Jan. 28, 2011
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving team registered five second-place finishes and four third-place finishes in the opening six events during the first session of the Shamrock Invitational at the Rolfs Aquatic Center on Friday. The effort earned the Irish an 80-29 lead over Denver. However, Iowa won all six events of the evening, resulting in a 68-41 lead over the Irish.
Reigning National Swimmer of the Week Frank Dyer was part of three of the five second-place performances, which encompassed the 200 free relay, 400 medley relay and the 50 free (20.65).
Bill Bass touched the pad in second place in the 200 individual medley with a 1:51.93 showing and was a member of the 400 medley relay squad. Eric Lex tallied 321.15 points off the 1-meter board, good for another silver medal for the Irish.
The Irish will be back in action at 10:00 a.m. (ET) for the second session of the Shamrock Invitational on Saturday. The final session is slated to begin at 5:00 p.m.
200 Free Relay: The Irish took second and third with respective times of 1:22.41 and 1:23.77 … Iowa took home the gold after stopping the clock at 1:21.44.
500 Free: Wesley Mullins carried the load for the Irish with his 4:35.01 performance, which was good for fourth … Steven Brus was close behind in sixth with his 4:37.07 … Iowa’s Manuel Belzer registered first-place finish in 4:33.42.
200 Individual Medley: Bass earned the silver medal in the event with his 1:51.93 … Colin Babcock (1:52.41) grabbed the bronze and Michael Sullivan (1:52.59) took fifth … Iowa picked up its third consecutive win as Max Dittmer reeled in a 1:51.49.
50 Free: Notre Dame had four of the top six finishers as Dyer (20.65) and Kevin Overholt (20.91) registered second and third place finishes, respectively … Nosal and Kevin Rahill tied for fifth with a 21.23 performance … Duncan Partridge sprinted to a 20.49, good for a fourth Iowa victory.
1-meter Diving: Lex tallied 321.15, good for a second-place finish … Wesley Villaflor and Nathan Geary finished in third and fourth with totals of 317.45 and 299.25 points, respectively … Iowa’s Osvel Molina won the event with 330.85 points.
400 Medley Relay: The quartet of Petrovic, Christopher Johnson, Bass and Dyer closed the night out with a second-place finish, freezing the clock at 3:20.52 … the tandem of Christopher Wills, Joseph Raycroft, Jordan Berry and Thomas Van Volkenberg took sixth in 3:24.98 … Iowa completed the sweep of first-place finishes with its 3:28.75.