Feb. 11, 2017
By Sinhue Mendoza
Columbus, Ohio. - The Notre Dame swimming and diving team put together a strong start in first-day action of the 2017 Ohio State Winter Invitational. A number of Irish student-athletes clocked their best times of the 2016-17 season.
Men’s 100-yard Breaststroke
Ben Gorski won the event with a time of 53.59. The first-place finish was his best time of the year and earned him a NCAA B-Cut. Earlier in the day in the preliminaries Steven Shek and Rex Riley swam their best times this season and earned NCAA B-Cut times with Shek timing in at 55.03, and Riley coming in at 55.32. Going into the meet Notre Dame had only earned one B-Cut time in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Men's 400-yard IM
Aidan Sweeney's time of 3:52.66 earned him a NCAA B- Cut time in the event.
Men's 100-yard Butterfly
David Stewart earned a second-place finish in the men's 100-yard butterfly with a time of 47.89. Stewart not only registered a season-best time but his swim also earned an NCAA B-Cut.
Men's 100-yard Freestyle
Dan Fujan's time of 44.21 was good for second place, his best time of the season and also earned him an NCAA B-Cut. Teammate Billy Barth had a season-best swim of 44.32 and nearly earned an NCAA B-Cut.
Women's 400-yard IM
Paige Kaplan came in second in the event with her best time this season clocking in at 4:22.83.
COACH LITZINGER'S THOUGHTS
On tonight's performance...
"We had excellent prelims and finals today with many lifetime best performances and NCAA B-Cut qualifying times. We'll return tomorrow ready to continue building on our great performances."
On what stood out to him ...
"We had standout performances by Molly Barry, Carolyn Kammeyer, Ben Gorski, Dave Stewart, Dan Fujan and Billy Barth.
OHIO STATE WINTER INVITATIONAL MEET NOTES
- Molly Barry came in third out of 11 in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:52.98. Teammate Ellie Berdusco wasn't too far behind with a time of 4:54.89. It was both Barry and Berdusco's best times in the event this season.
- Claire DeSelm came in third in the women's 100-yard butterfly clocking a time of 56.17. It was DeSelm's best time this season in the competition.
Notre Dame continues competition in the Ohio State Winter Invitational Sunday with the first event starting at 4 p.m. ET.
Fans can follow live results of the meet through the Live Stats Link, as well as through both team Twitter accounts, @NDWSwimDive and @NDMensswimdive. A complete recap of the day's action will get posted to und.com at the conclusion of the meet.