Dec. 7, 2001


The University of Notre Dame men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams sit in first place after the second full day of the 2001 Notre Dame Invitational at the Rolfs Aquatic Center on Friday. The women have accumulated 1,690 points, while the men’s team has earned 1,467. The Oakland men’s team is currently second, while Connecticut currently trails the Irish women’s team.

The finals on Friday night began in fine fashion for both teams. The 200 medley relay team of Kelly Hecking, Laurie Musgrave, Lisa Garcia and Carrie Nixon posted a 1:45.58 victory for the women’s team, while the men’s group of Dean Wolf, Jason Fitzpatrick, David Horak and Frank Krakowski swam to victory in 1:32.47.

Marie Labosky won the 400 individual medley (4:21.16) for the women, and teammate Christina Jackson posted a victory in the 400 IM “B” final. Other winners for the women’s team on the day were Laurie Musgrave in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.76), Kelly Hecking in the 100 backstroke (56.38) and Heather Mattingly in three-meter diving (516.15 pts.).

Frank Krakowski ended up with a Notre Dame varsity record in the 100 butterfly, swimming to victory in 49.45. Senior co-captain Jonathan Pierce also was victorious, claiming a six-second victory in the 400 individual medley (4:03.80). Other winners in the meet for the Irish men were Jason Fitzpatrick in the 100 breaststroke (56.24) and David Horak in the 100 backstroke (50.97).

The Notre Dame Invitational will continue tomorrow, Dec. 8, with the preliminary races at 10:00 a.m., and the finals set for 6:30 p.m.