Dec. 4, 1997
Notre Dame Men Lead the Notre Dame Invitational after Day One; Women are Close Second
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Notre Dame men's swimming and diving team is in first place after the first day of competition at the Notre Dame Invitational, while the Irish women are a close second.
Notre Dame leads the men's competition with 317 points, followed by Syracuse with 211. The Michigan women's team lead the Notre Dame women's squad by 53 points (304 to 251).
Notre Dame's depth on the men's side allowed them to stockpile points in many key events. In the 500-yard freestyle the men scored a total of 85 points, capturing second through fifth-place finishes. The Irish also captured second through fifth place in the 200 yard Individual Medley and third through sixth place in the 50 yard freestyle.
The Notre Dame men's relay team captured first place in the 200 yard Freestyle Relay with a time of 1:24.56. In diving, sophomore Herb Huesman came away with first placee with a score of 490.80 off the one-meter.
On the women's side, Notre Dame senior Linda Gallo set the new pool and meet record in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 4:52.61 besting the time set by Michigan's Linda Riker (4:53.98) only two heats earlier. Notre Dame gained considerable ground on Michigan in the diving part of the competition when sophomores Gina Kettelhohn and Rhiana Saunders took first and third, respectively, off the three-meter.
Numerous records fell on the first day of the Notre Dame Invitational. Syracuse alone toppled three meet records and two pool records. Syracuse junior Dan Karlsson recorded a 1:51.44 in the 200-yard individual medley, and in the 50-yard freestyle, Syracuse junior Jose Gonzalez beat out his previous record of 20.67 set in the morning's preliminaries with a time of 20.63. In the the last event of the evening Syracuse's 400-yard medley relay team beat the two year-old meet record set by Pittsburgh by swimming to a time of 3:23.66.
Michigan's women's team won four events, setting pool and meet records in each of their victories. Their 200 yard freestyle relay team bested Kansas' 1994 record of 1:36.63 with a time of 1:33.69. Two events later Wolverine freshman Kasey Harris swam a 2:02.63 in the 200-yard individual medley to break Kristen Nilsen's meet record of 2:04.30. In the 50-yard freestyle Jennifer Crisman recorded a 23.34 to qualify for the NCAA B meet breakingpool and meet records in the process. Also qualifying for the NCAA B meet was Michigan's 400 yard Medley Relay team, which swam a 3:47.90 and shattered the previous meet record of 3:52.38 set by Kansas in 1995.
The Notre Dame Invitational continues tomorrow with the preliminaries taking place at 10:00 a.m. at the Rolfs Aquatic Center, and the finals starting at 6:30 p.m.