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
Frank Dyer becomes the 1st All-American in ND Mens Swimming & Diving History.
Frank Dyer talks about his 4th place finish at the NCAA Championships.
New Host! New Player Host! But, still the same great FIX!
Frank Dyer & Bill Bass become first Irish duo to compete at NCAAs.
Photos from all three days of competition at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.
All photos courtesy of Ken Overholt
The Irish swimming and diving teams hosted Towson and Harvard this weekend at the Rolfs Aquatic Center.
The Men and Women of the Fighting Irish Swimming and Diving teams hosted Iowa and Ohio State this weekend.
The Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving teams took on Michigan State at home on January 21st.
AS A SENIOR: Had arguably his best season with the Irish, re-setting several records and finishing fifth in the 200 free at the NCAA Championship (1:33.43) ... earned second career All-America accolade for top-five finish ... named College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) first team Scholar All-American for second time in his career, alongside diver Joe Coumos ... swam the 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 free while dabbling in the 100 fly ... broke school records in every event he swam ... swam lead leg in the 200 free relay that placed fifth at ACC Championship (19.57 split) ... was seventh in 50 free at ACC Championship (19.62) ... was first in 50 free against Michigan State (20.38), Wisconsin (20.57) and Air Force (20.58) ... swam lead leg of 400 free relay team at NCAA Championship (2:55.22), finishing 21st ... 400 free relay team placed fifth at ACC Championship (2:55.07) ... clocked in at sixth in 100 free at ACC Championship (43.07) ... 400 free relay finished first at Hawkeye Invitational (2:56.89) ... placed ninth individually in 100 free at same meet (43.81) ... was first in 100 free against Auburn and Indiana (44.34) ... touched the wall in third against Louisville in 100 free (45.46) ... was first against Michigan State in 100 free (45.87) ... won 200 free at ACC Championship, touching in at 1:33.20 ... came in first in 200 free at Hawkeye Invitational (1:35.01) ... in 500 free, finished 18th at NCAA Championship (4:17.13) ... won 500 free event in tri-meet versus Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech (4:26.77) and touched in first against Wisconsin (4:31.42) ... set school and Rolfs Aquatic Center pool record in 1,000 free against Cleveland State (9:11.93) ... in 100 fly, came in first against Louisville (49.03) and at Hawkeye Invitational (46.92) ... finished seventh in solo outing in 200 fly at Shamrock Invitational (1:52.98) ... earned first-team All-ACC Honors for title in 200 free ... monogram winner.
AS A JUNIOR: After a record-breaking sophomore season, continued to rewrite the Irish record books as one of four team captains during junior campaign ... joined Bill Bass (2012) as just the second College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) first team Scholar All-American in program history ... also became the first two-time All-America selection in Notre Dame men's swimming history ... specialized in a number of freestyle events, including the 500 free, breaking the previously set school record with a time of 4:17.39 ... placed 16th as a member of the 800 free relay squad (6:25.32) that earned honorable mention All-America honors at the NCAA Championships ... set three school records at the BIG EAST Championships, which included a first-place finish in the 50 free (19.62) ... was the first swimmer to reach the pad in the 200 medley relay that set a team record time of 1:26.33 ... helped relay team set the school record in the 800 free relay with a time of 6:24.40 to earn a runner-up finish ... became the first Irish swimmer to win the 500 free (4:20.53) three times at the BIG EAST meet ... picked up three first-place finishes at the Northwestern Invitational, including the 50 free (20.45), 100 free (44.71), and the 200 free (1:37.67) titles ... 800 free relay team earned a runner-up finish with a time of 6:41.35 at the meet ... placed second in the 400 medley relay (3:19.95), 50 free (20.34), 400 free relay (3:01.66), 200 free relay (1:21.71) and the 200 medley relay (1:30.86) to pace Notre Dame at the Shamrock Invitational ... swam in nine events at the Hawkeye Invitational, placing in the top eight in every event with four runner-up finishes ... turned in a stellar performance against former BIG EAST rival Louisville, taking first-place in the 200 medley relay (1:29.18), 200 free (1:36.85), and the 500 free (4:29.11) ... finished second in the 200 free relay (1:22.12) in the same meet ... against BIG EAST competitor Pittsburgh, took gold in the 1000 free (9:25.49) and the 100 free (45.09) ... BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... monogram winner.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Rewrote the Irish record book en route to earning the first men's swimming All-America honors in Notre Dame history ... placed fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:34.00) at the pinnacle of collegiate competition, becoming the first Irish swimmer or diver to crack the top eight at the NCAA Championships ... competed in the 500 free, lowering his school record from earlier in the season to 4:17.97 ... also participated in the 100 free (44.04) at the same meet ... set four school records at the BIG EAST Championships, highlighted by a first-place finish, BIG EAST and Trees Pool record in the 500 free (4:18.50) ... led off the 800 free relay in a school record time of 1:33.71 while helping the Irish to a second-place finish ... took second overall in the individual event of the 200 free (1:34.00) ... earned bronze in the 100 free, setting the new school mark down to 43.22 ... posted a school record while leading off the second place 200 free relay, becoming the first Irish swimmer to crack the 20-second barrier in the 50 free with a time of 19.84 ... contributed to second place finishes on the 400 free relay and the 400 medley relay for the Irish at the BIG EAST Championships ... turned in a stellar performance at the Hawkeye Invitational in the 200 free, posting a time of 1:35.58 to break the meet record and set the new pool record ... garnered bronze in the 500 free (4:22.28) at the same meet ... took second place against Michigan State by swimming a season-best 49.32 in the 100 fly ... placed first in both the 100 free (44.47) and 200 free (1:37.50) while taking second in the 500 free (4:26.05) at the Shamrock Invitational ... rose to the occasion against league foe Louisville, snagging gold in the 50 free (20.27) and 500 free (4:27.86) and earned second place points in the 200 free (1:37.91) ... represented the Irish at the 2012 US Olympic Trials, highlighted by a 13th-place finish in the 400 meter free (3:52.74), a swim that ranked him in the top-100 performers in the event in the world at the time ... also competed in the 50 meter free (23.28, 65th), 100 meter free (50.67, 45th), and 200 meter free (1:50.53, 29th) ...named the 2011-2012 Notre Dame Monogram Club MVP Award for the team ... earned a monogram.
AS A FRESHMAN: Registered the highest finish at the NCAA Championships in Notre Dame history with his 26th place finish in the 200 free (1:36.15) ... became the first freshman, and the second swimmer, to make the NCAA Championships in school history ... swam in two additional events at NCAA Championships ... those two events were the 100 free (44.05) and the 500 free (4:27.25) ... won the 500 free in 4:19.08, which was an NCAA B-cut time, at the BIG EAST Championships ... that performance was a school record and first-ever 500 free time under 4:20 in school history ... also took second place in the 200 free (1:36.19) and third in the 100 free (44.11) while being a member of the silver medal 800 free relay, the fourth place 200 free relay and the fourth place 400 medley relay at the league meet ... all four times were NCAA B-cuts ... the 400 medley relay squad also broke the Notre Dame school record with their 3:15.10 showing ... top 1,000 free performance showing (9:22.35) came against Michigan State ... his performances in the 100 and 200 free at the NCAAs and his 50 free lead-off leg of 20.35 at the BIG EAST Championships earned him second place on the top performers list in school history all three events ... had the top team time in the 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 free for the first time since in the Irish joined the BIG EAST Conference ... qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 100, 200 and 400 meter free events ... registered 14 NCAA B-cut swims in his freshman campaign.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Prepped at Shaker High School (N.Y.) ... three-time team captain ... three-time regional champion ... two-time state champion ... earned All-American recognition in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 free, and also in the 200 medley relay (which won the New York state title) ... set eight school and three sectional records ... top times entering Notre Dame: 500 free (4:26.85), 200 free (1:37.97), 100 free (45.95), 50 free (20.65) ... member of National Honor Society, Select Chorus and vice president of senior class ... son of Mary and Frank Dyer ... father played basketball at Siena ... graduated from the University in May 2014 as a management consulting major.
Dyer's Career Bests
|50 Free||19.57||ACC Championship (2014)|
|100 Free||42.84||ACC Championship (2014)|
|200 Free||1:33.20||ACC Championship (2014)|
|500 Free||4:17.13||NCAA Championships (2014)|
|1,000 Free||9:11.93||Cleveland State (2014)|
|100 Fly||46.92||Hawkeye Invitational (2013)|