Jan. 8, 2007
BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Notre Dame men’s swimming team won nine of 12 events in the Second Annual Scots Collegiate Relays held at Saint Andrews School in Boca Raton, Fla. on Saturday, Jan. 6. North Carolina State won two events, while Binghamton University took first in one race. All winning times set new meet records in this two-year-old competition.
Teams from Notre Dame (men), Illinois (women), North Carolina State (men and women), Binghamton (men and women), Catholic University (men and women), Penn State-Erie (men and women) and Rider University (men and women) competed in the meet.
The Scots Collegiate Relays Meet, like the Saint Andrews Collegiate Invitational Meet held last week on Dec. 31, consisted of competition over a non-standard meet format. Neither meet was scored.
“The advantage to these non-standard meet formats is that they are great teaching meets,” notes Notre Dame head coach Tim Welsh. “Our swimmers can test different race strategies in different race distances under actual swim meet conditions. I think we learn a lot from these meets.”
Senior co-captain Tim Kegelman (Yorktown, Va./Tabb) continued his winning ways in Florida this winter by being a part of four winning relays. Kegelman has won all seven of the races he has entered in Florida. The wins in the Scotts Collegiate Relays were in the 300-yard medley relay, the 300-yard butterfly relay, the 100-yard butterfly relay and the 10-man 250-yard freestyle relay.
Other four event winners in the meet were sophomore Jeff Wood (Fairport, N.Y./Fairport/Indiana) (300 medley, 100 back, 300 back, 250 free relays) and freshman John Lytle (Clearfield, Pa./Clearfield Area) (300 medley, 300 free, 100 free, 250 free relays). Seniors Louis Cavadini (South Bend, Ind./Riley) and Ted Brown (Kokomo, Ind./Western), Notre Dame’s other two co-captains, each contributed to three winning relays.
The Notre Dame divers took to the board on Jan. 3 for the Mike Peppe One-Meter Diving Meet. Irish divers placed one through four in the meet with junior Sam Stoner (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso) taking first with 337.75 points, which was the third-highest total in program history for one-meter dual meet dives.
Sophomore Michael Bulfin (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) placed second with 321.45 points, while senior Scott Coyle (Indianapolis, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern) took third and junior Steven Crowe (Brockport, N.Y./Brockport) was fourth with respective scores of 287.05 and 268.80. There were eight divers in the field, with Michigan State being represented with three divers and Eastern Illinois having one competitor.
The Fighting Irish continue to race on the road this coming weekend, with dual meets at Oakland University on Jan. 12 and Cleveland State University on Jan. 13. The next home meet for the Irish is Jan. 20 against Northwestern.