Oct. 31, 2009
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving team picked up two dual meet wins Saturday to improve to 3-0 on the season. Victories over Cleveland State (178-122) and Miami University (232.50-67.50) helped the program celebrate the 25th anniversary of varsity competition in the Rolfs Aquatic Center.
“The season is building and we were quite pleased with the improvements we saw today,” Irish head coach Tim Welsh said. “We’re looking forward to keeping the improvement going and we were very proud of the guys today. The next two meets on the road will be a challenge, but we’ll be ready for that when it comes.”
Notre Dame now travels to Purdue (Nov. 6) and Pittsburgh (Nov. 13) to wrap up the dual meet portion of the fall schedule.
200 Medley Relay: Marshall Sherman (23.99) broke out to a half-body lead after the 50 Back for the Irish … Joseph Raycroft (25.29) and Bill Bass (22.78) kept the field at bay … Andrew Hoffman (20.57) put away the race with a strong freestyle leg to stop the clock at 1:32.63 … the Irish team of Petar Petrovic, Christopher Johnson, MacKenzie LeBlanc, and Kevin Overholt finished fifth in 1:36.18.
1,000 Freestyle: Andrew Deters (9:37.06) and Ryan Belecanech (9:43.52) took the second and third spots to secure points for the Irish … Stefan Prendergast (9:55.42) swam to a first-heat win to take seventh overall.
200 Freestyle: John Lytle and Overholt led the field after the midway mark … they continued to distance themselves through the finish … Lytle (1:41.28) touched first to win and was followed by Overholt (1:42.87) who drove in to the wall to complete the 1-2 sweep of the second heat … John McGinley scored third-place points touching in at 1:43.21 from the first heat.
100 Backstroke: Petrovic took a narrow lead after the first 50 yards and used a strong final length to take the win in 50.52 … Sherman recorded a 52.31 to gain third-place points for the Irish … Christopher Wills turned in a 53.09 from the first heat to place fourth.
100 Breaststroke: Johnson took a slight lead into the final 50, but was out-touched by Cleveland State’s Jakub Dobies for the victory … Dobies turned in a 57.06 to Johnson’s 57.38 … Mason Weber (59.29) won the first heat and took fourth overall … Raycroft came in at fifth with a 59.32.
200 Butterfly: LeBlanc took an early lead on the field … on the final 50, he opened a full body length lead on the second-place finisher in the heat to win in 1:53.37 … Wesley Mullins cruised to a 1:54.20 to win the first heat and take second overall … Notre Dame’s Jordan Berry took fourth place points with a 1:55.94.
50 Freestyle: Cleveland State’s Berry Thompson won the splash and dash in 21.26 … he was followed closely by Hoffman who tied for second in 21.36 with Miami’s Dave Brown … David Anderson touched in at 21.91 for seventh place.
100 Freestyle: Lytle took the lead from the breakout and did not look back as he swam to glory in a commanding time of 45.50 … McGinley followed him to the wall to finish second in 46.75 to sweep the top two spots.
200 Breaststroke: Cleveland State’s Dobies (2:05.88) and Deni Gasparin took first and second in the race … Raycroft (2:07.62), Koppel (2:09.81), and Belecanech (2:11.03) took third through fifth.
500 Freestyle: Overholt turned in a second-place time from the first heat, recording a 4:39.70 … Deters (4:42.02) and LeBlanc (4:42.23) took third and fourth.
100 Butterfly: Cleveland State’s Todd Winchell won first with a 50.87 … Bill Bass (51.59) and Berry (52.08) followed in pursuit to take second and third …Tylor Gauger turned in a sixth place finish from the first heat in 53.31.
1-meter Diving: Caleb Dunnichay picked up the win with 304.90 points … Villaflor (304.75) was a close second.
200 Individual Medley: Cleveland State’s Gasparin took first from the second heat, hitting the wall at 1:55.68 … Gauger slipped in from the first heat to record second-place points, touching the pad at 1:56.13 … Sullivan came in fourth with his time of 1:56.94.
400 Freestyle Relay: Notre Dame’s `A’ and `B’ relays proved to be double trouble for the field as they commanded the race from start to finish … the squad of Lytle, Overholt, LeBlanc, and Hoffman pulled ahead of their Irish brothers to win the finale of the evening in at time of 3:07.71 … the squad of Bass, Thomas Van Volkenburg, McGinley, and Patrick Lloyd took the consolation prize with their time of 3:08.86.