Oct. 21, 2016
Strong start for Fighting Irish in Day 1 of Dual Meet Against No.22 Georgia Tech
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The No. 14 Notre Dame Swimming and Diving team opened its ACC meet season on Friday at No. 22 Georgia Tech putting together a strong performance for the first day of their two-day tilt with the Yellow Jackets. After one day of competition at the McAuley Aquatic Center the women lead 121-27, while the men trail the Yellow Jackets 77-71 midway through the two- day contest. Head Coach Mike Litzinger likes what he sees from his top 15 nationally ranked squad.
“This has been an excellent opportunity for our teams. At the midway point our Women are in control and our Men are in a dogfight.”
The Notre Dame Women’s relay team of Katie Smith, Abbie Dolan, Kelly Jacob, and Catherine Mulquin got the team going early earning a first place finish in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:32.03. Teammates Sofia Revilak, Erin, Sheehan, Danielle Margheret, and Lauren Heller finished third overall in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:34.76.
Individually, the Irish had a great evening. Junior Molly Treble finished first in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 4:54.87. Senior Katie Miller also came in first in the 200 yard individual timing at 2:04.46. Sophomore Meghan O’Donnell also earned a first place in the 100 Yard breaststroke clocking in at 1:01.88. Sophomore Alice Treuth placed first timing in at 1:57.41. All around coach Litzinger was pleased with his women’s squad.
“Our relays have been dominant and individual swims by Molly Treble, Katie Miller, Meghan O’Donnell and Alice Treuth have stood out.”
Highlighting the men was Junior Richard Mannix who netted a first for his team in the 500 yard freestyle touching the wall at 4:30.54. Junior Robby Whitacre also scored a first in the 200 yard Backstroke timing in at 1:47.72.
On the board Junior Joe Cuomos earned some hard earned points on the 1 meter men’s springboard with a score of 323.85.
Litzinger recognized his team has its work to do in day two but is excited for his squad to come out with a strong effort.
“The men have their work cut out for them, we are down five points heading into day 2, but that could be easily made up. Richard Mannix led a strong distance effort, Rob Whitacre in the back, and Joe Coumos on the 1 meter did a terrific job. Tomorrow the team that has
a stronger will can get the job done!”
The team is in action tomorrow morning to finish off the two-day dual event at 11 a.m. ET. Fans can follow our twitter accounts: @NDWSwimdive and @NDMensswimdive for meet results