Jan. 24, 2014
ND-No. 7 UL Results LOUISVILLE, Ky.
- The University of Notre Dame men's swimming and diving team earned four event victories and added eight runner-up finishes to keep pace with No. 7 Louisville, but it was the Cardinals who ultimately came away as meet victors, defeating the Irish 186-114 Friday at the Ralph Wright Natatorium.
The meeting was the first between the schools outside of BIG EAST Conference competition since the 2004-05 season (a 242-117 Notre Dame win on Nov. 20, 2004). Louisville will join the Irish in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) beginning with the 2014-15 season.
Junior All-American John Williamson
turned in his third-fastest 200 butterfly time of the season for the first Notre Dame win of the day, logging an NCAA B-cut swim of 1:47.62. Williamson has posted six of the top 10 Irish times in the 200 fly this season. He added a runner-up result in the 100 fly, tapping in at 49.14 behind teammate Frank Dyer
Dyer, a senior two-time All-American, earned the second Irish (4-5-1) win of the meet with his 100 fly time of 49.03. Dyer also chipped in a pair of third-place finishes in the 50 (20.43) and 100 (45.46) freestyle distances.
Junior Nick Nemetz
added another Irish gold performance with a cumulative score of 349.35 points in the 3-meter dive. Freshman Joe Coumos
(336.15) was the next Notre Dame finisher in third place.
Junior All-American Zach Stephens
was the only swimmer to break the 1:50 benchmark in the 200 IM, clocking a time of 1:49.26 for the fourth Notre Dame win of the day. The winning effort was the sixth sub-1:50 swim in the distance for Stephens this season.
Stephens also chipped in a pair of runner-up performances in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Stephens touched the wall in 55.35 during the 100 breast, his third-fastest outing in the distance in 2013-14, for an NCAA B-cut and second-place points. He replicated the feat later in the 200 breast, touching the wall in a B-cut readout of 1:59.08.
Junior All-American Kevin Hughes
contributed a top Notre Dame effort of 1:40.12 in the 200 freestyle to place second. Hughes paced four Irish competitors that included freshmen Reed Fujan
(1:41.75, sixth place), Trent Jackson
(1:43.27 seventh place) and Joe Petrone
Hughes later added a time of 4:34.54 in the 500 freestyle to score his second individual silver finish of the meet. Petrone (4:36.62) was the next Irish swimmer in the top five in fourth place.
Sophomore Bogac Ayhan
nearly claimed victory in the 100 backstroke, clocking the 10th sub-50.00 Notre Dame swim in the event this season with a runner-up effort of 49.99. Ayhan broke the 50-second mark for the fourth time this year to score second-place points for the Irish.
Junior Michael Kreft
scored 299.77 points in the 1-meter dive to place second and lead Notre Dame in the event. Coumos (297.00 points) finished third, followed by Nemetz (295.57, fourth) and freshman James Lichtenstein
The Notre Dame `A' entry of Ayhan, junior Cameron Miller
, Dyer and Stephens claimed runner-up honors to open the meet in the 200 medley relay, posting a time of 1:29.89.
Notre Dame returns to the Rolfs Aquatic Center for the annual Shamrock Invitational on Jan. 31-Feb. 1. The Irish will honor seniors Colin Babcock
, Joshua Choi
, Frank Dyer
and Bertie Nel
prior to the second session of racing on Feb. 1. NOTRE DAME FIRST-PLACE FINISHES
200 Butterfly (1:47.62): John Williamson
100 Freestyle (49.03): Frank Dyer
3-Meter Dive (349.35): Nick Nemetz
200 IM (1:49.26): Zach Stephens NOTRE DAME RUNNER-UP FINISHES/NCAA B-CUTS
200 Medley Relay (1:29.89): Bogac Ayhan
/ Cameron Miller
/ Frank Dyer
/ Zach Stephens
200 Freestyle (1:40.12): Kevin Hughes
100 Backstroke (49.99): Bogac Ayhan
100 Breaststroke (55.35): Zach Stephens
100 Breaststroke (Third Place) (55.36): Colin Babcock
1-Meter Dive (299.77): Michael Kreft
200 Breaststroke (1:59.08): Zach Stephens
500 Free (4:34.54): Kevin Hughes
100 Butterfly (49.14): John Williamson
-- Tony Jones, Media Relations Assistant