Tony Jones | January 13, 2018
On the heels of its midseason competitive recess for both the end of the first semester and holiday break, the University of Notre Dame men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams mark their official return to the water this weekend. The No. 20/22 Irish collide with Iowa and Illinois in a tri-dual meet on Friday and Saturday at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center in Iowa City, Iowa.
Returning From Training Trip To Florida
As the Notre Dame campus-wide winter break began to wind down with the approach of the spring semester, the Irish took full advantage of the competitive lull to train and ring in the new year with a two-week trip to Naples, Florida. Notre Dame returned to campus Wednesday evening and trained at the Rolfs Aquatic Center on Thursday morning before departing for Iowa City.
“Being together as a team in the environment we had in Naples was very special and it allowed us to concentrate on one thing, being great athletes every day,” Notre Dame head coach Mike Litzinger said. “Not that we don’t regularly, but it was intensified in that environment. The first half of the trip we did a fantastic job of finishing off our base work, and everyone came back ready to go. For four days or so, we ran into some of the crazy weather that was around the rest of the country but we finished very strong. We had a great close of the training camp and are ready to head to the University of Iowa.”
Recapping The Fall Irish Slate
The Notre Dame women's team, ranked 22nd in the most recent College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll, raced out of the blocks to a 6-1 dual meet record that featured wins over No. 9 Louisville (Oct. 7), No. 16 Purdue (Oct. 27) and No. 9 Indiana (Nov. 9). The No. 20 Irish men’s squad has added a 5-2 dual mark that included victories against No. 7 Louisville and No. 23 Purdue.
Notre Dame closed its fall schedule with a pair of third-place finishes at the Ohio State Fall Invitational that was held Nov. 17-19 in Columbus, Ohio. The Notre Dame men’s team scored 676.50 points in a field that featured No. 5 NC State, No. 16 Ohio State and No. RV Kentucky, while the Irish women secured 656 points against No. 12 NC State, No. 17 Kentucky and No. 23 Ohio State.