Katherine Harvath | October 11, 2018
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The University of Notre Dame's swimming and diving team opened their season with a strong showing in a series of dual meets. The team took on Indiana University, Kentucky and Missouri in three separate dual meets run alongside each other.
The women finished the day undefeated, as they topped Missouri with a score of 211.50-88.50 while they bested Kentucky, 172.50-127.50, and tied Indiana 150-150. The men fell in tight competition as they lost to Missouri (189-111), Kentucky (154.50-143.50) and Indiana (213-87).
The Irish recorded seven first-place finishes in their first meet of the 2018-19 season, with Abbie Dolan and Zach Yeadon each posting two. Dolan won both the 100 and 200-yard freestyles while Lindsay Stone (1000-yard freestyle), Luciana Thomas (200-yard butterfly) and Bayley Stewart (200-yard backstroke) all finished on top of the board today.
"I am very proud of our women," head coach Mike Litzinger said. "They continue to work together as a team and find a way to compete. They are finding out that they can be one of the NCAA elite."
On the men's side, Yeadon claimed the first-place finish in both the 500 and 1000-yard freestyle.
"It was a productive morning for our men. We are very young and translating great practices into college dual meet performances will take a bit of time," Litzinger added.
Diver, Kelly Straub was the highest scorer in the 1-meter diving competition, tallying 145.50 points for the first-place finish.
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