Oct. 14, 2011
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Notre Dame men's swimming and diving squad dove into the 2011-12 season with a second place showing at the annual Dennis Stark Relays. The Irish tallied 156 points on the evening, which was good enough for second place behind Michigan's 200 points. TCU (146), Oakland (130) and Valparaiso (84) finished in third, fourth and fifth place, respectively.
The Irish started the night with a victory in the 200 free relay as Christopher Johnson, John McGinley, Frank Dyer and Kevin Overholt teamed for a 1:22.01 performance. The Wolverines would go on to take ten of the next 11 races with Oakland winning the only other relay.
Records fell Friday night as all seven of the returning races saw their times lowered. Notre Dame lowered the 200 free relay to 1:22.01, down from Michigan's 1:22.49 in 2009. Michigan lowered all six other times.
Notre Dame will return to action tomorrow morning for a traditional meet with Michigan, Oakland and TCU.
200 Free Relay: The Irish started the meet off with a victory as Christopher Johnson, John McGinley, Frank Dyer and Kevin Overholt combined for a time of 1:22.01.
400 Medley Relay: Senior Petar Petrovic started the Irish off in fourth place ... Colin Babcock pulled Notre Dame back into third after the breaststroke ... Jordan Berry and John Nappi held on bronze and a 3:26.26 performance.
800 Free Relay: The all-freshmen relay of Jonathan Williamson, Brennan Jacobsen
, Kevin Hughes
swam to a third-place finish in 6:52.86.
400 Individual Medley Relay: The tandem of Bill Bass and Colin Babcock held the early lead but the University of Michigan overtook the Irish on the third length. The Irish held off Oakland for second with a 3:29.86.
300 Butterfly Relay: Frank Dyer was even with Sean Fletcher of Michigan after the first length ... Michigan's John Wojciechowski and Justin Glanda were too much for Notre Dame's John McGinley and Broderick Kelley ... the Irish finished comfortably in second with a 2:32.09.
300 Backstroke Relay: The tandem of Marshall Sherman, John Nappi and Jimmy McEldrew took fourth for the Irish in 2:37.55.
300 Breaststroke Relay: Freshman Patrick Olson dove in the water first for the Irish and finished the first leg in third place ... classmate Zachary Stephens pulled the Irish back into the race for first ... Joshua Choi anchored for the Irish and touched the pad in second place (2:54.81).
1,000 Free Relay: The duo of Jonathan Williamson and Wesley Mullins finished in 9:37.62, good for a fourth-place finish.
200 Medley Relay: The foursome of Petrovic, Cameron Miller, Olson and Johnson finished in third-place with a 1:33.25 performance, which was just five one-hundredths of a second away from TCU's silver-place time of 1:33.20.
400 Free Relay: Kevin Rahill, Jacobsen, John Donovan and Conor Evans closed out the swimming portion of the evening for the Irish with a 3:14.58, which was good for fourth place.
1-meter Diving: The combination of Ryan Koter and Michael Kreft tallied 580.30 points on the evening, which resulted in a silver-place medal.
3-meter Diving: Koter and Kreft teamed up once again for another silver medal with a final score of 571.75 points.