AS A SENIOR: Took home two top-eight finishes in his signature events, the 100 and 200 back at the BIG EAST Championships … touched the pad in 49.91 in the 100 back (seventh place) and 1:47.05 in the 200 back (seventh place) … the 200 back swim was a career-best time … preliminary swim of the 100 back (49.71) was a season-best time and was also the 10th-fastest 200 back time in Notre Dame history … exits the Irish program as the third best performer in the 100 back and fifth best performer in the 200 back in school history … set a personal-best time of 1:53.33 in the 200 IM against Cleveland State.
AS A JUNIOR:Specialized in the fly, back and individual medley events … set season best times in three events at the BIG EAST Championships, placing sixth in the 100 back (49.38), seventh in the 200 back (1:48.22) and 11th in the 400 IM (3:59.01) … the 100 back time was a personal-best time … recorded two season best times against Michigan State, touching the pad in a time of 53.16 in the 100 fly and 1:54.36 in the 200 fly … collected five top three times during the dual meet season including two in both the 200 fly and 200 back.
AS A SOPHOMORE: A dynamic performer for the Irish … posted a 1:47.10 in the 200 Back at the BIG EAST Championships … best 100 Back (52.64) time came during a dual meet against Pittsburgh, when he also clocked his fastest 100 Fly (52.71) performance … went 1:50.72 in the 200 Fly at the league meet … stroked at 1:55.51 rate in the 200 IM and 4:00.03 in the 400 IM at the Ohio State Invite.
AS A FRESHMAN: Demonstrated grit at the BIG EAST Championships by stepping up and punching in times during the final rounds that were all faster than his preliminary performances … seized two ninth-place finishes and one 10th-place finish during the league meet in the 400 IM (3:57.70), 200 back (1:50.01) and 200 fly (1:50.15), respectively … also finished the 400 IM in 4:05.21 at the Ohio State Invitational while clocking a 1:57.04 in the 200 IM … swam the 100 fly (52.32) against Cleveland State, when he also posted his best time of the season in the 100 back (52.26) … slashed Louisville with a 25.54 in the 50 back.
THE WILLS FILE: Qualified for the 2008 Olympic Trials with his 200-meter long-course fly time of 2:03.80 … entered college with a best time of 51.50 in the 100 back, which was almost 1.4 seconds off Doug Bauman[apos]s (then) school record … four-time high school All-American … state champion in each of his four seasons as a prep at Gilman (Md.) … named team MVP during his last three years of training under head coach Ian Brooks … son of Sisi and Chris Wills … born Nov. 2, 1988, in Baltimore, Md. … has two sisters, Molly and Grace … avid Baltimore Ravens fan … graduated from the College of Arts and Letters as a pre-professional studies major.
Wills[apos] Career Bests
|100 Back||49.38||BIG EAST (2010)|
|200 Back||1:47.05||BIG EAST (2011)|
|100 Fly||52.32||Cleveland State (2007)|
|200 Fly||1:50.15||BIG EAST (2008)|
|200 IM||1:53.33||Cleveland State (2011)|
|400 IM||3:57.70||BIG EAST (2008)|