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)
AS A JUNIOR: Only swam in fall semester before leaving the team … swam in two meets, at home against Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh (Nov. 7-8) and at Michigan State (Nov. 14) … in Rolfs Aquatic, clocked times in the 100 free (45.74), 100 back (50.62), 200 back (1:55.69) and 200 IM (1:55.36) … also swam with 200 free relay A-team (20.44 split, 1:21.94) and anchored the 400 medley relay A-team (44.90 split, 3:19.19) to second place … helped 400 free relay A-team to first place (44.94 split, 3:01.34) … in East Lansing, Michigan, swam the 100 back (51.78) and 100 free (46.31) and helped the 400 free relay A-team to first place (25.87 split, 3:04.63).
AS A SOPHOMORE: A key member of the 200 medley relay B-team, swimming lead leg in almost every meet of the season ... also swam 100 and 200 back, and dabbled in the 200 and 400 IM ... at Dennis Stark Relays, 400 medley relay team came in third (3:23.10) ... same team qualified for NCAA Championship but did not finish ... also qualified for NCAAs in the 200 medley relay event, finishing 25th in the nation (1:27.35) ... came in second in 200 medley relay (1:32.73) in dual meet with Purdue ... third in 200 medley relay (1:32.67) at Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado in dual meet with Air Force ... also logged a second-place finish in tri-meet with Michigan State and Virginia in 200 medley relay (1:32.83) ... at Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Championship, swam lead leg in 400 medley relay, finishing fifth (3:09.50) and setting a new school record ... his split of 47.17 in 100 back also set a new university record in that event ... touched in 10th in 100 back (47.44) at ACC Championship meet ... was 13th in 200 back (1:45.27) at conference championships ... tried his hand at the 100 breast and 100 fly in last home meet of the year against Cleveland State ... in both events, finished sixth, touching the wall in 1:01.26 in 100 breast and clocking in at 51.35 in 100 fly ... at ACC Championships, finished 200 IM in 1:47.19 ... earned a monogram.
AS A FRESHMAN: Turned in the team's fastest time of the season in the 200 back prelims (1:45.78) at the BIG EAST Championships, while also recording a season-best in the 100 back prelims (48.77) ... the 200 back swim was the third-fastest in school history ... picked up a pair of top-eight finishes at the Northwestern Invitational, hitting the pad in the 100 back in 51.26 and the 200 medley relay in 1:32.52 ... swam at the Shamrock Invitational, placing fifth in three different events ... in dual meet action, picked up two fourth-place finishes in the 100 and 200 back ... BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... earned a monogram.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Four-year letter-winner at North Allegheny High School for coach Kirk Semler ... won two team state championships and three district championships with the Tigers ... won an individual state championship in the 200 IM ... nine-time district individual/relay champion ... also participated in water polo at North Allegheny ... swam with the Allegheny North Swim Club ... U.S. Olympic trial qualifier in the 100m backstroke with a time of 57.40 ... son of David and Sonya Buerger ... has two brothers, Jonathan and Zachary ... has one sister, Victoria ... father David (Allegheny) and uncle Daniel Buerger (Duke) were both collegiate swimmers ... brother Jonathan swam at Virginia ... enrolled in the College of Science, majoring in science-business.
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