Irish notch several key wins in Day Two of competition.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Notre Dame continued its success Friday, posting several Olympic Trial qualifying times, NCAA B-Cuts and overall wins at the Ohio State Invitational.
The Irish dove into preliminary races in the morning and made a statement, claiming the top seed in four of 10 events. Notre Dame swimmers also qualified for three more U.S. Olympic Trial events, posting seven total qualifying times (four swimmers had already qualified in their events).
In the first event of the morning, Coleen Gillilan posted a 1:00.82 in the women’s 100 Fly, good for the top seed in finals. Cailey Grunhard (1:01.71) also claimed a spot in the A final, ranking fifth. Aaron Schultz placed third in prelims in the men’s 100 Fly (54.47) and Jack Montesi fourth (54.53), with Zach Smith also making the A final in eighth place (55.16).
Luciana Thomas placed seventh (4:54.28) in the women’s 400 IM prelim race, punching her slot to the A final. The Irish men staged a takeover in the 400 IM, with Jack Hoagland (4:23.12), Max Miranda (4:25.90) and Marci Barta (4:28.44) taking the top three seeds, and Will Cumberland (4:32.62) and Andrew Winton (4:33.43) taking seventh and eighth, respectively. With the race, Hoagland qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 400 IM, his second time qualifying over the meet thus far. Miranda’s time also made the cut, but he had already qualified in the event prior to the meet.
Abbie Dolan claimed the top seed in the women’s 200 Free with a time (2:01.18) that also made the Olympic Trial cut, but she had also already qualified in the 200 Free prior to this week. Madeline LaPorte (2:04.60) claimed a slot in the A final as well, in the ninth seed.
Sadler McKeen punched his ticket to the Olympic Trials with a 1:50.28 in the men’s 200 Free, claiming the top seed heading into finals. Zach Yeadon also made the A final, placing fourth in prelims (1:50.80). Josh Bottelberghe kept it going for the Irish men in the 100 Breast, noting an Olympic trial cut with a 1:03.11 (already qualified). He was joined in the A final by Matthew Limbacher (seventh, 1:04.52).
The Irish rounded out the morning with another Olympic Trial qualifier slot punched, as Carly Quast posted a 1:02.51 in the women’s 100 Back, closely followed by another trial qualifier in Bayley Stewart with a 1:02.53 (already qualified). Quast and Stewart entered finals as the fifth and sixth seed, respectively. Jack Montesi led the Irish men in the 100 Back, finishing fifth (56.88).
On the diving end, Kelly Straub finished women’s 1-meter prelims in fourth place (266.55), followed by Erin Isola (sixth, 260.35). For the men in the 3-meter, Austin Flaute ranked sixth (305.95) heading into finals.
The Irish kicked off finals with a pair of third-place finishes in the 200 Medley Relay. The women’s team of Quast, Gillilan, Grunhard and Rachel Wittmer posted a 1:38.94, while the men’s team of Montesi, Limbacher, Smith and Schultz marked down a 1:27.06.
Gillilan continued her success from prelims, placing second in the women’s 100 Fly with a 52.73 (NCAA B-Cut), while Grunhard placed sixth (53.93). On the men’s side, Schultz placed fourth (47.57) while Smith placed seventh (48.58) and Montesi placed ninth (49.13). Thomas moved up one slot in the women’s 400 IM, placing sixth with a 4:12.68 (B Cut).
Hoagland brought home the first win of the evening for the Irish in the men’s 400 IM, touching the wall in 3:46.95 (B Cut). He was followed by Cumberland (third, 3:50.75, B), Miranda (fourth, 3:51.14, B), Winton (fifth, 3:51.73) and Barta (sixth, 3:52.11).
The Irish women tagged on more NCAA B-Cut times, with Carly Quast (fourth, 53.32) and Bayley Stewart (sixth, 53.81) in the 100 Back and Abbie Dolan taking second (1:45.21) in the 200 Free.
On the men’s side, Yeadon and McKeen tied for first place in the men’s 200 Free with a B-cut time of 1:34.87. Montesi placed third in the 100 Back (47.77 – B Cut).
The Irish ended the night with a bang, as the men’s team of Yeadon, McKeen, Schultz and Hoagland won the 800 Free Relay with a B-Cut time of 6:21.57, the first NCAA B-Cut time on a relay for Notre Dame this season. The Irish women’s team of Dolan, Gillilan, Lauren Heller and Thomas placed third with a 7:12.96.
On the diving end, Notre Dame made a statement, as Straub won the women’s 1-meter competition with a 292.35. Flaute continued to lead the Irish men, placing fifth in the 3-meter (312.70).
Competition will resume on its final day Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m. with preliminary races. Saturday’s events include the 1650 Free, 200 Back, 100 Free, 200 Breast, 200 Fly, 400 Free and Platform diving (2 p.m.). Finals begin at 6:30 p.m.
- Men’s 400 IM: Jack Hoagland, 3:46.95 (B Cut)
- Men’s 200 Free: TIE – Sadler McKeen & Zach Yeadon, 1:34.87 (B Cut)
- Men’s 800 Free Relay: Zach Yeadon, Sadler McKeen, Aaron Schultz & Jack Hoagland, 6:21.57 (B Cut)
- Women’s 1-meter diving: Kelly Straub – 292.35
U.S. OLYMPIC TRIAL QUALIFYING TIMES
- Jack Hoagland: 400 IM (4:23.12)
- Max Miranda: 400 IM (4:25.90, already qualified)
- Abbie Dolan: 200 Free (2:01.18, already qualified)
- Sadler McKeen: 200 Free (1:50.28)
- Josh Bottelberghe: 100 Breast (1:03.11)
- Carly Quast: 100 Back (1:02.51)
- Bayley Stewart: 100 Back (1:02.53, already qualified)
Live scoring can be found on Meet Mobile and at https://data.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/livestats/w-swim/index.htm. Follow along on Twitter and Instagram (@NDSwimDive) throughout the weekend for updates.