COLUMBUS, Ohio — The University of Notre Dame swimming and diving program wrapped the Ohio State Winter Invitational Sunday evening with another 16 top-five finishes include two individual wins and a sweep in the women’s 50 free.
For the second consecutive day, the Irish trio of Sofia Revilak, Kelly Jacob and Rachel Wittmer swept a freestyle event, taking first, second and third in today’s 50 free. They opened the morning with a sweep in the preliminary race before returning for the finals to post the same finish. Revilak and Jacob both improved upon their morning session time while Wittmer touched the wall in the same 23.19 seconds as she did in the prelims.
How It Happened
Becca Walton opened the evening finals off with a fourth place finish in the 1650 free when she touched the wall in 17:03.56.
Dan Bannon earned his first top-three finish of the day when he swam a 1:40.50 in the 200 free for third overall. The men also earned third in the following event as JP Becker finished the 200 back in 1:50.14.
After finishing third in the prelims Sunday morning, Luke Barrett dropped over two seconds off his seeded time in the 200 breast to earn silver in the event.
The women posted their first top-three finish of the evening with a sweep as Sofia Revilak, Kelly Jacob and Rachel Wittmer claimed the top spots in the 50 free with times of 22.77, 23.04 and 23.19, respectively.
Dan Fujan and Dan Bannon also placed in the top-five of the 50 free on the men’s side when Fujan touched the wall in 20.52 seconds for third and Bannon claimed fifth in 21.07 seconds.
Katie Rentz and Paige Kaplan earned the Irish two more top-five finishes when they finished third and fourth in the 200 fly, both dropping over a second in their finals swim.
Rachel Wittmer recorded the second Notre Dame gold as she finished first in the 200 IM by a time of 2:00.95.
The final Irish race of the day came in the men’s 200 IM as JP Becker finished second with a time of 1:50.45, followed by Luke Barrett in third with a mark of 1:54.34.
The Irish will compete at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships the next two weeks before they prepare for the NCAA Championships later in March.