GREENSBORO, N.C. —The University of Notre Dame men’s swimming program opened competition at the 2019 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships Wednesday afternoon. The men entered the meet with 79 points following the diving portion of events last week.
The men jump-started the meet with a ninth place finish in the 200 medley relay, touching the wall in 1:25.77, before they claimed sixth in the 800 free with a Notre Dame record time of 6:19.29.
“We are off to a solid start highlighted by a Notre Dame school record in the 800 free relay,” Head Coach Mike Litzinger said. “However, it is important for our guys to realize this meet will take shape over the next 6 sessions, and we need to take each one as a separate meet. Tomorrow we have some great events and need to capitalize on them.”
Jack Montesi led off the 200 medley relay for the Irish, earning a split time of 21.74 seconds in the 50 back. The relay, comprised of Montesi, Matthew Limbache, Zach Smith and Tabahn Afrik shaved over half a second off their seeded time for the top-10 finish.
Sadler McKeen (1:34.93), Aaron Schultz (1:33.68), Zach Yeadon (1:34.45) and Marci Barta (1:36.23) combined to post a new school record in the 800 free relay of 6:19.29 to wrap the first day of the men’s meet in 10th place overall.
The men are back in the pool on Thursday for day two of the conference championships. The preliminary heats are set to begin at 10 a.m. before finals at 6 p.m.
The four day event continues Friday and Saturday with the finals for both nights being aired on the ACC Network and WatchESPN.