June 26, 2017
By Leigh Torbin
INDIANAPOLIS – The Notre Dame swimming teams will send 19 current or future student-athletes to Indianapolis to compete a combined 57 times at the Phillips 66 USA Swimming National Championships this week at the IU Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI. Preliminaries start daily at 9 a.m. with finals beginning nightly at 6 p.m. running from Tuesday through Saturday.
This meet serves as the qualifier for the U.S. team in the pool competition at the 2017 FINA World Championships, which runs from July 23-30 in Budapest, Hungary. Outside of the Olympic Games, the FINA World championships are the sport’s largest international competition.
Results at Phillips 66 Nationals also will qualify individuals for the U.S. rosters for the World University Games and FINA World Junior Championships ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢’Â¬” set for Aug. 23-28 in Indianapolis ÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢’Â¬” later this summer.
Twelve hours of television coverage from Phillips 66 Nationals will be aired by NBC Sports Group with nightly broadcasts on NBC Sports Network and Universal HD and four hours of coverage on NBC on July 1-2. A webcast of the meet also will be available on usaswimming.org.
Current Notre Dame Participants
Tabahn Afrik (100 and 200 freestyle)
Abbie Dolan (100 and 200 freestyle)
Ben Gorski (50, 100 and 200 breaststroke)
Matt Grauslys (50, 100 and 200 butterfly)
Reilly Lanigan (200 and 400 freestyle, 200 IM)
Jack Montesi (50, 100 and 200 backstroke, 50 and 100 butterfly)
Meaghan O’Donnell (50, 100 and 200 breaststroke)
Kyra Sarazen (50, 100 and 200 backstroke)
Aaron Schultz (50, 100 and 200 butterfly)
Erin Sheehan (50, 100 and 200 butterfly)
Katie Smith (50 and 100 freestyle)
Nikki Smith (50, 100 and 200 butterfly)
Alice Treuth (50, 100 and 200 backstroke)
Rob Whitacre (50, 100 and 200 backstroke, 200 IM)
Incoming Notre Dame Participants
Garrett Clarke (200 breaststroke)
Will Cumberland (200 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 backstroke)
Cailey Grunhard (50 and 100 butterfly)
Brendan Santana (50, 100 and 200 butterfly, 50 freestyle)
Zach Yeadon (200, 400, 800 and 1500 freestyle, 400 IM)
Leigh Torbin, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2013. A native of Framingham, Massachusetts, Torbin graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. He has previously worked full-time on the athletic communications staffs at Vanderbilt, Florida, Connecticut and UCF.