Nov. 4, 2016
PITTSBURGH — The Notre Dame swimming and diving program leads both Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh after the first day of competition at Trees Pool on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The men are ahead of Virginia Tech 85-82 and Pittsburgh 116-51, while the women lead Virginia Tech 86-81 and Pittsburgh 115-52.
“What a great competition both teams are in right now,” said Head Coach Mike Litzinger. “All three teams are swimming and diving to win. Tonightour men and women have been tested in every way possible this evening and have responded beautifully! This is a great example of ACC competition!”
“Tomorrowwill be just as competitive,” added Litzinger. “Our Men have a slight edge over Virginia Tech by three points and our women by five over Virginia Tech. We will have to be on our game if we want to come out on top.”
SWIMS OF THE DAY:
Women’s and Men’s 200 Backstroke:
Alice Treuth and Robert Whitacre delivered first-place showings in the women’s and men’s 200 backstroke with times of 1:56.57 and 1:45.28, respectively. Both times were NCAA B-cut performances. Whitacre’s time is the fifth fastest time in the nation entering today while Trueth’s performance ranks her ninth in the country entering the day.
Kyra Sarazen joined Treuth with her own NCAA B-cut performance of 1:58.67 in the event as she finished in third-place overall.
OTHER NOTABLE SWIMS:
Men’s 100 Freestyle:
The trio of Tabahn Afrik, Reed Fujan and Justin Plaschka swept the 100 freestyle with performances of 44.30, 45.09 and 45.22, respectively.
Women’s 100 Breaststroke:
Meaghan O’Donnell continued her season-long success in the 100 breaststroke with her first individual win of the meet, stopping the clock at 1:02.17.
Men’s 100 Butterfly:
The Irish duo of Plaschka and Matthew Grauslys touched the pad in first and second-place overall in the 100 butterfly with performances of 48.26 and 48.47, respectively. Plaschka’s performance was his second NCAA B-cut of the meet. Both swims were within the top 30 times in the nation entering today.
Women’s 1,000 Freestyle:
Rebecca Walton dropped over 11 seconds in the 1,000 freestyle from last week as she touched the pad in 10:08.17. Walton’s performance makes her the fourth fastest performer in the event in Notre Dame history.
NCAA `B’ CUT TIMES:
Sofia Revilak, 100 Butterfly, 54.28
Alice Treuth, 200 Backstroke, 1:56.57
Kyra Sarazen, 200 Backstroke, 1:58.67
Catherine Mulquin, 100 Backstroke, 54.80 (lead-off split)
Justin Plaschka, 50 Freestyle, 20.00 (lead-off split)
Justin Plaschka, 100 Butterfly, 48.26
Robert Whitacre, 200 Backstroke, 1:45.28
Women’s 200 Medley Relay
The quartet of Katie Smith, Abbie Dolan, Kelly Jacob and Catherine Mulquin recorded the first Irish victory of the meet with their 1:33.07 performance. The Irish B relay of Sofia Revilak, Erin Sheehan, Danielle Margheret and Lauren Heller took fourth for Notre Dame in 1:34.16.
Men’s 200 Medley Relay
Plaschka, Afrik, Reed Fujan and Daniel Fujan combined for the second straight Irish victory with a 1:23.56 showing. Plaschka’s lead-off split of 20.00 was a season best and an NCAA B cut. His performance is the 13th fastest time in the country entering the day.
Women’s 400 IM
Katie Miller was the first Notre Dame swimmer to the wall in a time of 4:23.30, which was good for second overall.
Men’s 400 IM
Kevin Bradley was the Irish’s top overall finisher with his 3:58.38 showing. Bradley’s performance, which was his fastest of the season, earned a fourth place finish. His time was also tied for the 20th fastest time in the nation entering today. Nick Milikich and Aidan Sweeney finished in seventh and eighth place with times of 4:01.11 and 4:01.20, respectively.
Women’s 100 Butterfly
Revilak registered an NCAA B-cut standard with her time of 54.28. Revilak took second overall in the event and her time is tied for the 24th fastest performance in the nation entering today. Dolan (55.50) and Sheehan (55.91) took third and fourth overall for Notre Dame.
Men’s 100 Breaststroke
Trent Jackson and Steven Shek swam to season best times of 55.56 and 56.09, respectively. Their times were good for second and fourth overall.
Women’s 100 Freestyle
Dolan (50.06) and Heller (51.15) collected second and third place finishes in the event. Jacob finished in fifth overall with her time of 51.57.
Men’s 1,000 Freestyle
Richard Mannix led Notre Dame with his 9:18.69 performance, a season-best time. Benjamin Jany registered a time of 9:26.93, taking fourth overall.
Women’s 400 Medley Relay
Mulquin’s lead-off split of 54.80 was an NCAA B-cut standard. Mulquin was joined by O’Donnell, Revilak and Dolan en route to a first place overall finish in a time of 3:39.99. Treuth teamed with Margheret, Smith and Heller for a fourth place showing (3:45.30).
Men’s 400 Medley Relay
The foursome of Whitacre, Jackson, Plaschka and Afrik took first for Notre Dame in 3:15.72. The B-relay of Montesi, Shek, Grauslys and R. Fujan had strong performance, taking third overall (3:17.58).
Women’s 3-meter Diving
Erin Isola (260.25) and Annie Crea (257.90) paced the Irish with their fifth and sixth-place overall finishes, respectively.
Men’s 1-meter Diving
Joseph Coumos was the top Irish finisher off the one-meter board, totaling 311.65 points and finishing in fifth place overall.