Nov. 16, 2002
The University of Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving team moved its record to 4-2 on the season with a 121.5-102.5 win over TCU and a 100-84 win over Centenary in Forth Worth, Texas, on Saturday afternoon. The two victories provide a pleasant end to Notre Dame’s weekend trip to Texas, and the Irish avenge a close loss to the Horned Frogs on Friday evening.
Notre Dame started strong with a victory in the 400 medley relay, as the team of freshman Doug Bauman, senior Jason Fitzpatrick, sophomore Frank Krakowski and freshman Tim Randolph touched first in 3:28.04. The “B” team of senior Matt Hyde, freshman Tyler Grenda, freshman Patrick Heffernan and sophomore David Moisan scored valuable meet points, finishing third in 3:33.36.
The 1,650 freestyle was next and freshman Patrick Davis came through to get a victory in 16:07.38. Sophomore Matt Bertke followed him in second place (16:08.66) and classmate J.R. Teddy was fourth in 16:43.52.
The Irish kept the pressure on the home team in the 200 freestyle, as Matt Obringer placed first in 1:43.20. Freshman Jamie Lutkus finished third (1:45.09) and Patrick O’Berry took fifth (1:46.03).
TCU came back to win the 50 freestyle, but Notre Dame was able to finish second and third. Krakowski’s second-place time was 21.60, while Randolph was third in 21.79.
Diving took over the crowd’s attention next and Joe Miller came through to finish second for Notre Dame with 265.50.
Back in the pool, TCU started to build a bit of momentum with a victory in the 100 butterfly and the meet started to turn toward the home team, just like the meet on Friday.
Notre Dame’s Obringer stepped up to make sure that Friday’s performance would not repeat itself. His 47.38 victory in the 100 freestyle put the Irish back in control and Bauman’s second-place finish in the 100 backstroke kept TCU from getting too close.
Finally, Notre Dame seized control with a dominating performance in the 200 breaststroke. Grenda took first place (2:07.51), followed by Lutkus in second (2:08.28) and Moisan in third (2:09.46).
Firmly in control of the meet, Notre Dame shut the door in the final three events. Lutkus was back in the pool once again, touching first in the 200 IM (1:55.12). Tong Xie took second in three-meter diving and the 400 freestyle relay team of Randolph, Fitzpatrick, Teddy and Obringer cruised to a win in 3:09.41 to finalize the victory.
Notre Dame will be back home to face Purdue at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22.