Feb. 22, 2003
Uniondale, N.Y. – The University of Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving team is still fourth with 335.5 points after day two at the 2003 BIG EAST Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Pittsburgh leads with 509 points, followed by Virginia Tech (407), Rutgers (364.5) and the Irish.
Leading the way for Notre Dame was freshman Jamie Lutkus who finished second in the 400 individual medley. Lutkus’ time of 3:54.38, broke the Notre Dame record he set in the morning session which shattered the old Notre Dame record of 3:58.23 set by Jonathan Pierce. Rutgers’ Sean Smith finished first in 3:52.25. Irish senior David Moisan finished seventh in 4:00.29.
Diver Andy Maggio placed third in the three-meter diving event, while senior Joe Miller was eighth. Maggio, who missed the entire fall semester, finished with 494.80 points, while Miller had 356.50 points. Miami’s Miguel Velazquez made it a sweep of the diving events with 657.20 points on the three-meter board.
The Notre Dame 200 medley relay of freshman Doug Bauman, senior Jason Fitzpatrick, sophomore Frank Krakowski and freshman Tim Randolph shattered the Notre Dame record in the event in finishing third. The Irish relay team broke the previous record of 1:32.23 set by Brian Skorney, Mike Koss, Brendan Lechner and Ray Fitzpatrick in 2000. Virginia Tech won the race in 1:28.49.
Sophomore Frank Krakowski was seventh in the 100 butterfly with a time of 48.92, which is a new Notre Dame record. Krakowski had broke the oldest standing record in the Irish annuals during the morning session of 50.02 set by Ry Beville in 1994.
Junior Matt Obringer posted the finished fifth in the 200 freestyle with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:38.49. West Virginia’s Kleyton Franca was first in 1:37.31.
Senior Jason Fitzpatrick placed third in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 55.35, which is a “B” qualifying time for the 2003 NCAA meet and a new Notre Dame record. Virginia Tech’s Kevin Furlong posted the top time of 53.54.Freshman Tim Randolph was ninth (56.58), while junior Josh Dermott was 10th (56.71) and freshman Tyler Grenda was 13th (57.16) in the 100 breaststroke.
Freshman Doug Bauman was sixth in the 100 backstroke in 50.29. Virginia Tech’s Steve Tozer was first in 49.13.
The 2003 BIG EAST meet concludes Saturday with the prelims at 10:30 a.m. and the finals at 6:30 p.m.