Notre Dame Men's Swimming | Feb. 8, 2014 | Notre Dame Athletics
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - On a day in which Notre Dame won 13 of 16 events over the Cleveland State Vikings, it was head coach Tim Welsh who was center stage for the Irish. For the final time, Welsh, clad in his traditional suit and tie, took the pool deck at the Rolfs Aquatic Center as the head coach of the men's swimming and diving program.
Welsh, who announced his retirement earlier this year, has been at the helm of the program for 29 years. Welsh began his tenure at Notre Dame in 1985 as the head coach of both the men's and women's programs. Under Welsh, the Irish squad has entered onto the national stage. Under his tutelage, Notre Dame sent a record nine swimmers to the NCAA Championships last year and the Irish recorded their highest finish at the NCAA Championships in 2012 when the Irish tallied 15 points and finished in 28th place.
Throughout the meet there were numerous tributes to Welsh, including messages from former student-athletes and coaches, and the national anthem was even performed with a tuba, something Welsh has always hoped for at a meet.