NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame swimming and diving program saw great success through the 2018-19 season including an undefeated season for the women and many records fall. With their 10-0-1 season, the women boast a two year total of 22-1-1. Their lone loss came against the No. 5 Texas A&M Aggies in October of 2017. Since then the team is 20-0-1.
In their first dual meet of the new year, the Irish women set six Arc Pool records at the University of Illinois as the team defeated the Illini 200-100. They also earned a victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes at the meet, scoring 204 points to their 95. Luciana Thomas (200 fly), ALice Treuth (200 back) and Erin Sheehan (100 fly) recorded individual pool bests, while Lindsay Stone (500 free, 1,000 free) set two records with her events. The 400 free relay comprised of Lauren Heller, Carly Quast, Erin Sheehan and Sofia Revilak set the final record of the day as they touched the wall in 3:26.16.
Hosting their final meet of the season, the women topped the standings at the Shamrock Invitational while the men finished second, accumulating 826.50 points. With five teams competing at the annual event, the women defeated Akron, Ohio State, Iowa and Missouri State. The men defeated Iowa and Missouri State, bested only by Ohio State. The teams combined for five pool records over the three session meet including individual pool bests by Lindsay Stone and Carly Quast.
Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, the Irish had 10 individuals boasting top-25 times in the nation, holding a total of 25 individual top-times as well as six relays near towards the top. Sophomore Zach Yeadon leads the group with three times in the top-10, including third in both the 1,000 and 1,650 free while also clocking in at seventh-best in the 500 free. Owning the Rolfs Pool record in the 400 IM, Marci Barta has the second fastest time in the nation this year behind Michigan’s Charlie Swanson.
The team was also recognized for their academic success through the fall semester as announced by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) on January 22. The women earned a team grade point average of 3.42 to receive Scholar All-America status and the men posted a 3.16 score to earn the honors. To be considered for CSCAA Scholar All-America a team must have a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The cumulative team GPA includes all eligible varsity student-athletes.
Notre Dame enters the championship season on a high after posting a sweep over Michigan State in their final dual meet of the season. The first session of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championships begin Wednesday (February 20) with the women’s and diving portion. After that meet concludes February 23, the men will take to Greensboro, North Carolina for their own conference championships, February 27-March 2.