AS A SENIOR:Finished their career as a freestyle specialist for the Irish…contributed to a first place wins as the fourth leg in both 400 medley relay (3:22.93) and 200 medley 4×50 relay (1:31.93) against Olivet Nazarene… clinched a first place win as part of the 400 free relay team against Michigan State (3:04.63)… had 2 top-10 finishes in 100 free, best at Hawkeye Invitational where he placed sixth (45.41) earned sixth in a tri-meet against VA Tech and Pittsburgh in 200 free relay (1:24.53)… earned first as part of the 400 free relay team (3:01.34) and eighth as part of the 100 free team (46.55) at the same tri-meet… was also part of the 800 free relay team that placed second (6:44.60) and the… touched the wall in sixth place in 200 free (1:42.70) and in eighth place in 500 free (4:42.8) against VA Tech and Pittsburgh… had 3 top-10 finishes in the 200 free finals… season best at the Hawkeye Invitational where he tied for fourth (1:38.04)… also earned second place as the second leg of the 800 free relay team (6:34.27)… touched the wall to place 13th in 1650 free (15:56.09)… earned a monogram.
AS A JUNIOR: Distinguished himself as a freestyle specialist for the Irish, swimming every event except the 50 free … in 100 free, came in third (45.19) at Hawkeye Invitational in preliminary swim before touching the wall sixth in final heat (45.44) … finished fifth in 100 free (46.54) against Louisville … highest finish in 100 free came against Michigan State and Virginia, where he touched the wall in fourth place (47.24) … set career record in 200 free at Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championships, finishing ninth with a 1:36.34 mark … came in second in 200 free (1:37.04) and 500 free (4:23.32) at Hawkeye Invitational … versus Northwestern and Michigan, finished third in 200 free (1:40.05) … touched the wall second against Louisville in 200 free (1:40.12) and 500 free (4:34.54) races … clinched first against Michigan State and Virginia in 200 free (1:41.01) … at ACC Championship finished 12th in 500 free (4:23.26) … touched the wall in 9:14.70 in 1,000 free at ACC Championship … placed sixth in 1,650 free (15:14.70) at conference meet, a new career best … earned a monogram.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Swam primarily freestyle events throughout the season … earned CSCAA honorable mention All-America distinction … one of a record nine Notre Dame swimmers to qualify for the NCAA Championships … earned a 16th-place finish with the 800 medley relay team at the NCAA Championships to cop an honorable mention All-America scroll … top time in the 1,650 free (15:25.24) came with a fifth-place finish at the BIG EAST Championships … also recorded a season-best during the 200 free (1:36.45, the third-fastest time in program history) and the 500 free (4:23.67) at the BIG EAST meet … part of the 800 medley relay team that was runner-up at the BIG EAST Championships and the Northwestern Invitational … showcased freestyle speed at the Shamrock Invitational, being the first swimmer to the wall in the 500 free (4:31.85) and also took home gold against Cleveland State in the 500 free (4:33.04) … took second place in the 200 free against Cleveland State with a time of 1:40.98 … in dual meet action against Pittsburgh, brought home a pair of runner-up finishes in the 1000 free (9:35.07) and the 400 free relay (3:07.19) … earned a monogram.
AS A FRESHMAN: Talented freestyle specialist who earned three NCAA B-cuts in as many individual swims at the BIG EAST Championships in his first year … highlighted his season with a silver finish and all-BIG EAST honors in the 1,650 free (15:17.53), the third-best performance in the event in team history… took fourth place in the 500 free (4:24.43) at the BIG EAST Championships … finished 10th (1:37.68) in a loaded 200 free field at the same meet … recorded a lead-off split during the 1,650 free for the first 1,000 yards (9:14.59), the fourth-fastest time in that distance in team history … swam the 100 backstroke at the Hawkeye Invitational, recording a season-best time of 51.74 … participated in dual meets against Louisville, Northwestern, Purdue, Michigan State, and the quad meet against Michigan, Oakland, and TCU … earned a monogram.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Three-time letterwinner under head coach Carle Fierro at Rye (N.Y.) … All-American as a sophomore as part of the school’s 400 free relay squad … named to the all-state team in his sophomore and junior seasons … competes with the Hydroquatics Swim Team on the club level … summer National and Junior National qualifier … competed in 10K Open Water Nationals … member of the 2010-11 National Youth Team … scholastic All-American … full name is Kevin John Hughes … son of Lisa and John Hughes … youngest of three children … sister, Katie (Maryland), and brother, Michael (Boston College), have both swam at the collegiate level … graduated from the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in accounting.
Hughes’ Career Bests
|100 Free||45.19||Hawkeye Invitational (2013)|
|200 Free||1:36.34||ACC Championship (2014)|
|500 Free||4:23.26||ACC Championship (2014)|
|1,000 Free||9:14.59||BIG EAST (2012)|
|1,650 Free||15:14.70||ACC Championship (2014)|
|100 Back||51.27||Northwestern Invite (2013)|