By Alan Wasielewski
WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 27. THE University of Notre Dame men's swimming and diving team utilized its depth and speed to complete its two-day trip to Washington, DC, 2-0 with a 174-142 victory over American University on Saturday afternoon. The Irish previously defeated George Washington 150-85 on Friday, Oct. 26.
"It was a very good meet for us," Irish head coach Tim Welsh said. "We were much improved and it was by far our best effort of the season so far."
Notre Dame claimed nine event titles in the meet on Saturday, including two individual victories by freshman Frank Krakowski and junior diver Andy Maggio.
Krakowski began the meet as a member of the victorious 200 medley relay team, then came back later in the meet to win the 50 freestyle (21.79) and 100 butterfly (52.19). The Irish rookie eventually played a part in posting 29 points on the scoreboard for his team.
Maggio helped the Irish divers complete a dominating weekend. After sweeping the top three spots in both boards against George Washington on Friday, Maggio combined with Tong Xie and Joe Miller to finish one-two-three in one-meter diving and one-two-four in the three-meter event. Maggio won both competitions with scores of 312.08 (one meter) and 255.98 (three meter). Over the course of the weekend, the Irish divers surrendered just one point to the opposing teams.
Sophomore J.R. Teddy, who won the 500 freestyle on Friday, showcased his all-around ability by taking first place in the 200 butterfly on Saturday. Teddy's 1:53.67 time proved to be faster than his BIG EAST
Championship effort at the end of the 2000-01 season.
Senior co-captain Jonathan Pierce took home first in the 1,000 freestyle, with a solid 9:33.73 time (defeating the closest American University swimmer by nine seconds). Senior David Horak, who won the 100 backstroke at George Washington on Friday, continued to own the backstroke lane with a individual victory in the 200 back on Saturday.
The other individual winner for the Irish was freshman David Moisan in the 200 breaststroke (2:10.70), but nine individual winners is not the only highlight for the Irish on the day. Welsh was impressed by the Irish ability to both win some races, but also score valuable points in the events in which the Irish were not victorious.
"It was an impressive display of power and depth," Welsh said.
"We had enough speed to win, but enough depth to outscore them as well. It was a great end to our trip and we are a very happy group right now."