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
First day of racing begins Thursday at 11 a.m. (CT)
Photos from all three days of competition at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.
AS A JUNIOR: Distinguished himself as a freestyle specialist for the Irish, swimming every event except the 50 free ... in 100 free, came in third (45.19) at Hawkeye Invitational in preliminary swim before touching the wall sixth in final heat (45.44) ... finished fifth in 100 free (46.54) against Louisville ... highest finish in 100 free came against Michigan State and Virginia, where he touched the wall in fourth place (47.24) ... set career record in 200 free at Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championships, finishing ninth with a 1:36.34 mark ... came in second in 200 free (1:37.04) and 500 free (4:23.32) at Hawkeye Invitational ... versus Northwestern and Michigan, finished third in 200 free (1:40.05) ... touched the wall second against Louisville in 200 free (1:40.12) and 500 free (4:34.54) races ... clinched first against Michigan State and Virginia in 200 free (1:41.01) ... at ACC Championship finished 12th in 500 free (4:23.26) ... touched the wall in 9:14.70 in 1,000 free at ACC Championship ... placed sixth in 1,650 free (15:14.70) at conference meet, a new career best ... earned a monogram.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Swam primarily freestyle events throughout the season ... earned CSCAA honorable mention All-America distinction ... one of a record nine Notre Dame swimmers to qualify for the NCAA Championships ... earned a 16th-place finish with the 800 medley relay team at the NCAA Championships to cop an honorable mention All-America scroll ... top time in the 1,650 free (15:25.24) came with a fifth-place finish at the BIG EAST Championships ... also recorded a season-best during the 200 free (1:36.45, the third-fastest time in program history) and the 500 free (4:23.67) at the BIG EAST meet ... part of the 800 medley relay team that was runner-up at the BIG EAST Championships and the Northwestern Invitational ... showcased freestyle speed at the Shamrock Invitational, being the first swimmer to the wall in the 500 free (4:31.85) and also took home gold against Cleveland State in the 500 free (4:33.04) ... took second place in the 200 free against Cleveland State with a time of 1:40.98 ... in dual meet action against Pittsburgh, brought home a pair of runner-up finishes in the 1000 free (9:35.07) and the 400 free relay (3:07.19) ... earned a monogram.
AS A FRESHMAN: Talented freestyle specialist who earned three NCAA B-cuts in as many individual swims at the BIG EAST Championships in his first year ... highlighted his season with a silver finish and all-BIG EAST honors in the 1,650 free (15:17.53), the third-best performance in the event in team history... took fourth place in the 500 free (4:24.43) at the BIG EAST Championships ... finished 10th (1:37.68) in a loaded 200 free field at the same meet ... recorded a lead-off split during the 1,650 free for the first 1,000 yards (9:14.59), the fourth-fastest time in that distance in team history ... swam the 100 backstroke at the Hawkeye Invitational, recording a season-best time of 51.74 ... participated in dual meets against Louisville, Northwestern, Purdue, Michigan State, and the quad meet against Michigan, Oakland, and TCU ... earned a monogram.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Three-time letterwinner under head coach Carle Fierro at Rye (N.Y.) ... All-American as a sophomore as part of the school's 400 free relay squad ... named to the all-state team in his sophomore and junior seasons ... competes with the Hydroquatics Swim Team on the club level ... summer National and Junior National qualifier ... competed in 10K Open Water Nationals ... member of the 2010-11 National Youth Team ... scholastic All-American ... full name is Kevin John Hughes ... son of Lisa and John Hughes ... youngest of three children ... sister, Katie (Maryland), and brother, Michael (Boston College), have both swam at the collegiate level ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in accounting.
Hughes' Career Bests