NOTRE DAME, Indiana — No. 15/12 Notre Dame earned wins in the dual meet vs. Cincinnati Friday at Rolfs Aquatics Center. The Irish placed first in 23 of 28 races, sweeping all four relay events. The individual wins were led by sophomore Jack Hoagland’s pool record in the 1000 Free (8:51.68). In total, the Irish posted 11 NCAA B-Cut qualifying times on the day.
“We had a great night of racing and diving tonight against Cincinnati,” Notre Dame head swim coach Mike Litzinger shared. “I was impressed with both of our squads as we put up some very competitive performances.”
The No. 12 women won over Cincinnati, 204-87, while the No. 15 men topped the Bearcats, 201-93.
On the diving end, the Irish divers competed in an intrasquad competition, as Cincinnati’s divers competed in a different meet this weekend.
“I genuinely saw, in warm-ups and in competition, some of our student-athletes doing good things off the board that I haven’t seen them do before,” head dive coach Mark Bradshaw attested. “That was nice to see after a tough couple of weeks with finals and working hard this week.”
“As a team we are making strides each time we hit the water, and are looking forward to putting our efforts into our holiday training camp,” Litzinger noted.
The No. 12 Irish women started off the day strong, claiming the top two spots in the 200 Medley Relay. The team of senior Carly Quast, sophomore Coleen Gillilan, senior Cailey Grunhard and senior Rachel Wittmer posted a 1:38.88 to win, while junior Bayley Stewart, freshman Sarah Bender, freshman Megan Deuel and freshman Sydney Whiting touched the wall in 1:41.82 for second.
From there, the Irish raced to wins in 10 of 12 individual events, starting with junior Madeline LaPorte’s 9:52.21 in the 1000 Free, making her the Top Four performer in program history in the event. Freshman Whiting won her first-career dual meet race at Notre Dame in the 200 Free with a 1:48.07, claiming a spot as the No. 9 performer in program history in the event.
Quast kept up the momentum with a win in the 100 Back (53.68), marking an NCAA B-Cut time, and Gillilan won the 200 Fly with a B-cut 1:56.95. Freshmen Deuel (B-cut 1:59.20) and Emma Gleason (2:00.21) rounded out the Irish sweep in the 200 Fly. Grunhard (23.17) and Wittmer (23.21) claimed the top two spots in the 50 Free, while Stewart won the 200 Back with a B-cut 1:54.97, followed by sophomore Sydney Winters (2:00.40).
Bender posted her first-career win in the 200 Breast with a 2:17.45, while LaPorte won her second race of the afternoon in the 500 Free with a 4:48.56. Gillilan posted another win, the second coming in the 100 Fly with a B-cut 52.27, closely followed by Grunhard (B-cut 52.98) and Deuel (54.98). Stewart notched another win in the 200 IM with a 2:02.32.
Rounding out the swimming, the 400 Free Relay team of Whiting, Gillilan, senior Skylar Fore and Wittmer posted a 3:20.88.
In the diving well, senior Kelly Straub took home the win in both the 1-meter (313.58) and 3-meter (359.93) events, closely followed by junior Annie Wiese in both events (299.10 in the 1-meter, 353.93 in the 3-meter). Senior Kate McCahan took third in the 1-meter (276.15), while sophomore Samantha Gillis placed third in the 3-meter (266.40).
The Notre Dame women posted a 204 on the afternoon, up against Cincinnati’s 87.
The No. 15 Notre Dame men also got off to a fast start, winning the 200 Medley Relay with a 1:28.06 from sophomore Jack Fitzpatrick, junior Josh Bottelberghe, junior Zachary Smith and sophomore Topher Stensby.
Hoagland then followed it up with his pool record 8:51.68 in the 1000 Free, breaking his previous record (8:51. 86) set in the virtual meet vs. West Virginia. Senior Sadler McKeen notched his first win of the evening in the 200 Free with a B-cut 1:35.39, and Bottelberghe posted his first individual win of the night with a B-cut 53.35 in the 100 Breast.
In the 200 Fly, the Irish took the top two slots, as Smith posted a B-cut 1:46.33, and junior Max Miranda took second with a 1:47.68. Following suit, Notre Dame swept the top three spots in the 50 Free, led by sophomore Cason Wilburn’s 20.58. Freshman Stephan Lukashev took second (20.63) and Stensby placed third (20.68).
McKeen earned his second win of the evening, clocking a 44.21 in the 100 Free, closely followed by Wilburn with a 45.04. Bottelberghe also claimed a second individual win with a B-cut 1:56.55 200 Breast performance. Hoagland followed suit for his second win, touching the wall in 4:17.23 in the 500 Free, good for a B-cut, followed by Miranda’s 4:26.10. Sophomore Charles Korndorffer turned in a win in the 100 Fly with a 47.76 to round out the Irish individual wins.
To close the evening, the 400 Free Relay team of Wilburn, Stensby, sophomore Alec DeLong and McKeen clocked a 2:58.98 for first place.
On the diving end, Austin Flaute swept both events (1-meter: 348.30, 3-meter: 343.20). Sophomore Will Rains took second in the 1-meter (279.45) and junior David Petrison placed second in the 3-meter (315.08).
The Irish men turned in a total score of 201 to Cincinnati’s 93.
The Irish will embark on the holiday break and will return to competition in 2021. Notre Dame student-athletes will take on an individual training camp as set forth by coaches.