Nov. 10, 2001

The University of Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving team (4-2) split a pair of dual meets at Connecticut on Saturday afternoon, defeating the host team 184-115, but dropping its second dual meet of the season to Rutgers 160-139.

Senior co-captain Jonathan Pierce led the way for the Irish, winning three individual events and establishing himself as the distance freestyle specialist to beat at the 2002 BIG EAST Championship. Pierce began the meet with a victory in the 1,000 free (9:39.63), followed up with a victory in the 500 free (4:40.06) and completed the trifecta by touching the wall first in the 200 individual medley (1:55.91).

Notre Dame’s Andy Maggio won the one-meter diving event (271.40 pts.) to post the fourth event victory for the Irish, while freshman Frank Krakowski ended up as the fifth Irish winner with a 51.90 first-place effort in the 100 butterfly.

Senior David Horak swam a solid meet for the Irish, earning three top-five finishes in the 100 backstroke (second), 200 backstroke (third) and 100 butterfly (second). Sophomore J.R. Teddy also posted multiple top-five finishes in the 200 butterfly (second) and 500 freestyle (second).

The Irish will return to action on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Rolfs Aquatic Center against Western Ontario (7 p.m.).