Feb. 5, 2004
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – This weekend, the University of Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving team (6-7) will try to secure its seventh winning season in the last nine years and 28th since the program gained varsity status in 1958-59. The Irish will finish their dual-meet schedule by welcoming to the Rolfs Aquatic Center Cleveland State (9-2) at 7 p.m. (EST) on Friday and Oakland (5-3) at 1 p.m. on Saturday in a meet also featuring the schools’ women’s teams. These will be the last tuneups for Notre Dame prior to the Feb. 19-21 BIG EAST Championships in Uniondale, N.Y.
LAST TIME IN THE POOL: Notre Dame won the first 10 events en route to a 159-75 victory over St. Bonaventure Saturday afternoon in the Rolfs Aquatic Center. The Irish won 11 of 13 events and took each of the top three positions in six races. The win was the 250th at Notre Dame (in combined men’s and women’s competition) for head coach Tim Welsh.
Sophomore Jamie Lutkus (Granger, Ind./Penn H.S.) and freshman Ted Brown (Kokomo, Ind./Western H.S.) won two events apiece to lead the Irish. Notre Dame’s quick start, which featured the Irish taking each of the top three spots in the opening five events, was keyed by Brown, who finished first in back-to-back races. He beat the field by nearly 13 seconds in winning the 1,000-yard freestyle (9:30.95) before jumping right back in the pool for a first-place result in the 200 freestyle in 1:44.09, his 18th dual-meet victory of the season. Lutkus led the most dominating performance of the day, heading a 1-2-3-4 finish in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:54.51 that was nearly four seconds ahead of second place and almost 10 seconds better than the top St. Bonaventure swimmer. Lutkus’ other victory came in his first time swimming the 500 freestyle in collegiate competition.
Notre Dame started the meet strong, taking each of the top three spots in the 400 medley relay. Sophomores Doug Bauman (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Preparatory School) and Tim Randolph (Crown Point, Ind./Merrillville H.S.) and junior Frank Krakowski (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Preparatory School) and senior co-captain Matt Obringer (Jacksonville, Fla./The Bolles School) finished first in 3:25.79. Freshman Tim Kegelman (Yorktown, Va./Tabb H.S.) posted his 14th dual-meet victory of the season by winning the 50 freestyle in 21.40. Freshman Scott Coyle (Indianapolis, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern H.S.), Notre Dame’s lone diver, posted his best six-dive point total of the season with a score of 298.13 off the one-meter board to take first place. It was his second victory in as many weeks in that event after having not finished first at all prior to the Jan. 24 meet at #15 Northwestern. Senior J.R. Teddy (Spring, Texas/Klein H.S.) delivered his first victory of the season by winning the 200 butterfly with a season-best 1:55.13. Senior Brian Coughlan (Moraga, Calif./Campolindo H.S.) posted a career-best time (in exhibition action) of 1:54.11 to earn an “A” mark and become the 25th Irish competitor to gain an invitation to the BIG EAST Championships. Randolph took first place in the 100 freestyle with a time of 47.31. Freshman Chris Zeches (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic H.S.) had his first collegiate race victory, finishing in 1:57.43 in the 200 backstroke. The Irish ended the meet with a victory in the 400 free relay from Coughlan, Teddy and sophomores Patrick Heffernan (Norcross, Ga./Norcross H.S.) and Steve Shomberger (Spotsylvania, Va./Courtland H.S.).
IRISH vs. VIKINGS: Cleveland State comes to Notre Dame with a 9-2 record, having lost only to St. Bonaventure (138-105 on Nov. 8) and Ohio State (137-96 on Nov. 27). The Vikings also finished third behind Ball State and the Bonnies in the Dec. 4-6 Zips Invitational in Akron, Ohio. Since then, Cleveland State is 4-0. SBU is the lone common opponent for the Irish and Vikings, as Notre Dame defeated the Bonnies 159-75 at home last weekend.
Cleveland State was 11-3 last season prior to finishing third in the Horizon League Championships. Head coach Wally Morton is in his 22nd year leading the Vikings program, having compiled a 186-116-1 (.616) record.
The Irish and Vikings will meet for the 28th consecutive season and 30th time overall, with Notre Dame holding a 19-10 advantage in the series. The Irish have won each of the last eight meetings and 16 of the last 17. The lone Cleveland State triumph in that stretch was a 138-105 win in Cleveland in 1994-95. The teams first met on Jan. 17, 1969, when Notre Dame took a 72-31 decision in the Rockne Memorial Pool. After the Irish were victorious again the following season, the teams did not meet again until 1976-77, when the current streak started. The Vikings won seven in a row and nine of 10 prior to Notre Dame’s recent streak of dominance. CSU is the fourth-most-common dual-meet opponent in Irish varsity swimming and diving history, behind only Western Ontario (40 meets vs. ND), St. Bonaventure (36), and Bowling Green (32). The Irish are 10-3 at home against Cleveland State, including wins in each of the last eight Vikings visits. The last CSU win (71.5-41.5) at Notre Dame came in the first-ever dual meet in the Rolfs Aquatic Center, on Dec. 8, 1985. Since then the Irish have won each home meet by a margin of 22 points or more.
On Jan. 31, 2003, Notre Dame evened its record at 6-6 by topping Cleveland State 156-85 on the road. Seven different Notre Dame athletes helped the Irish to 10 event victories. Led by Andy Maggio (298.95 in 1m, 301.80 in 3m), the Irish swept the first three spots off both diving boards. Tim Randolph (Crown Point, Ind./Merrillville H.S.),Doug Bauman (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Preparatory School) and Matt Obringer (Jacksonville, Fla./The Bolles School) were also two-time winners. The three swimmers combined with Frank Krakowski (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Preparatory School) to win the 400 medley relay in 3:28.47 to begin the meet. Bauman then added a victory in the 200 back (1:51.58), while Randolph picked up a win in the 100 freestyle (47.61) and Obringer touched first in the 200 freestyle (1:43.23). Other winners for Notre Dame included Patrick Davis (Clearwater, Fla./Jesuit H.S.) with a 16:10.74 in the 1650 freestyle, David Moisan (Fisherville, Ky./Louisville Male H.S.) with a 1:55.59 in the 200 IM, J.R. Teddy (Spring, Texas/Klein H.S.) with a 1:53.37 in the 200 butterfly, and Jason Fitzpatrick with a 2:10.65 in the 200 breaststroke.
IRISH vs. GOLDEN GRIZZLIES: Oakland comes to Notre Dame with a 5-3 record, having lost to West Virginia, Eastern Michigan, and Michigan State. In December, the Golden Grizzlies took home their fifth consecutive Mid-Continent Conference title. MSU and St. Bonaventure are the two common dual-meet opponents for the Irish and Oakland. Notre Dame lost 125.5-113.5 at Michigan State on Nov. 7 and beat SBU 159-75 at home last weekend. The Grizzlies beat St. Bonaventure at home last Friday before falling 145-97 at MSU on Saturday.
Oakland appears eight times in the College Quick 50. Hunor Ma’te’ has the fastest time in the nation for a freshman — and eighth-quickest overall — in the 100 breaststroke, 54.55. He is 25th in the 200 breast at 2:01.00. Junior Chris Sullivan appears in three categories: the 50 free (28th, 20.35), 100 free (43rd, 44.87), and 100 fly (49th, 49.25). Three Golden Grizzlies relays are also mentioned: the 200 medley (41st, 1:32.61), the 400 medley (47th, 3:23.84), and the 400 free (45th, 3:04.43).
In 2002-03, Oakland posted a 9-5 dual-meet record, won its fourth straight Mid-Con title, and finished 27th in the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, based greatly on four top-20 finishes in relay events. The Grizzlies return 13 of 21 letterwinners from that squad, including three of their five NCAA qualifiers. Sullivan finished 15th in the 100 free, 18th in the 50 free, and 30th in the 100 fly in last year’s NCAAs, while senior Sean Broadbent was 54th in the 100 free. Both of them, plus sophomore Eric Lynn, were major parts of the Oakland relays that finished 15th in the 200 medley, 16th in the 400 medley, 16th in the 200 free, and 19th in the 400 free. Head coach Pete Hovland is in his 22nd year at the helm of the Oakland program, with a 159-68-1 (.700) dual-meet record.
The Irish and Golden Grizzlies will meet for the fifth consecutive season and 11th time overall. The teams have split the previous 10 meetings and the home team has won all four meets since the series renewed in 1999-2000. The initial meeting of the series was a 60-53 Irish victory on Feb. 4, 1972 in Rochester, Mich. After six dual meets in as many years, the teams then did not meet at all between 1976-77 and 1999-2000. Notre Dame is 4-1 at home against Oakland, with the lone Golden Grizzlies triumph a 69-44 contest in 1976-77.
On Feb. 8, 2003, Oakland came back for a 151-149 victory against the Irish in Rochester. After a 1-2-3 finish in three-meter diving, Notre Dame held a 142-120 advantage with just two events remaining. The Grizzlies took each of the top three spots in the 400 IM to close the margin to 145-136 with only the 400 free relay to go. In order to secure victory, the Irish needed to either win that race or take second and third. But Oakland’s team of Broadbent, Mike Parrish, Chris Lutz, and Sullivan rallied on the final leg to finish .82 seconds ahead of the top Irish team, and the Grizzlies’ “B” team took third place, 1.19 seconds in front of Notre Dame’s second quartet. The Irish captured the top three spots off both diving boards, led by Joe Miller in the one-meter competition and Andy Maggio off the three-meter board. Notre Dame also got victories from Patrick Davis (Clearwater, Fla./Jesuit H.S.) in the 1,000 meters (9:37.59), Doug Bauman (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Preparatory School) in the 100 backstroke (50.75), Jason Fitzpatrick in the 100 breaststroke (57.63), and Frank Krakowski (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Preparatory School) in the 100 butterfly. Bauman, Fitzpatrick, Krakowski, and Tim Randolph (Crown Point, Ind./Merrillville H.S.) opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay in 1:32.86.
WELSH HITS 250: Notre Dame’s triumph over St. Bonaventure on Saturday was the 250th at Notre Dame for head coach Tim Welsh. In his 19 years leading the Irish, he holds a 250-140 (.641) record coaching both men’s and women’s swimming and diving. He led the Notre Dame women’s program from 1985-95, compiling a 93-50 (.642) record, and Welsh remains the winningest coach in Irish women’s swimming and diving history. Welsh has a 158-90 (.637) mark leading the Notre Dame men. He is nine victories shy of becoming the all-time winningest Irish men’s swimming and diving coach. The program’s first and only other mentor was Dennis Stark, who had a 167-137 (.549) record from 1958-85.
WINNING WAYS: A pair of wins this weekend would give Notre Dame an 8-7 dual-meet record this season. It would be the seventh winning season — and eighth non-losing season — in the last nine Irish campaigns. It would also be the 28th winning season in 46 years of varsity competition.
TAKING ON THE NCAA-TESTED: Oakland will be the seventh team on Notre Dame’s dual-meet schedule to have qualified student-athletes to the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships a season ago. The Golden Grizzlies had five qualifiers, while BYU had four, North Carolina qualified three, Northwestern had two, and Michigan State, Iowa, and Pittsburgh each sent one competitor to the NCAAs.
PUTTING IN POOL TIME: Notre Dame’s 15 dual meets this season are the most participated in by an Irish team since the 1993-94 squad was 7-9 in 16 dual meets. Only five times in the 45 years of Irish varsity swimming and diving has a team swum in more than 15 dual meets, with all of those campaigns coming between 1987-88 and ’93-94.
IRISH AMONG THE BIG EAST LEADERS: With one weekend left in the regular season, Notre Dame has seen 25 of its 29 student-athletes qualify for the BIG EAST Championships. In order to gain entrance to the conference meet, one must achieve an “A” qualifying time in at least one event. Once in the field, a student-athlete may participate in up to two additional events in which he has achieved a “B” qualifying time.
On this season’s BIG EAST top times list, updated Jan. 27, Notre Dame has at least one participant in the top 10 in every swimming event and features multiple student-athletes among the top eight in seven categories. Junior David Moisan (Fisherville, Ky./Louisville Male H.S.) and sophomore Doug Bauman (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Preparatory School) are the highest-ranking Irish athletes, coming in second among league competitors in the 400 individual medley and 200 backstroke, respectively. Bauman’s 1:48.98 in the Notre Dame Invitational set a school record, while Moisan’s time of 3:57.62 set both meet and Rolfs Aquatic Center records. Bauman also heads a quartet posting the third-best times in the BIG EAST this season. He holds that spot with a 50.33 in the 100 backstroke, joining sophomore Tyler Grenda (Hockessin, Del./Salesianum H.S.) in the 200 breaststroke (2:03.83), classmate Jamie Lutkus (Granger, Ind./Penn H.S.) in the 200 IM (1:52.23), and freshman Chris Zeches (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic H.S.) in the 1,650 freestyle (15:48.77).
Notre Dame’s depth is most apparent in the two individual medleys, the 200 backstroke, and the 1650 free, as the Irish have at least three of the top eight swimmers in the conference in each competition. In the 200 IM, four of the league’s top seven are Notre Dame student-athletes; Lutkus (3rd, 1:52.23) is followed by senior co-captain Josh Dermott (El Dorado Hills, Calif./Rio Americano H.S.) at fifth (1:52.48), Moisan in sixth (1:52.49), and freshman Alan Carter (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park H.S.) in seventh (1:52.52). The Irish also have six of the top 12 in that event.
Freshman Ted Brown (Kokomo, Ind./Western H.S.) has been the most versatile Irish swimmer in hitting BIG EAST qualifying marks. He has five “A” times and a “B” mark, meaning he is eligible to choose from six races (200 free, 500 free, 1650 free, 200 fly, 200 IM, and 400 IM) in determining his three events in the BIG EAST Championships. Carter (50 free, 100 free, 100 back, 200 back, and 200 IM), Moisan (200 free, 500 free, 200 back, 200 IM, and 400 IM), and freshman Tim Kegelman (Yorktown, Va./Tabb H.S.) (50 free, 100 breast, 100 fly, 200 fly, 200 IM) all have qualified for five events.
RECORDS MADE TO BE BROKEN: The 2003 Notre Dame Invitational saw Irish swimmers set two University records and a meet and pool record. On Friday, Dec. 5, the quartet of senior co-captain Matt Obringer (Jacksonville, Fla./The Bolles School), junior Matt Bertke (Edgewood, Ky./Covington Catholic H.S.), and freshmen Brian Freeman (Sanger, Calif./Immanuel H.S.) and Ted Brown (Kokomo, Ind./Western H.S.) outdistanced the field by five seconds in winning the 800-yard freestyle relay in 6:45.44. The time was .19 seconds quicker than the previous Irish record, which had stood for 12 and a half years (since March 8, 1991), longer than any other mark still on the books heading into this fall.
The following morning, sophomore Doug Bauman (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Preparatory School) posted the top qualifying time in the 200-yard backstroke, finishing in 1:48.98 and breaking the previous Notre Dame record of 1:49.30, set by David Horak at the 2002 BIG EAST meet. In the evening session, Bauman went 1:49.49, posting the third-best time in school history. He now holds five of the best 10 Irish times ever in the event and his record ranks 47th in the nation this season. Bauman also is tops on the team in the 100 backstroke, with his time of 50.33 ranking third among all BIG EAST swimmers. He has five of the top eight Irish times ever in that event, including second-, third-, and fourth-best marks, having twice come within 0.1 seconds of Horak’s school record of 50.23.
Junior David Moisan (Fisherville, Ky./Louisville Male H.S.) won the 400 IM in 3:57.62, setting meet and pool records. He is the only current Irish competitor and just the third overall to hold a pool or Notre Dame Invitational record. That time is best on the Irish this season and second in the conference and 34th in the nation, while ranking as the fifth-best time ever by an Irish swimmer.
IRISH IN THE COLLEGE QUICK 50: Notre Dame is represented six times in the College Quick 50, the list of the top times in the nation this season in each event. Four Irish relay teams are listed among the nation’s top 40. The 200 free relay team of sophomore Tim Randolph (Crown Point, Ind./Merrillville H.S.), junior Frank Krakowski (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Preparatory School), and freshmen Tim Kegelman (Yorktown, Va./Tabb H.S.) and Louis Cavadini (South Bend, Ind./Riley H.S.) ranks 23rd in Division I with a time of 1:22.41. The 800 free relay squad of senior co-captain Matt Obringer (Jacksonville, Fla./The Bolles School), junior Matt Bertke (Edgewood, Ky./Covington Catholic H.S.), and freshmen Brian Freeman (Sanger, Calif./Immanuel H.S.) and Ted Brown (Kokomo, Ind./Western H.S.) that set the Irish record with a 6:45.44 is 27th in the nation. In the 200 medley relay, Notre Dame’s quartet of sophomore Doug Bauman (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Preparatory School), Randolph, Kegelman, and Krakowski rank 33rd with a time of 1:31.62. The same four are 38th in the 400 medley with a time of 3:22.71.
In individual events, junior David Moisan (Fisherville, Ky./Louisville Male H.S.) is 43rd in the 400 IM with a pool-record time of 3:57.62 and Kegelman is 43rd in the 100 butterfly with a time of 49.19.
HIGH SCORERS: Freshman Ted Brown (Kokomo, Ind./Western H.S.) became the first Irish student-athlete to hit the 400-point plateau last weekend. He currently has 403.5 points, including 373 in individual competition, with both marks by far the best on the team. Freshman Tim Kegelman (Yorktown, Va./Tabb H.S.) is second with 322.25 points, including 221 in individual races. When adding relay points (1/4 of total earned in each race), junior Frank Krakowski (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Preparatory School) is third in total points (289.50), while ranking fifth in individual competition (180.5). Sophomore Jamie Lutkus (Granger, Ind./Penn H.S.) is third in individual points at 190, while sophomore Patrick Davis (Clearwater, Fla./Jesuit H.S.) is fourth with 183. Sophomore Tim Randolph (Crown Point, Ind./Merrillville H.S.) is fourth in overall points with 269.50 and senior co-captain Matt Obringer (Jacksonville, Fla./The Bolles School) is fifth with 234.25. In all, 20 of the 29 Irish competitors have scored at least 100 points this season.
CHALLENGING SLATE: Notre Dame has faced a total of six teams this season that are currently ranked or receiving votes in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America’s national top 25. Leading the way is defending BIG EAST champion Pittsburgh (L, 123-228) at 16th, followed by Northwestern (L, 133-155) at 18th, with BYU (L, 116-178) 20th, Harvard (2nd to ND, 2259.5-1549.5, at Notre Dame Invitational) 22nd, and North Carolina (L, 111.5-181.5) 24th. Iowa (L, 119-174) is third among teams receiving votes. Only one of Notre Dame’s losses (125.5-113.5 vs. Michigan State) this season came to a team not mentioned in the CSCAA poll. Seven teams on Notre Dame’s dual-match slate qualified student-athletes for last season’s NCAA Championships.
YOUTHFUL AIRS: This year’s Irish team has a definite youthful side to it. Of the 29 student-athletes, only eight came into 2003-04 more than one previous season of collegiate experience. There are just four members of the class of ’03 and just four juniors, while 10 sophomores and 11 freshmen fill out the roster.
IT TAKES TWO: In returning to a Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving tradition, the Irish will be led by a pair of co-captains in 2003-04 — seniors Josh Dermott (El Dorado Hills, Calif./Rio Americano H.S.) and Matt Obringer (Jacksonville, Fla./The Bolles School). After Notre Dame had tri-captains a season ago for just the second time in the 46-year history of the program, the Irish will have co-captains for the 21st time in the last 24 years.
HEAD COACH Tim Welsh: Irish head coach Tim Welsh is in his 19th season leading the Irish men’s swimming and diving program after helming both the men’s and women’s teams from 1985-94. In his career, which spans 26 previous seasons, Welsh has compiled a 372-231 (.617) overall dual-meet mark, including a 222-126 (.639) record coaching men’s swimming and diving. Last Saturday’s win over St. Bonaventure was his 250th at Notre Dame (250-140 record, .642). A former Division III National Coach of the Year, Welsh has helped his teams to a pair of national titles, as well as 24 conference championships (15 Midwestern Collegiate, 9 Middle Atlantic, 1 North Star). Prior to coming to Notre Dame, he led the Johns Hopkins men’s and women’s programs for eight years, winning back-to-back men’s Division III national titles in 1978 and ’79, being named National Coach of the Year on the latter occasion. Since coming to Notre Dame, he has coached 11 athletes who have earned berths in the NCAA Championships. His impact on the evolution of the men’s program is evidenced by the fact that all but one current University record has been set since 1999. Welsh was named the BIG EAST Coach of the Year in 1999 and has been awarded an honorary monogram for his distinguished service to the swimming programs by Notre Dame’s National Monogram Club. He currently has the second-longest tenure of any Irish coach at Notre Dame (track and field coach Joe Piane is first at 29 years). Welsh also is involved with the sport at the national and international levels, as he served on the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Swimming Committee from 1991-97 and was president of the group at one time. He also has served as the president of the BIG EAST swimming coaches, is a board member of the American Swimming Coaches Association, and will serve on the technical director’s staff for the 2005 World University Games in Turkey.
HEAD DIVING COACH Caiming Xie: Caiming Xie is in his ninth season as the head diving coach at Notre Dame for both the men’s and women’s teams. During his tenure, he has coached two All-Americans on the women’s side, as well as the top two men’s divers in school history: Herb Huesman and Andy Maggio, who barely missed being the first Irish male ever to qualify for the NCAA Championships, in 2002. Caiming has been named his conference’s top diving coach on three occasions, most recently in the BIG EAST in 1999. On the women’s side, Caiming was responsible for the development of Heather Mattingly and Meghan Perry-Eaton, the first two diving All-Americans in Notre Dame history. Caiming also has a great deal of international coaching experience, serving as diving coach for the Chinese Olympic and national team from 1977-90, being recognized as the Chinese National Diving Coach of the Year twice (1986 and ’87). His divers have won a number of medals in international events, including a gold in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain by Sun Shu-Wei.
IRISH SIGN THREE FOR NEXT SEASON: Head coach Tim Welsh recently announced the signing of three incoming freshmen for the 2004-05 season. Graham Parker (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill H.S. East), Rob Seery (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City H.S.), and Jay VandenBerg (Beverly Hills, Mich./Southfield Christian School) have signed national letters of intent to enroll at Notre Dame next year and join the Irish men’s swimming and diving team. Welsh anticipates the addition of further recruits for the class of 2008, but is unable to comment on them at this time due to NCAA regulations.
Parker is a three-time New Jersey state champion, having won titles in the 200 medley relay (2002), the 200 individual medley (’03), and the 400 freestyle relay (’03). He has earned high school All-America honors in the 100 breaststroke, 200 IM, and 200 medley relay and is a spring 2004 senior U.S. national qualifier in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:04.24. Seery posted the 14th-fastest time in the nation for 15- and 16-year-old boys in the 1,650 freestyle in 2003, 15:39.39. He has earned All-America honors in the 200 and 500 freestyle and qualified for the 2003 national championships in the 800 free relay. His top times in the 1,000 (9:26.26) and 1,650 freestyle (15:35.01, done after he turned 17) would rank him as the second-quickest swimmer in Notre Dame history in both events. VandenBerg boasted the 15th-fastest time in the nation for 17- and 18-year olds in the 1,650 freestyle last year, 15:32.52. He has posted senior national qualifying marks in the 800 free, 1500 free, and 1650 free. A U.S. Open qualifier in six events (400 free, 800 free, 1000 free, 1500 free, 1650 free, 400 IM), VandenBerg also holds the 16-and-under Michigan postal distance record for 3,000-yard freestyle. VandenBerg’s top 1,650 freestyle time of 15:32.52 has been bettered only once in the history of Notre Dame swimming, while his 9:21.76 mark in the 1,000 free would rank third on the all-time Irish list.
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