Lindsay Stone

Irish Swim And Dive Recognized In CSCAA Preseason Poll

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) released their first TYR Top-25 of the season yesterday (October 10) and the Notre Dame women ranked 18th overall and fourth among ACC teams, behind only Louisville, Virginia and NC State. After finishing last season with both teams ranked 19th in the nation, the women moved up one spot in the preseason poll. The men ranked 23rd in the nation in the preseason poll, and fifth in the conference.

“Starting off the season with a national ranking of #18 and #23 is a great starting point for us,” head coach Mike Litzinger said of the recognition. “We are recognized by our peers, and in the national landscape of our sport. From here on out, it is what we do to deserve or in essence improve that ranking which will count.”

All three opponents from their first dual meet of the season found themselves in the rankings as well as the Irish women took down Kentucky (14th), Missouri (15th) and tied Indiana (sixth) yesterday.

“Our performances yesterday were very indicative of early season swimming and diving,” he said. “What I saw from our women yesterday is what made them successful last season, depth, quality and a team attitude. That showed as we had a great outing under some interesting circumstances [mid week, 10am start].

“The men will have growing to do as a group. We are very young, and it will be exciting to see this team evolve as the season goes on. Our men are very used to success, especially in dual meets. Having the patience to let our training take hold, and learning how to maximize our strengths will take some time,” Litzinger concluded.

This season, Notre Dame swimming and diving is set to compete against two other top-25 teams, as Ohio State is ranked 16 (men) and 17 (women) and Purdue’s men are 20th.

The Irish will host Purdue in their first home meet of the season, welcoming the Boliermakers on October 26 for an evening dual meet.