Nov. 7, 2008
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving team will face No. 16 Purdue at the Rolfs Aquatic Center on Saturday at 2 p.m. (ET). The Irish seek to exact a bit of revenge after falling to the Boilermakers last season. Notre Dame last defeated Purdue by a 156-144 count on Nov. 3, 2006.
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“We’ve been improving each week and we need to improve a lot this weekend,” Irish head coach Tim Welsh. “Purdue has fielded several great teams throughout this series, and several of their best over the past few seasons. They are a big and experienced team and we are looking forward to a real fast meet on Saturday.”
Notre Dame (1-1) comes off a 152-148 win over Pittsburgh last week. Michael Sullivan and John Lytle each shelved a pair of individual wins to pace the host Irish. Lytle also triggered the 400 Free Relay team by starting the event with a 45.35, over one second faster than the next best swimmer. His efforts put Notre Dame ahead of the pack to win the race, boosting them in front of Pittsburgh to capture the dual-meet victory. He won the 100 Free (45.55) by over one second and won the 50 Free (21.20) by half a second.
The Boilermakers travel to Northwestern on Friday before facing Notre Dame. Purdue will rally behind diver David Boudia, a 2008 Olympian and winner of three national championships and five international medals last year. Boudia was named USA Diving’s Athlete of the year this past summer.