Tony Jones | January 30, 2018
Not wanting to rest on their laurels from a dynamic Friday performance to open the weekend, the University of Notre Dame men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams brought that same level of intensity to the final day of the 2018 Shamrock Invitational. Behind record times and NCAA B-cut qualification swims, the No. 22 Irish swept the Saturday invitational showcase on Senior Day at Rolfs Aquatic Center.
The Notre Dame men’s squad scored 988.50 points to defeat No. 18 Ohio State (933.50 points) No. RV Iowa (691 points), Wisconsin (601 points) and Missouri State (409 points). The Irish women scored 1,023.50 points to down Akron (842 points), No. 13 Ohio State (735.50 points), No. 18 Wisconsin (650.50 points) and Iowa (395.50 points). All told, Notre Dame athletes set nine Rolfs Aquatic Center records during the meet on the way to the team triumphs.
Coach Litzinger Said
“It was great certainly to win the meet, which is your goal, but also to send our seniors off in great fashion. We’re at the top of the rests, everything is pointing toward the conference meet so you have an opportunity to get names up on the record board. We talk about it during practice, and a number of people went for it and got it. Our relays, Zach Yeadon, Rob Whitacre, all of those guys got us off to a great start and I am very pleased with where the team is at right now.”
“One of the nice things about our program is that the training pool is where we are getting a lot done, but everyone there holds each other accountable. As we move forward the depth of our team really shows, and I think that will be a huge difference maker for us at the conference championships.”
“Support on the diving end is key and you can’t do it without both swimming and diving. Sometimes diving can get a little overshadowed because there are so many swimming events, but having someone like Joe Coumos on the board, Erin Isola and Kelly Straub, they do a great job. We’re really pleased with how that part of our team is coming along, and of course it is always great to compete at home. You could tell by the last few events that the home crowd can play into our success and adds to the emotion and excitement.”