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Irish Improve On Second Day Of ACC Championships

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — The University of Notre Dame men’s swim program continued its run at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships Thursday evening with eight individuals competing in finals and the 200 free relay touching the wall sixth.

Through three sessions, the Irish men are seventh in the conference standings, tallying 256 points.

“After a tough start yesterday or guys performed the way they have had to all year long — like a team,” Head Coach Mike Litzinger said.

Zach Yeadon opened the evening with a sixth place individual finish in the 500 free as he competed in the championship heat. Sadler McKeen represented the Irish in the consolation heat with a 4:17.35 finish while Max Miranda swam in the “C” final with a time of 4:21.36.

The evening continued with five members of the team competing in the 200 IM finals over three heats. Aaron Schultz led the team with an 11th place finish, touching the wall in 1:44.62 and Andrew Winton took 14th with a time of 1:46.01. Will Cumberland (19th, 1:45.67), Steven Shek (21st, 1:46.39) and Joseph Turk (23rd, 1:47.06) all swam in the “C” final for Notre Dame.

The final event of the day saw the men’s 200 free relay team of Tabahn Afrik, Aaron Schultz, Zach Smith and Matt Grauslys take sixth overall with a final time of 1:18.26. 

“Each athlete took ownership of their opportunity and really made the most of it,” he added. “I am especially proud of our sprint relay, as they defied some heavy odds, and found a way into the top 6 with a higher effort.

“Tomorrow is our ‘moving day’ as we have some great events that play to our teams strengths,” he concluded.

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The men are back in the pool Friday morning for 10 a.m. prelims before the finals begin at 6 p.m.

The final day of competition features the Irish making a final push in the ACC standings as they look to improve upon last year’s finish.