Men's Swimming



Eight Irish Competitors Set For NCAA Championships In Austin

First day of racing begins Thursday at 11 a.m. (CT)

AS A JUNIOR: Made Notre Dame history by becoming the first member of the men's swimming and diving team to earn points at the NCAA Championships ... notched a pair of points in the final round of the 3-meter competition to secure a top-20 finish and All-American honor ... finished 28th in the 1-meter with a count of 264.25 during the preliminary rounds ... followed that with a stellar 319.55 and a 16th-place finish in the 3-meter event during the prelims to move into the final heat ... it was there that he moved up one spot to 15th with a score of 332.40 in the final round of the 3-meter to earn the first points for Notre Dame at the NCAAs in program history ... became the first member of the Irish program to earn multiple trips to the NCAA Championships after previously competing at the national meet in 2006 ... set the school record in the 3-meter event at Northwestern with 390.98 points, shattering the record he set just one day prior in a meet with Louisville ... set the program standard off the 1-meter (361.65) during the Shamrock Invitational ... collected a pair of all-BIG EAST honors after finishing second in the 1-meter event and third in the 3-meter event at the league meet ... at the NCAA Zone Diving competition, shelved a sixth-place showing in the 1-meter event to wrap up the meet as Notre Dame's top male finisher ... posted scores of 305.85 and 333.70 over the two rounds to total 639.55 points ... locked a third-place finish in the 3-meter at the event and totaled 666.35 points ... owned five of the team's top 10 1-meter scores and seven of the squad's top 10 3-meter scores on the season.

AS A SOPHOMORE: Top scores in the 1-meter (339.40) and 3-meter (378.30) events came at the Shamrock Invitational, which were the best scores among Irish divers on the season ... had nine individual wins on the season ... took first off the 3-meter board in meets with Purdue, Michigan State, Oakland, Northwestern and the Shamrock Invite ... 1-meter victories came in matches with Oakland, Northwestern, Louisville and the Shamrock Invite... school record holder in the 1-meter dual and championship dives ... at the BIG EAST Championships, earned all-league honors in the 1- and 3-meter diving events ... placed fifth off the 3-meter board at the NCAA Zone C Diving meet, where he totaled 339.90 points during the 3-meter prelims ... that score put him in second-place heading into the finals ... registered 312.20 in the finals to finish with a 652.10 total ... eighth in the 1-meter event at the meet, where he entered the final round in that same spot after totaling 289.30 points during the preliminary session.

AS A FRESHMAN: Became just the third student-athlete in program history to qualify for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships ... in the preliminaries, he placed 18th off the 3-meter board (293.20) and 27th in the 1-meter competition (270.45) at the NCAA meet, which was held in Atlanta, Ga. ... earned a spot into the NCAAs by finishing fourth (634.40) off the 3-meter board at the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships ... placed ninth off the 1-meter board at that meet ... earned all-BIG EAST honors by placing third off the 1-meter board ... narrowly missed out on more all-conference accolades with a fourth-place showing in the 3-meter competition ... collected eight wins on the season ... swept both the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions against No. 17 Northwestern ... collected another sweep versus St. Bonaventure ... won the 3-meter against Cleveland State and the one-meter at Michigan State ... captured first off the 3-meter board against Oakland and Louisville in the Shamrock Dual Meet Invitational ... received team's Most Improved award for his improvement throughout the course of the season.

THE BULFIN FILE: Four-year letterwinner in diving at Saint Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) ... earned All-America honors in sophomore, junior and senior years ... all-conference honors junior and senior years ... all-state and all-city awards senior year ... MVP and team captain senior year ... nationally ranked all four years of high school competition ... three-time regional champion and senior year conference champion ... set all current diving records at Saint Thomas Aquinas ... received Saint Thomas Aquinas' "Best Diver Ever" award as a senior ... sticks to a strict diet each Sunday: eggs and bacon for breakfast, turkey on white bread with barbeque chips for lunch, spaghetti and sausage for dinner ... claims his menu creates a perfect day of meals to prepare him for the week ahead ... born in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on July 11, 1987 ... son of Gail and Robert Bulfin ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a finance major.

Blufin's Career Bests

Event Score Meet
1-meter (6) 387.97 Northwestern (2009)
3-meter (6) 393.97 Shamrock Invite (2008)

Michael Bulfin
Michael  Bulfin


Ft. Lauderdale, FL

High School:
St. Thomas Aquinas

Height / Weight:
5-8 / 145



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