July's news and notes on the Notre Dame men's swimming and diving team
Notre Dame places 30th in national championship meet
Notre Dame senior qualifies for 'A' final heat for second time in his career
Notre Dame senior scores first Irish points of the NCAA meet
Notre Dame senior All-American bests time set at last season's NCAA meet
All photos courtesy of Ken Overholt
Mens and Womens swimming host the Shamrock Invitation January 28th and 29th.
AS A SENIOR: Had exemplary season as one of two captains ... set new program record in 800 free relay at ACC Championships (6:21.74), good for third place and earned a trip to the NCAA Championships ... swam 50, 100 and 200 free, 100 and 200 breast, 100 fly and 200 and 400 IM ... was lead member of 200 free relay at NCAA Championships that finished 26th (1:20.93) ... earned a pair of second-place finishes in 50 free at back-to-back home meets ... in 100 free always placed in top 10 ... was first against Wisconsin (45.81) and Cleveland State (46.00) and third (46.15) in tri-meet with Northwestern and Michigan ... led the 400 free relay team to third-place finish at Dennis Stark Relays (46.40 split, 3:06.85) ... clocked in at 46.71 in 100 free against Purdue ... member of 800 free relay that finished 19th at NCAA Championships (6:26.18) ... finished third in 200 free against Air Force (1:43.12) ... was fifth in 100 breast at ACC Championship meet (53.43), setting new personal best ... came in third at Hawkeye Invite in 100 breast (53.65) ... repeated third-place finish against Louisville in same event (55.36) ... was first against Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech (55.76) ... clocked in at 2:10.00, good for 24th at ACC Championships in 200 breast ... was second against Air Force in 200 breast (2:09.74) ... swam 100 fly in 51.07 at Shamrock Invite ... came in seventh in 200 IM (1:45.68) at ACC Championships with a new personal best ... was first in 200 IM at Hawkeye Invitational (1:46.48) ... was first in 400 IM against Cleveland State (4:05.99) ... named College Swimming Coaches Association (CSCA) Honorable Mention Scholar-All-American ... monogram winner.
AS A JUNIOR: Was one of four team captains that helped lead Notre Dame to its sixth and final BIG EAST Championship ... competed primarily in the 200 and 400 IM ... recorded a season-best fifth-place finish in the 400 IM (3:52.87) at the BIG EAST Championships - time was the fifth-best in program history ... also placed third in the 200 IM (1:46.40) which was good for a career-best, and was the third fastest Notre Dame time ... swam to a first-place finish in the 100 breast (56.11) vs. Cleveland State ... took first in the 100 breast (55.71) and the 200 breast (2:04.25) vs. Pittsburgh ... at the Shamrock Invitational, collected four top-five finishes, touching the wall in the 400 medley relay in 3:25.61, the 200 breast in 2:03.75, the 200 fly in 1:52.09, and the 200 IM in 1:52.19 ... Charles Blanchard Award recipient for the second straight season ... BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... monogram winner.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Breaststroke and individual medley specialist who garnered All-BIG EAST honors in his second collegiate year ... posted career-best times while earning fifth-place points at the BIG EAST Championships in both the 100 breast (54.53) and the 200 IM (1:47.77), recording NCAA B-cuts in each event ... moved up to third-place all-time for the Irish in 200 IM history ... touched seventh in the 400 IM (3:53.17) to earn another lifetime best at the same meet ... nearly cleared the two-minute barrier in a time-trial swim in the 200 breast (2:00.90), his best career swim by nearly three seconds ... assisted the 800 freestyle relay (6:24.11) to a silver finish and All-BIG EAST honors ... placed in the top eight in two events at the Hawkeye Invitational, touching in at fifth in the 100 breast (56.19) and eighth in the 200 IM (1:49.88) ... took second place honors in the 100 breast (56.92) in dual meet action against Michigan State ... garnered silver in the 200 breast (2:04.87) against league foe Pittsburgh ... represented the Irish at the 2012 US Olympic Trials, swimming the 100 meter breast (1:03.86, 58th), 200 meter breast (2:22.91, 110th), and the 200 meter IM (2:05.08, 44th) ... recipient of both the Patrick Reilly McManus Captain's Award and the Charles Blanchard Award ... earned a monogram.
AS A FRESHMAN: Collected two top-eight finishes at the BIG EAST Championships in his first season ... those two performances included swims of 1:50.14 in the 200 IM and 3:55.45 in the 400 IM ... set personal-best times of 1:49.23 and 3:55.01 in the same two events, respectively, during the preliminary sessions of the league meet ... the 1:49.23 was an NCAA B-cut time - the 200 IM performance was the fifth-fastest 200 IM in school history ... swam the second fastest 200 IM in program history, behind teammate Bill Bass ... set two additional career-best times at the Shamrock Invitational with swims of 15:59.59 and 56.91 in the 1,650 free and 100 breast, respectively ... the 1,650 performance was the fastest time set by an Irish swimmer during the 2010-11 season ... additional personal-best performances included showings of 4:42.94 in the 500 free against Pittsburgh, 9:2.39 in the 1,000 free against Michigan State, 2:07.50 in the 200 breast at the Hawkeye Invitational and 1:52.87 against Cleveland State.
b>PREP AND PERSONAL: Louisiana's 2009-10 Swimmer of the Year ... swam for St. Paul's (La.), while winning the team's career achievement award as a senior ... four-time letterwinner ... two-time team captain ... two-time all-Metro team choice ... 2009-10 all-Northlake District MVP ... 2009-10 All-Metro MVP ... 2009-2010 New Orleans Metro League Schools Male Swimmer of the Year ... 2008-09 USA Swimming Scholastic All-American ... two-time Louisiana Division 1 state champion ... All-American in the 200 individual medley (1:52.95) and 100 breast (57.80) ... set seven individual school records and had a hand in six record-breaking relays ... member of National Honor Society ... president of St. Paul's Student Council as a senior... first swimmer to win St. Paul's Jimmy Dunn Memorial Award as the best all-around senior athlete ... member of Blast Swim Team ... won the Damon McCory Award for Most Outstanding Male Swimmer at the 2010 Louisiana Short Course State Meet... Summer Junior National Qualifier in the 200 IM and 100 breast ... ranked 36th nationally among 17-year olds at the IMXtreme Challenge ... son of Bill and Maureen Babcock ... youngest of two children ... grandfather and three uncles graduated from Notre Dame ... two cousins have also attended the University ... graduated from the University in May 2014 as an information technology major.
Babcock's Career Bests