Oct. 22, 2016
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The No. 14 Notre Dame swimming and diving team remains undefeated for the 2016-17 campaign after a big win at No. 22 Georgia Tech. The men were victorious by 181-172 and the women following a strong start on Friday finished big 274-79.
The men got going early when its relay team of junior Robby Whitacre, senior, Trent Jackson sophomore Matt Grauslys, and sophomore, Daniel Speers earned a first in the 200 yard medley relay clocking at 1:29.77.
Important in their strong comeback was sweeping relays and the Irish came first in the 400 Yard freestyle relay. The crew of sophomore, Tabahan Afrik, sophomore, Daniel Speers, senior, Reed Fujan and junior, Justin Plaschka were up to the task with a time of 2:58.42.
Highlighting the free was placing four straight Fighting Irish swimmers in the 50 yard freestyle. sophomore, Daniel Speers tapped first with at 20.22, junior, Justin Plaschka came in at 20.51 good for second, then sophomore, Tabahn Afrik reached at 20.63 and lastly came senior, Reed Fujan tapping 20.83.
All around head coach Litzinger was happy his team fought back to come out of Atlanta with the win for his program.
“Our men had their backs against the wall going into today a few points back, but came out firing. The sprinters carried the day as we took both relays and went 1-4 in the 50 free. All credit goes to Georgia Tech. as they took us right to the last event. The guys really stepped up and swam a terrific time to call the meet. I am very proud of our guys today!”
On the women’s side they continued a great overall meet after a very strong start to come back to South Bend with a big win. The Irish got started off with a tremendous effort in 1 meter diving. Freshman, Claire Andrews earned a first with a 276.23. In second came her teammate junior, Annie Crea with a 260.33 and their teammate not far behind in fourth senior Christine Stitcher earned a 249.75.
Individually freshman Abbie Dolan took a first in the 200 yard freestyle clocking in a time of 1:47.59. Sophomore teammate Meaghan O’Donnell also placed a first in the 200 yard breaststroke tapping in at 2:15.03. Earning first place honors in the 100 yard backstroke was senior Catherine Mulquin with a 55.10 to round out a great day at the pool for the Fighting Irish and a happy head coach.
“The women continued on track this morning. We had some great performances at the diving end of the pool, and some big swims by Abbie Dolan, Catherine Mulquin and Meaghan O’Donnell.”
The team is back in action at home next Friday at the Rolfs Aquatic Center when they welcome Purdue, Miami and Rutgers Women at 5 p.m. ET. Fans can follow our twitter accounts: @NDWSwimdive and @NDMensswimdive for meet results