March 25, 2012
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Junior Bill Bass and sophomore Frank Dyer wrapped up the 2011-12 season for Notre Dame on the final day of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships held at the King County Aquatic Center. Both swimmers took part in Saturday morning’s preliminary session when Dyer posted a 44.04 in the 100 free to place 39th overall and Bass breezed through the 200 fly in 1:46.64 for a 30th-place showing.
Nonetheless, the week was been nothing short of remarkable for Notre Dame, which sent multiple swimmers to the NCAAs for the first time in program history. Dyer was able to notch an All-American accolade in his second appearance at the showdown with a fourth-place finish in the 200 free on Friday while also resetting his own school record in the 500 free one day prior.
Through Saturday’s preliminary session, Notre Dame sat in 25th place with 15 points, the most for the program at the NCAA Championships since diver Michael Bulfin scored a pair of points in 2008.
After the final relay of the evening, Notre Dame stood in 28th-place on the big board. California won the overall team title 535.5 points.
The Irish finished the season with a 6-4 dual meet record and a BIG EAST Conference team title under their belt, the fifth overall crown and third since 2008. Bass earned the league meet’s Most Outstanding Swimmer award while Notre Dame’s leaders on the sideline were tabbed BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year.