, Nick Milikich and Kevin Bradley finished in fifth through eighth place for Notre Dame with times of 1:47.54, 1:47.88, 1:48.16 and 1:50.06, respectively.

In the men’s 50 free, junior Justin Plaschka earned the highest individual finish for the Irish on the evening with his fourth place showing in 19.91. Daniel Speers (20.00), Tabahn Afrik (20.20) and Reed Fujan (20.35) rounded out the Irish scoring contingent in the event finishing in sixth, 12th and 14th place, respectively.

Other Notable Swims

Women’s 50 Freestyle

Katie Smith was the top women individual finisher in the pool during the first day with her ninth-place performance in the 50 freestyle (22.65). Catherine Mulquin (23.17) Abbie Dolan (23.20), Sofia Revilak (23.47) and Kelly Jacob also scored points for the Irish in the event.

Men’s 200 Freestyle Relay

The men’s foursome of Plaschka, Speers, Afrik and Fujan combined for a 1:18.70 performance in the 200 freestyle relay, which earned the Irish second place overall, their highest relay finish of the first day.

Women’s 1-meter Diving

Erin Isola led the Irish off the boards with her fourth-place overall finish in the 1-meter springboard. Isola tallied 267.95 points. Annie Crea (14th place; 243.30 points), Christine Stitcher (16th place; 237.75) and Claire Andrews (21st place; 215.10) also competed for the Irish in the event

NCAA B Standards


50 Free

Katie Smith – 22.65

Catherin Mulquin – 22.94 (Preliminary Swim)

Abbie Dolan – 22.97 (Preliminary Swim)

100 Back

Catherine Mulquin – 53.59 (Lead-off Split)

Alice Treuth -54.06 (Lead-off Split)

200 IM

Kyra Sarazen – 2:01.58


50 Free

Justin Plaschka – 19.91

Daniel Speers – 20.00

500 Free

Richard Mannix – 4:22.33 (Preliminary Swim)

100 Back

Robert Whitacre – 47.81 (Lead-off Split)

200 IM

Robert Whitacre – 1:47.29 (Preliminary Swim)

Matthew Grauslys – 1:47.88

Nick Milikich – 1:48.16

Kevin Bradley – 1:48.45 (Preliminary Swim)

Aaron Schultz – 1:48.84

Other Swims

Women’s 200 Free Relay

The quartet of Smith, Mulquin, Dolan and Revilak touched the pad in 1:30.83, which earned the team a fifth-place finish overall. Jacob teamed with Lauren Heller, Erin Sheehan and Meaghan O’Donnell for a ninth-place finish in 1:33.33.

Women’s 500 Free

The Irish were led by freshman Reilly Lanigan, who took 11th overall in a season-best 4:48.45, which made her the fifth fastest performer in Notre Dame history in the event. Alice Treuth also swam a season-best time of 4:51.53, which earned her 14th place overall. Treuth is now the 10th fastest performer in the event in Notre Dame history. Molly Treble recorded a 19th place finish in 4:54.07.

Men’s 500 Free

Richard Mannix was the first Irish swimmer to the wall in 4:23.13, earning Mannix a fifth-place finish. Connor Brown finished in eigth place with his 4:26.32 showing. Benjamin Jany (4:25.47) and Joseph Petrone (4:31.19) rounded out the Irish scoring effort with final finishes of 17th and 20th place overall.

Women’s 200 IM

Kyra Sarazen finished in 12th place overall for Notre Dame in 2:01.58. Meaghan O’Donnell also scored points for Notre Dame in the event with her 20th place finish (2:03.08).

Men’s 1-meter Diving

Joseph Coumos totaled 262.45 points off the 1-meter springboard, finishing in 13th place overall. Peter Myers (226.00) and Cristian Herrera (219.40) also competed for Notre Dame and finished in 21st and 23rd place, respectively.

Women’s 400 Medley Relay

Mulquin, O’Donnell, Revilak and Dolan combined for a fifth-place finsh in 3:37.84. The B relay of Treuth, Margheret, Sheehan and Heller stopped the clock at 3:39.37. Mulquin (53.59) and Treuth (54.06) earned NCAA B-qualifying standards with their lead-off splits.

Men’s 400 Medley Relay

Whitacre led off the relay in an NCAA B-qualifying standard of 47.81. Jackson, Plaschka and Afrik joined Whiactre for a third-place overall finish in 3:11.43. The B relay of Jack Montesi, Rex Riley, Grauslys and R. Fujan finished in eighth (3:15.63).