Oct. 30, 2015
– By Lizzie Mikes
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame hosted their Pink Meet Friday night and were successful in their endeavor to fundraise for River Bend Cancer Services. They were also a hit in the water, winning nearly every event in both the men’s and women’s races against regional rival Michigan State.
“I thought coming off our training camp in Florida, the goal was to be better: and we were better tonight,” women’s head coach Mike Litzinger says. “But we weren’t just better individually, we were also better as a team. I’m glad to see that happening.”
“We have a lot of little things to work on, but overall I thought tonight went well,” echoes men’s head coach Matt Tallman. “The distance guys in particular were good — I think if you look at the times they were putting up a year ago in dual meets, what we’re posting now is significantly better across the board.”
The men started off strong with a 1-2 finish in the 400 medley relay, and went on to clinch the top three spots in the 1,000 free. Connor Brown had the top time for the Irish distance group, touching the wall in 9:33.38, followed by Richard Mannix (9:34.12) and Steven Shek (9:34.44). Joseph Petrone placed fifth (9:37.38).
Other notable finishes for the Irishmen included Justin Plaschka winning the 50 free with a time of 20.51, and Thomas Anderson winning the 400 IM in 4:02.31. In diving, James Lichtenstein won the 1-meter event with a score of 318.82, and sophomore Peter Myers won the 3-meter competition with his 363.08 tally.
In the women’s meet, the ladies packed a 1-2 punch in the 400 medley relay, with the A-team lineup of Catherine Mulquin, Danielle Margheret, Catherine Galletti and Sofia Revilak finishing in 3:46.78. The B-team lineup of Alice Treuth, Meaghan O’Donnell, Nicole Smith and Elizabeth House came in second (3:51.63).
Other top performers included Katie Miller (4:23.61) and Smith (4:30.70) in the 400 IM as well as Treuth’s 200 back showing (1:59.72). In diving, senior Lindsey Streepey won both boards (294.00 in 1-meter, 332.80 in 3-meter).
While the men’s team has a week off until their next meet at Virginia Tech, the women travel to Purdue tomorrow for a triple-dual showdown with the Boilermakers and the Ohio State Buckeyes. The meet starts at 3:30 p.m. ET.
“I think Purdue has a strong team; probably one of the strongest teams they’ve had in years,” states Litzinger. “And Ohio State has been swimming very well also, they won the Florida Gulf Coast Invitational a few weeks ago. So we’re definitely going to have to take a couple steps up in what we’re going to do tomorrow. Our plan is to see how our team responds after a late night tonight; we want them to come in, and loosen up, and then head down to West Lafayette and see what we can do.”
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Lizzie Mikes serves as Media Services Coordinator at the University of Notre Dame. A 2013 graduate of Johnson & Wales University, she oversees credential management and is the athletic communications director for Fighting Irish men’s and women’s swimming and diving. She has assisted with numerous NCAA postseason events hosted by Notre Dame, and is heavily involved in the day-to-day tasks of the athletic communications office.