Nov. 19, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – A weekend of fast swims, NCAA B-cut times and program records concluded on Sunday for the University of Notre Dame men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams. The Irish men’s and women’s sides each closed the Ohio State Fall Open Invitational in third place after three days of competition at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
Women’s freshman Lindsay Stone established a Notre Dame record swim in the 1650 freestyle, logging a 16:14.00 time during the event finals. Classmate Zach Yeadon also posted the fastest Irish men’s 1650 time during his finals swim, touching the wall in 14:47.18 to best the previous mark by 20 seconds.
The Notre Dame ‘A’ women’s 400 free relay brought home a race victory to cap the meet for the Irish. Abbie Dolan, Carly Quast, Skylar Fore and Sofia Revilak swam the fastest time in the distance thus far this season in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) with a final readout of 3:16.50.
Notre Dame heads into its midseason competitive break as the end of the fall semester draws near. The Irish officially return to the pool on January 12, 2018 against Iowa and Illinois in Iowa City.
Coach Litzinger Said
“It was a fantastic weekend of competition, and it was just the challenge our group needed heading into the holidays and final exams.”
“We have a lot to be excited about after the weekend, but I am looking forward to meeting with our staff, making adjustment and focusing on some great training.”
Top Irish Performances
Women’s 1650 Freestyle Finals – Lindsay Stone placed sixth overall in the event with a Notre Dame record swim in the distance, bettering the previous top time by nearly 10 full seconds (16:14.00). Stone’s 1000 split of 9:47.76 was also good enough for an Irish record as part of her NCAA B-cut. Molly Treble finished eighth with an NCAA B-cut time of 16:29.36 (9:55.47 split).
Men’s 1650 Freestyle Finals – Zach Yeadon claimed runner-up honors after demolishing the Notre Dame record in the distance by 20 full seconds with an NCAA B-cut time of 14:47.18. Yeadon’s 1000 split of 8:56.18 was also an Irish record. Richard Mannix finished eighth with a B-cut time of 15:24.40 (1000 split of 9:19.44). Sadler McKeen chipped in the third Notre Dame NCAA B-cut of the event, finishing 10th in 15:27.28 (9:22.59 split).
Women’s 200 Backstroke Finals – Alice Treuth paced all Notre Dame finishers with a sixth-place time of 1:55.04. Treuth claimed an NCAA B-cut with the top Irish time of the season in prelims at 1:54.77. Carly Quast touched in ninth with a B-cut readout of 1:56.42, while Kyra Sarazen placed 16th in 1:58.15 for an NCAA B-cut.
Men’s 200 Backstroke Finals – Rob Whitacre rolled to third with a finals time of 1:41.79, after earning an NCAA B-cut with a 1:41.40 time in prelims earlier in the day. Will Cumberland notched a seventh-place result after reaching the wall in 1:45.89 for an NCAA B-cut. Jack Montesi finished 11th overall but first in the ‘B’ final, taking home a B-cut with a finals swim of 1:45.41.
Women’s 100 Freestyle Finals – Abbie Dolan capped the ‘A’ final with a fourth-place finish, posting a time of 49.26. Dolan notched an NCAA B-cut with a 49.14 effort in the prelims. Skylar Fore earned an NCAA B-cut with a finals time of 49.83 to finish eighth.
Men’s 100 Freestyle Finals – Daniel Speers led all Notre Dame finishers in sixth place, posting an NCAA B-cut time of 43.52. Tabahn Afrik placed ninth in 44.19, adding a prelim B-cut swim of 43.92.
Women’s 200 Breaststroke Finals – Meaghan O’Donnell finished seventh overall with a time of 2:15.26, also posting a prelim B-cut of 2:14.83. Sherri McIntee snagged 14th place with a B-cut swim of 2:15.94.
Men’s 200 Breaststroke Finals – Ben Gorski was the top Notre Dame finisher, placing 10th with a time of 2:01.37.
Women’s 200 Butterfly Finals – Nicole Smith nearly reached a Notre Dame program record in the finals heat, claiming runner-up honors with an NCAA B-cut time of 1:57.01.
Men’s 200 Butterfly Finals – Aaron Schultz placed fifth with a time of 1:45.71, the fastest by Notre Dame this season and an NCAA B-cut. Matt Grauslys finished seventh with a finals swim of 1:46.54, claiming a B-cut in prelims in 1:46.15.
Women’s 400 Free Relay Finals – The Notre Dame ‘A’ entry of Abbie Dolan, Carly Quast, Skylar Fore and Sofia Revilak swam to an event victory in 3:16.50, which finished under the provisional threshold for NCAA Championship qualification.
Men’s 400 Free Relay Finals – The Notre Dame ‘A’ entry of Tabahn Afrik, Justin Plaschka, Aaron Schultz and Daniel Speers took third with the fastest Notre Dame time of the year in 2:54.33.
Women’s Platform Diving Finals – Kelly Straub led the way for Notre Dame in fourth place, scoring 231.15 points.
Men’s Platform Diving Finals – Peter Myers scored 258.50 points to finish 15th overall.