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NCAA Div. I Men: Notre Dame Falls to TCU -- November 16, 2002

FORTH WORTH, Texas, Nov. 15. THE University of Notre Dame men's swimming and diving team (2-2) engaged in a hard-fought dual meet at TCU on Friday evening, building a lead before the home team snatched the victory away on the final relay.

The Irish won five events, and dominated in most of those victories, but the Horned Frogs took a one point lead (103-102) into the final 200 freestyle relay. TCU ended up one-two and secured the 117-105 win.

Among the strong performances for the Irish, freshman Jamie Lutkus won his second straight 400 individual medley race, touching first in 4:04.08. Teammate David Moisan finished second in 4:08.90.

Jason Fitzpatrick won the 100 breaststroke in 58.68 and rookie teammate Tyler Grenda was right behind in second (59.64).

The 200 butterfly has been strong for Notre Dame this season and that theme continued against TCU. J.R. Teddy led the way in first (1:54.20), followed by Patrick Heffernan (1:55.50) and Lucas Wymore (1:56.65).

The 100 freestyle group was strong as well, led by Frank Krakowski (47.06) in first and Tim Randolph (47.57) in second.

With Notre Dame in the lead, TCU rallied to win three-meter diving, the 50 freestyle and the 200 backstroke. The Irish came back to finish one-two-three in the 500 freestyle, led by Matt Bertke's 4:41.70. J.R. Teddy was second in 4:42.30 and Patrick Davis ended up third in 4:42.31. That set up the dramatic final relay.

Notre Dame will be back in the pool against TCU and Centenary tomorrow (Saturday) at 1 p.m., before heading back to campus.