Sept. 8, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – With a blend of traditional meets and new foes, University of Notre Dame swimming men’s head coach Matt Tallman and women’s head coach Mike Litzinger have crafted a challenging meet schedule for their teams in 2015-16.
Both teams start the year off at home with the traditional Dennis Stark Relays, slated for Oct. 9. Named for the first head coach of both teams, this year’s meet – the 51st meet of its kind – won’t feature Coach Stark starting the first race, as he passed away last December at the age of 92.
From there, the teams will leave for fall break training trips, with the men’s team trekking out to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. and the women’s team traveling to Fort Myers, Fla.
Both teams will face Michigan State at home on Oct. 30, with the first of two trips to Virginia slated for the following week. The women’s team is also scheduled for a day trip on Oct. 31 down to West Lafayette, Ind. to face Purdue and Ohio State in a triangle meet.
On Nov 6-7, the Irish square off with Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center, giving both teams a chance to experience championship-style swim meets.
Both teams wrap up the fall schedule at the Boilermaker Invitational, a three-day meet held at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center Nov. 20-22. Afterwards, both the men’s and women’s squads will take a second training trip over Christmas break to get ready for the postseason.
The Irish start the new year in Virginia with a two-day meet scheduled Jan. 8-9, returning to the Rolfs Aquatic Center Jan. 16 to face Big Ten foe Northwestern. Both teams conclude the regular season at home Jan. 29-30, with the Shamrock Invitational meet honoring the senior class.
The women’s team travels to Greensboro, N.C. first, for the ACC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships Feb. 17-20. Both men’s and women’s diving will be contested during this time as well. The men’s team will fly down the following week, for the ACC Men’s Swimming Championships held Feb. 24-27.
The women’s team will have a Last Chance Qualifier meet Feb. 27-28, while the men’s team has their Last Chance Meet Mar. 5-6. A location has yet to be announced.
The women’s season concludes at the NCAA Championships March 17-19 in Atlanta, Ga. at the Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center. Coach Tallman’s squad will travel to Atlanta the following week (Mar. 24-26) for the men’s championship.
— Lizzie Mikes, Media Services Coordinator