Dec. 2, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Sophomore Ross Moore closed out the third and final day of the Ohio State Invitational by posting the school’s fastest time ever in the 200 Fly for the University of Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving team.
Moore completed the course at the McKorkle Aquatic Pavilion in 1:47.45, which was also an NCAA `B’ qualifying time. That mark broke the previous record in the event, 1:47.53, achieved by Tim Kegalman in 2004.
The Irish earned six top-10 finishes in the final heat of each of the day’s five individual events.
As a team, Notre Dame was fourth among the field with 401 points in the three-day invitational. The overall team title went to No. 10 Minnesota (1,168) with host Ohio State (1,074) taking second. Denver (429) was third.
“We learned a lot at this meet, and we got better every day at every session,” said Irish head coach Tim Welsh. “We’re a lot better going home than we were coming in (to the meet). I’m very pleased with our men’s efforts.”
With the first half of the schedule in the books, Notre Dame looks ahead to a meeting with Louisiana State on New Year’s Day (Jan. 1) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. It will be the first ever dual meet between the two squads.
1,650 Free: Going the distance for ninth place was Michael Sullivan (15:54.68) … he had the team’s fastest time of the season entering the event, finishing the race against Purdue/Texas A&M (Nov. 2) in 15:56.11 … Andrew Deters (16:11.93) was 18th.
200 Back: Sullivan finished in the money with a 1:48.80, good for sixth … and in doing so, he put his name in the Irish record books with the fifth-fastest time in school history … 17th went to Christopher Wills (1:51.79), and Jeff Wood (1:52.11) was 18th … both times were season-bests for Wills and Wood.
100 Free: The 11th-best time in the program’s history was recorded by John Lyle (45.36) … that mark gave him a seventh-place finish … behind him in 16th was Andrew Hoffman (46.55).
200 Breast: Daniel Rave (2:03.17) logged the team’s fastest mark of the season for seventh-place honors.
200 Fly: A new school record was set by Moore (1:47.45), who notched a NCAA `B’ qualifying time … Moore was second in the event … the previous record stood for almost an entire three years … Tim Kegalman (1:47.53) held the previous milestone which was set during the final day of the Notre Dame Invitational on Dec. 4, 2004 … first-place finisher Alex Wold of Minnesota tapped in at 1:47.12, setting a new pool record … the previous record of 1:48.36 was set during last year’s invite by Notre Dame’s MacKenzie LeBlanc … LeBlanc (1:48.62) was fourth in this season’s edition.