Feb. 22, 2003
Uniondale, N.Y. – The University of Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving team finished fourth with 462.5 points at the 2003 BIG EAST Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Pittsburgh won its seventh straight BIG EAST title wityh 708 points. Virginia Tech was second with 555 points, while Rutgers was third with 538.5 points.
Although Notre Dame did not have any individual event winners, there were a number of outstanding performances as freshman Steve Shomberger, who missed all of the fall season and much of the spring with an elbow injury, swam his best race of the yearin the morning prelims when he posted a blistering 1:49.54. Shomberger placed eighth in the evening finals.
Sophomore Frank Krakowski, who shattered the record in the 50 freestyle earlier in the meet, was seventh in the 100 freestyle with a time of 45.46. Junior Matt Obringer was 12th in 45.46.
Sophomore David Moisan was eighth in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:02.57. Notre Dame had five swimmers in the top 16 in the event as senior Jason Fitzpatrick was 11th in 2:04.36, freshman Tyler Grenda was 13th in 2:04.56, junior Josh Dermott was 14th in 2:04.97 and freshman Jamie Lutkus was 16th in 2:06.28.
Freshman Patrick Heffernan was eighth in the 200 butterfly finishing in 1:51.66. Junior Lucas Wymore was 11th in 1:52.20, while junior J.R. Teddy was 12th in 1:52.65 and Brian Guarnier was 13th in 1:52.97.
The 400 freestyle relay team of Krakowski, Obringer, Fitzpatrick and freshman Tim Randolph finished fifth with a time of 3:01.91, while freshman Patrick Davis was sixth in the 1,650 freestyle in 15:47.71.