July 23, 2017
By Leigh Torbin
BUDAPEST, Hungary – Rising senior Justin Plaschka kicked off the first of his four events at the 17th FINA World Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary on Sunday by swimming in the 50 meter butterfly, placing 41st in the world out of 82 entrants in a time of 24.62.
Plaschka will represent Jamaica three more times this week on this year’s grandest global stage, competing in the 100 meter freestyle on Wednesday, and in both the 50 meter freestyle and 100 meter butterfly on Friday. Plaschka holds the Jamaican record in all four events and is the Notre Dame record holder in the 50 meter freestyle and the 100 meter butterfly.
Plaschka earned a pair of All-America honors this past season for the Irish along with a spot on the All-ACC team.
“We are very proud of all Justin’s accomplishments this season,” head coach Mike Litzinger said. “However, the opportunity to represent your country at the World Championships puts you within the elite among the swimming community. I know Justin will represent Jamaica and Notre Dame well.” –ND–
Leigh Torbin, athletics communications assistant director at the University of Notre Dame, has been part of the Fighting Irish athletics communications team since 2013. A native of Framingham, Massachusetts, Torbin graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management. He has previously worked full-time on the athletic communications staffs at Vanderbilt, Florida, Connecticut and UCF.