Sinhue Mendoza | January 17, 2017
The University of Notre Dame swimming and diving program had a solid day at the pool in its first trip of the new year. The Fighting Irish men topped Northwestern, 196-104, and the women were victorious, 182-118.
Notre Dame head coach Mike Litzinger knew his team was tired after rigorous training and three straight days of competition but was happy to get the wins.
"The bonus is it's always good to get a win," said Litzinger. "Our kids are pretty tired though. This marks the official end of our Christmas training. We had a some really great things happen but we're a really tired group. I think it's time for a day off and regroup and head to the next phase of the season."
200-yard Medley Relay
Notre Dame earned first and third in the relay on both the men and women's side. The foursome made up of Catherine Mulquin, Meaghan O'Donnel, Sofia Revilak and Katie Smith clocked in first at 1:42.46. The third-place group of Alice Treuth, Sherri McIntee, Erin Sheehan and Abbie Dolan recorded a time of 1:44.28. For the men, it was the group of Robby Whitacre, Trent Jackson, Justin Plaschka and Daniel Speers that finished first with a time of 1:30.32. Behind them with a time of 1:30.90, was the pack of Jacki Montesi, Steven Shek, Matt Grauslys and Tabahn Afrik.
Men's 1650-yard Freestyle
Notre Dame placed second and third in the long distance competition. Richard Mannix swam 14:57.64 while Benjamin Jany registered a time of 16.00.69.
Women's 200-yard Freestyle
The Irish claimed the top two spots in the event. Abbie Dolan came in first with a time of 1:47.99 while teammate Lauren Heller placed third with a time of 1:49.89. Both Dolan and Heller improved their respective times from yesterday's meet.