July's news and notes on the Notre Dame men's swimming and diving team
First day of racing begins Thursday at 11 a.m. (CT)
Junior All-American Zach Stephens sets second meet record in winning the 200 breaststroke
Notre Dame swimmers score two race wins, five more school records on Friday night
Notre Dame set three team bests on Thursday, and is in fifth place overall
Photos from all three days of competition at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Swam lead leg on 200 medley relay A-team ... also competed in 100 back and 100 fly ... earned personal bests in every event he swam ... clocked best time in 50 free (20.84) at Hawkeye Invitational, finishing ninth in the preliminary race ... finished in 21.81 in 50 free at Shamrock Invitational ... seventh in tri-meet with Michigan State and Virginia in 50 free (22.26) ... swam lead leg in 400 free relay twice, finishing fifth (3:06.45) in tri-meet with Northwestern and Michigan, and 10th (3:13.78) against Auburn and Indiana ... in 200 medley relay, team finished fifth (1:25.46) at Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship meet ... previously won 200 medley relay (1:26.11) at Hawkeye Invitational meet in December .... in dual meet against former BIG EAST rival Louisville, 200 medley relay came in second (1:29.89) ... clinched first place against Wisconsin in 200 medley relay (1:29.14) ... touched the wall in 200 medley relay in second place (1:30.26) at Shamrock Invitational ... 200 medley relay team came in third in tri-meets against Auburn and Indiana (1:30.09) and versus Northwestern and Michigan (1:30.86) ... once again came in first against Michigan State and Virginia in 200 medley relay (1:30.54) ... swam lead leg in 400 medley relay twice, coming in first at Hawkeye Invitational (3:11.15) and second at Shamrock Invitational (3:19.41) ... individually, came in fourth in 100 back (48.07) at Hawkeye Invitational ... was second in 100 back in meets against Louisville (49.99), Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech (50.01) ... at ACC Championship, finished just shy of the top 12 in 100 back, clocking in at 48.05 ... in 200 back, finished in 1:45.36 at conference championships ... in last two home meets of the year, finished seventh in 200 back (1:50.86) at the Shamrock Invitational before finishing in first the following week against Cleveland State ... was fifth in sole outing in 100 breast (1:01.19) at Cleveland State meet ... was one of six Irish swimmers to earn honorable mention College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All-American award ... earned a monogram.
AS A FRESHMAN: Had an impressive freshman campaign as a member of the 200 and 400 medley relay team that participated in the NCAA Championships ... notched season-best times at the BIG EAST Championships in numerous events including the 100 fly prelims (49.38), 100 back (48.80), 200 back (1:48.18), and a 50 back relay split (22.37) ... picked up a first-place finish and school record as member of the 200 medley relay (1:26.33) at the BIG EAST Championships ... runner-up finish in 400 medley relay (3:19.95) at the Shamrock Invitational, and also finished second in 200 medley relay (1:30.86) ... took the 200 medley relay crown three times in dual meets (Cleveland State, Louisville, and Pittsburgh) ... BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... earned a monogram.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Six-time Turkish National medalist ... 14th-place finish in the 50m back at the 2011 European Juniors in Belgrade, Serbia ... ranked 15th in the 100m back at the 2011 World Youth Championships in Lima, Peru ... swam with the Camden Swiss Cottage club team, reaching third in the national rankings in 2008 ... four-time letterwinner in swimming at Woodhouse College in London ... member of four conference and regional championship teams ... served as team captain his senior year ... lettered in soccer as a freshman and sophomore ... club went undefeated in both seasons ... son of Debbie Ayhan ... has one older sibling, Metin ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business.
Ayhan's Career Bests