NOTRE DAME, Indiana — The No. 21/13 Notre Dame Swim & Dive team finished Day One of the season-opening virtual meet vs. West Virginia Friday, led by sophomore Coleen Gillilan, whose 52.07 in the 100 Fly set a program record, topping her previous school record of 52.13 in 2019-20.
Friday was the first of two sessions in the virtual meet. Both teams executed the same events at their home facilities, and times were ranked after the session concluded to determine rankings and winners. Times achieved at the meet count for program and pool records, but will not count as NCAA-qualifying times.
“Our team was excited about the opportunity to compete and finally match up with another team, so that kept them motivated,” Notre Dame head swim coach Mike Litzinger said. “We saw some really great things from our team, as we’ve been just really training, and training and training.
“When you’re able to put some of those training pieces together in a competitive situation, and they come out, it’s a really good sign for us.”
“Having the opportunity to have a meet-like situation, as opposed to not competing at all, is a positive,” Notre Dame head dive coach Mark Bradshaw added.
Two Notre Dame pool records were broken in the first session, including Gillilan’s school record. The other was courtesy of Jack Hoagland, the reigning ACC men’s swimming Freshman of the Year, who turned in a 4:16.87 in the 500 Free.
The Irish claimed the top finish in 15 of 16 events Friday, putting up an impressive showing in the first competitive meet of the season. Especially notable was the performance of the relays, which swept the 200 Free and 400 Medley categories.
The women’s 200 Free relay (Gillilan, Cailey Grunhard, Carly Quast and Rachel Wittmer) posted a time of 1:31.33, while the men (Cason Wilburn, Brendan Santana, Topher Stensby and Sadler McKeen) turned in a 1:20.28. In the 400 Medley, the women (Bayley Stewart, Gillilan, Grunhard and Sydney Whiting) posted a 3:37.16, and the men (Jack Fitzpatrick, Josh Bottelberghe, Charles Korndorffer and Wilburn) marked a 3:12.70.
“Ellie Jew did a nice job in the breaststroke and in our relays, and I thought our men’s relays did a really outstanding job,” Litzinger noted. “We’re starting to come along in that area, and that’s an area we need to improve. Also, Bailey Stewart’s leadoff leg in the 400 Medley was really solid.”
On the diving end, junior Annie Wiese led the way in Session One, as results from diving will be announced at the conclusion of the meet Saturday.
“Annie Wiese had a terrific showing today, steady and consistent,” Bradshaw noted.
The Irish return to the pool for Day Two of the virtual meet at 10 a.m. ET. Times will be posted after the session concludes at und.com/swimmingstats.