Notre Dame dropped a spirited dual meet with Iowa at the Shamrock Invitational.

Stephens Breaks Pool Record In 200 Breast

Jan. 28, 2012

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Freshman Zachary Stephens reset a Rolfs Aquatic Center record by going 2:00.59 in the 200 breast Saturday during the final session of the Shamrock Invitational. Stephens’ performance bettered that of Notre Dame’s Dan Szilier, whose 2:01.01 in the event stood as the benchmark since 1998.

Frank Dyer continued his string of success with wins in the 200 and 100 free while Christopher Johnson (100 breast) and Wesley Mullins (200 fly) each added individual victories.

Iowa claimed the better end of the dual meet held under a championship format, 216-154.

“The Shamrock Invitational has been a great stepping stone for our program heading into the next few weeks,” Irish head coach Tim Welsh said. “Our goal was to get better each session, and judging by tonight’s results, we proved that we did just that.

“I’m very proud of all of our seniors and their efforts not only throughout this meet but the entire regular season.”

With the regular season in the books, the Irish (6-4) now prepare for the BIG EAST Conference Diving Championships (Feb. 10-12) held at Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool with the swimming portion spanning from Feb. 15-18.

200 Medley Relay: The day started with a third-place finish in 1:33.40 by the tandem of Petar Petrovic, Cameron Miller, Bill Bass and Kevin Overholt.

400 Individual Medley: Mullins breezed through in 4:00.96 for second-place honors … behind him was Patrick Olson (4:01.89) in third.

100 Fly: Conor Evans (49.88) pounded into the wall and placed second in front of Jack Donovan (50.84) and Bill Bass (50.91).

200 Free: An NCAA B-cut was recorded by Frank Dyer in 1:37.50 to win the race.

100 Breast: The event was dominated by Irish swimmers as Johnson (56.20) took first among the 12-person field … Miller (56.67) was second, Stephens (57.07) was third and Colin Babcock (57.49) was fourth … Patrick Sullivan (58.37) shelved a sixth-place result.

100 Back: Jonathan Whitcomb brought the heat in 50.32 for fourth as Marshall Sherman tapped fifth at 50.53.

800 Free Relay: Dyer, Bass, Overholt and John McGinley teamed for an NCAA B-cut in 6:40.76 to finish second overall.

3-meter Diving: Nick Nemetz (332.63) did enough for second place and Michael Kreft (320.03) was third off the high board … Ryan Koter (312.83) was fourth and Sean Rademaker (298.13) tallied a fifth-place showing.

1,650 Free: Manuel Belzer (15:28.85) broke the Rolfs Aquatic Center record which was set by Kansas’ Erik Jorgensen (15:32.37) in 1995 … Jimmy McEldrew (15:49.30) was the top finisher for Notre Dame, taking second ahead of Kevin Hughes (15:55.55).

200 Back: Bertie Nel (1:50.78) claimed fourth, just ahead of Whitcomb (1:50.87) and Sherman (1:51.34).

100 Free: Dyer racked his second win on the day in 44.47.

200 Breast: Stephens had the crowd on its feet and reset the pool record with a 2:00.59 … it was all Irish behind him as Miller (2:02.20) was second and Joshua Choi (2:04.79) was third.

200 Fly: Mullins led the pack in 1:50.56 and Evans drew one of the day’s loudest ovations by delivering a second-place effort in 1:50.68 … John Williamson (1:51.93) was fourth.

400 Free Relay: Stephens, Johnson, Williamson and Babcock surged to a 3:03.62 for third in the final race of the two-day event.