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Irish Make Splash On First Day

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Notre Dame men’s swim and dive program opened up competition at the NCAA Men’s Championships with three points as Zach Yeadon finished fourteenth overall in the 500 free.

“It was a very solid swim by Zach tonight,” head coach Mike Litzinger said. “I thought he showed great poise at the end of his race, which bodes well for his 1650 free on Saturday. It is a very tough field and getting an opportunity to swim again in the evening is an accomplishment we can all be proud of.”

The championship veteran, Yeadon, qualified for the evening 500 free finals after clocking in a time of 4:14.37 during the early prelims.

Two Irish men made their debut at the NCAA Championships during the morning session as Aaron Schultz and Marci Barta competed in the 200 IM. Schultz, who earned his place at the meet after a record swim at the Boiler-Make-It meet earlier in March finished first for the Irish and fourth in his heat, touching the wall in 1:44.81. Barta swam to a sixth place finish alongside his teammate, finishing in 1:46.98.

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The Irish return to the pool Friday morning as Marci Barta swims the 400 IM and Aaron Schultz competes in the 100 fly.

Josh Bottelberghe will also make his first splash in the championship meet in the 100 breast.