Feb. 21, 2003
Uniondale, N.Y. – The University of Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving team had six men qualify for the championship finals and set two more varsity records after the morning prelims of day two at the 2003 BIG EAST Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships.
Leading the way for Notre Dame was freshman Jamie Lutkus who posted the second-best time in the 400 individual medley this morning. Lutkus’ time of 3:55.50 shattered the old Notre Dame record held by Jonathan Pierce. Rutgers’ Sean Smith had the fastest time of 3:53.70. Irish senior David Moisan also qualified for the championship final with a time of 3:58.61, the sixth-fastest time of the morning.
Sophomore Frank Krakowski was seventh in the 100 butterfly with a time of 49.17, breaking the oldest standing record in the Irish annuals. Krakowski broke the old mark of 50.02 set by Ry Beville in 1994.
Junior Matt Obringer posted the fourth-best time in the 200 freestyle with an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:38.57. Rutgers’ Ivan Morse has the fastest time in the event at 1:38.31.
Senior Jason Fitzpatrick also qualified seventh in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 56.07. Virginia Tech’s Kevin Furlong posted the top time of 54.45.Freshman Tim Randolph was ninth (56.58), while junior Josh Dermott was 11th (57.21) and freshman Tyler Grenda was 15th (57.44) in the 100 breaststroke.
Freshman Doug Bauman was sixth in the 100 backstroke in 50.36. Virginia Tech’s Charles Lindberg was first in 49.34.
Overall, Notre Dame set two varsity records today and now have five at the 2003 BIG EAST Championships. The finals will be tonight at 6:30 p.m.