Notre Dame cruises to big win at Iowa to close season's first half
AS A JUNIOR: Was one of three co-captains for the Irish ... swam freestyle events throughout the season, trying his hand twice at the 200 fly ... swam 22.02 split in 50 free lead leg of 200 free relay team against Cleveland State, coming in second (1:26.89) ... against the Warriors, touched the wall fifth in 100 free (47.14) ... at Hawkeye Invitational, touched the wall in 1:40.24 in 200 free in prelim swim, before clocking a 1:39.66 mark in final heat ... came in fourth in 200 free (1:40.82) at Shamrock Invite ... was 13th in 500 free (4:28.16) at Hawkeye Invitational ... came in second in 500 free (4:30.81) at Shamrock meet ... logged career best time in 1,000 free at Hawkeye Invitational, touching in at 9:36.53 ... blew past old career best time in 1,650 free at Shamrock Invite, finishing second (15:44.03) ... in 200 fly, came in third against Cleveland State (1:53.68) and eighth in tri-meet against Michigan State and Virginia (2:03.70).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Swam primarily in freestyle events during sophomore campaign ... at the Northwestern Invitational, brought home a fourth-place finish and season-best time in the 1,650 free (15:55.15) ... helped the 200 free relay team to a fifth-place finish at the Shamrock Invitational ... was the fifth swimmer to touch the wall in the 1,650 free (16:24.17) against Cleveland State ... placed sixth in the 500 free (4:52.67) in the same meet ... swam to a sixth-place finish in the 200 free relay against BIG EAST foe Louisville ... finished eighth in the 1,000 free (9:59.93) against Pittsburgh and was also part of the 400 free relay team that finished fourth ... received the Patrick Reilly McManus Captain's Award, presented each year by team captains to the Notre Dame swimmer who best exemplifies the qualities of being a great teammate in and out of the pool ... BIG EAST Academic All-Star ... earned a monogram.
AS A FRESHMAN: Swam a wide range of freestyle distances as well as the 200 fly in his first campaign ... swam three events at the BIG EAST Championships and recorded season-best times in each ... recorded readouts of 1:41.04 in the 200 free, 4:30.25 in the 500 free, and 15:52.72 in the 1,650 free at the meet ... posted a season-best time in the 200 fly (1:56.18) at the Hawkeye Invitational ... saw dual meet action against Michigan State, Louisville, Northwestern, Valparaiso, Pittsburgh, and the quad meet against Michigan, Oakland, and TCU ... was honored with the Meghan Beeler and Colleen Hipp Award, which is presented annually to the freshman who best demonstrates vitality, competitiveness and love for Notre Dame ... earned a monogram.
PREP AND PERSONAL: Swam for The Bolles School (Fla.), which won the 2009-10 Swimming World high school national championship ... former Irish women's swimmer Katie Casey also swam for the same prep program ... four-time letterwinner ... Junior National qualifier and USA Swimming Scholastic All-American as a member of the Bolles School Sharks club ... team-captain and all-city choice as a senior ... led prep squad to state titles in 2009 and 2010 ... won Babe Ruth Foundation Award for high ideals in scholarship, leadership, patriotism and athletic achievement ... son of Katy and Pat Murphy ... has two siblings, Shannon and Ryan ... full name is Patrick Sullivan Murphy ... active in National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and Outward Bound Club ... enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business, majoring in finance.