Nov. 9, 2017
BLOOMINGTON – A competitive tri-dual meet headed toward the final competition of the fall semester did little to slow down the University of Notre Dame men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams on Thursday. The No. 18 Irish women swept the day against No. 9 Indiana and Cincinnati, beating the host Hoosiers 123-120 and the Bearcats 205-38. The No. 13 Notre Dame men’s squad added a spirited split, downing Cincinnati 182-61 while staying neck-and-neck with No. 1 Indiana in a 146-95 defeat.
On the men’s side, Zachary Yeadon was a double-winner in both the 500 free (4:26.24) and 1000 free (9:05.21) events. Daniel Speers added a win in the 50 free, swimming a season-best time in competition of 20.22 for the race victory. Jack Montesi paced a 1-2 Notre Dame (5-2) finish in the 100 back by touching the wall in 49.16.
The Notre Dame (6-1) women’s squad featured strong performances across the board in its meet sweep. The ‘A’ entry in the 200 free relay of Abbie Dolan, Rachel Wittmer, Katie Smith and Carly Quast clocked in at 1:32.08 to take the event win over host Indiana. Dolan and the Irish claimed the top-four spots in the 100 free, as the Notre Dame sophomore posted a 49.30 time for the race victory. Dolan was a double-winner individually after adding a title in the 200 free, notching a season-best with a time of 1:45.94. Erin Sheehan claimed a share of the top time in the 100 fly, swimming a season-best 54.27 to tie for first place. Lindsay Stone added a Notre Dame win in the 1000 free, clocking a winning time of 9:56.17.
Coach Litzinger Said“Today was a great team win for our women. Our ladies were competitive every race and continued to find a way. It was exciting and every event from the 50 free to the 3m diving was contested. IU is a very well-coached team and tough team. I am proud of the women’s efforts, and am looking forward to our performances at Ohio State next weekend.
“Our men had a tall order to fill and fell a bit short. We still had some great swims and were solid on the boards. I am excited to see what we can do next week.”
Top Irish PerformancesWomen’s 200 Medley Relay – The Notre Dame ‘A’ entry of Carly Quast, Meghan O’Donnell, Cailey Grunhard and Sofia Revilak placed second with a time of 1:41.66. The ‘B’ Irish squad featuring Alice Treuth, Sherri McIntee, Erin Sheehan and Katie Smith claimed third in 1:42.98.
Men’s 200 Medley Relay – Notre Dame’s ‘B’ entry of Will Cumberland, Garrett Clarke, Matt Grauslys and Daniel Fujan claimed runner-up honors with a time of 1:31.94.
Women’s 1000 Freestyle – Lindsay Stone brought home a Notre Dame event win in 9:56.17. Molly Treble took runner-up honors after clocking in at 9:56.71, with Ellie Berdusco fifth after swimming the distance in 10:16.29.
Men’s 1000 Freestyle – Zachary Yeadon earned a four-second win on behalf of Notre Dame, touching the wall at 9:05.21. Sadler McKeen secured a fifth-place result with his time of 9:21.28.
Women’s 200 Freestyle – Abbie Dolan earned her first individual victory of the meet, clocking a winning time of 1:45.94. Lauren Heller placed third with a time of 1:48.74, with Skylar Fore in fourth at 1:49.69.
Men’s 200 Freestyle – Aaron Schultz was the top Notre Dame finisher in fourth with a time of 1:39.22. Tabahn Afrik was narrowly behind with a fifth-place time of 1:39.79.
Women’s 50 Freestyle – Notre Dame swept places two through four in the sprint distance. Kelly Jacob led the way for the Irish in 23.28. Sofia Revilak was third with a time of 23.30, and Rachel Wittmer placed fourth at 23.35.
Men’s 50 Freestyle – Daniel Speers notched a race victory for Notre Dame, posting a time of 20.22 for his fastest in competition in the distance this season. Justin Plaschka finished third after registering a time of 20.36.
Women’s 200 IM – Kyra Sarazen paced all Notre Dame finishers in fourth with a time of 2:04.71. Nicole Smith earned a share of fifth place with a time of 2:04.90.
Men’s 200 IM – Will Cumberland finished as the race runner-up with a time of 1:49.37. Nick Milikich placed third at 1:50.53, with Joe Turk in fourth after logging a time of 1:51.71.
Women’s 1-Meter Diving – Kelly Straub scored 279.45 points for Notre Dame to place second overall. Claire Andrews finished third with 269.05 points, with Erin Isola fifth with 248.30 points.
Men’s 1-Meter Diving – Joe Coumos scored a season-high 368.80 points to finish in third place.
Women’s 100 Butterfly – Erin Sheehan shared the race win with a time of 54.27. Rachel Wittmer checked in third with a time of 54.47, and Nicole Smith followed in fifth with a time of 55.08.
Men’s 100 Butterfly – Justin Plaschka was the event runner-up after clocking in at 48.08. Matt Grauslys placed third at 48.64, with Brendan Santana finishing fifth at 49.20.
Women’s 100 Freestyle – Abbie Dolan won her second individual event of the day with a time of 49.30. Skylar Fore was the runner-up behind Dolan at 50.75, with Lauren Heller in third at 51.01.
Men’s 100 Freestyle – Tabahn Afrik paced all Notre Dame swimmers with a runner-up time of 44.76.
Women’s 100 Back – Alice Treuth placed second overall in the event with a time of 54.20. Carly Quast claimed a share of third place in 55.21.
Men’s 100 Back – Jack Montesi led a strong Notre Dame effort with a winning time of 49.16. Will Cumberland followed in second after posting 49.34. Nick Milikich was fifth with a time of 50.57.
Women’s 500 Free – Molly Treble was the first Notre Dame competitor to the wall, placing second with a time of 4:52.10. Lindsay Stone finished third in 4:57.57, with Ellie Berdusco fifth after clocking in at 4:58.43.
Men’s 500 Free – Zachary Yeadon won his second distance race of the meet with a victorious time of 4:26.24. Sadler McKeen placed third overall with a time of 4:30.84.
Women’s 3-Meter Diving – Kelly Straub placed second after scoring a total of 281.95 points. Claire Andrews finished third with a score of 272.85 points.
Men’s 3-Meter Diving – Joe Coumos secured runner-up honors after scoring 381.90 points.
Women’s 100 Breast – Meaghan O’Donnell led all Notre Dame finishers in second place with a time of 1:01.79. Sherri McIntee placed third with a time of 1:03.32.
Men’s 100 Breast – Garrett Clarke paced Notre Dame in fourth place, notching a time of 56.40.
Women’s 200 Free Relay – The Notre Dame ‘A’ entry of Abbie Dolan, Rachel Wittmer, Katie Smith and Carly Quast clocked in at 1:32.08 to take the event win over host Indiana. The Irish ‘B’ entry of Kelly Jacob, Skylar Fore, Erin Sheehan and Nicole Smith took third in 1:32.84.
Men’s 200 Free Relay – The Notre Dame ‘A’ entry of Daniel Speers, Justin Plaschka, Tabahn Afrik and Daniel Fujan went to the wire against Indiana in a runner-up effort in 1:20.72.
Up NextNotre Dame finishes up competition in the fall semester at the Ohio State Invitational, scheduled for Nov. 17-19 in Columbus, Ohio.