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No. 17/RV Irish Travel to Take on Iowa, Illinois

NOTRE DAME, Ind — The No. 17/RV Notre Dame Swim & Dive team will travel to Iowa City this weekend for their first meet of 2020, taking on Iowa and Illinois. 

The Irish come off a month of winter training, including a 10-day training trip to Florida, to enter in the second half of the season. After the road meet in Iowa City, the Irish will return home for a three-week home slate. 

“Having a little more than a month off of competition, both of our squads are ready to get back to racing,” Notre Dame head coach Mike Litzinger explained. “We are coming off an incredible 10 days of training, and the focus now turns to championship preparation. 

The Last Time

Last time out, the Irish men placed second while the women placed third at the Ohio State Invitational. Zach Yeadon notched school records in the distance free, earning the first NCAA A-Cut of the season for Notre Dame. 

The men finished with a total score of 2346 on the weekend, topped only by host Ohio State (2436.5) and beating Yale, then-No. 19 Virginia Tech and then-No. 21 Kentucky. The women tallied a score of 1790.5, behind Ohio State (2518.5) and Kentucky (2346.5) and topping then-No. 25 UCLA, Virginia Tech, Yale, Buffalo and Ohio.

The Meet Deets

Teams: Iowa (No. 18 men), Illinois (women)

Date: Jan. 11, 2019

Time: Noon

Location: University of Iowa Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (Iowa City, Iowa)

Live timing:

Litzinger’s scout: “Iowa is a much improved team on both sides and has some excellent speed athletes, along with a solid diving program,” he noted. “Illinois is also a program that is much better than a season ago.”

The meet will begin in Iowa City Saturday at noon, and will provide an opportunity for the Irish to get in another competition prior to classes beginning next week, and to prep for the upcoming championship season. 

“Our goals over the next three weeks are to sharpen our skills, make final adjustments for our relays and get ready for the ACCs,” Litzinger expressed.

Fans can follow along with the Irish on Twitter @NDSwimDive and with live timing at