NCAA Div. I Men: St. Bonaventure Nips Notre Dame on Final Relay, Wins 125-118

OLEAN, N.Y., FEb. 1. THE University of Notre Dame men's swimming and diving team was edged out on the road Saturday afternoon, dropping a dual meet to St. Bonaventure at the Reilly Center Pool, 125-118. The meet came down to the final relay, as the Bonnies touched in 3:07.44 and Notre Dame was right behind in 3:07.52.

Freshman Adrian Blaszczak led the Bonnies, setting two pool records. Blaszczak crushed the 200-yard breaststroke time (2:05.46) finishing in 2:02.89. Blaszczak teamed up with senior Lucas Kneeland, junior Morgan Hagerman and sophomore Seth Johnson to break the 400-yard medley relay record (3:28.79) in 3:27.38.

Johnson aided in the defeat of the Fighting Irish, claiming gold in the 50 and 100-yard freestyles. Freshman Mike Petock also earned two first place finishes taking the 200-yard individual medley (1:55.85) and the 500-yard free (4:42.46).

Claiming the Bonnies' last two individual gold medals were senior Borut Poje winning the 200-yard free in 1:42.97 and junior Randy Kozlowski taking the three-meter dive with a score of 262.275.

The Bonnies 400-yard free relay team comprised of Hagerman, Poje, Petock and junior Adam Conklin took gold to seal the victory for the Bonnies in the final event of the meet with a time of 3:07.44.

St. Bonaventure built an early lead behind victories in the 400 medley relay, 1,000 freestyle and 200 freestyle. Matt Obringer, J.R. Teddy and Jamie Lutkus finished second in the 1,000 free, 200 free and 200 IM to keep the meet close, but at the first diving break the home team held a 66-46 advantage.

The Notre Dame diving contingent of Andy Maggio, Tong Xie and Joe Miller combined to finish second, third and fourth in three-meter diving to edge their team a bit closer on the scoreboard.

The Irish then began a big rally behind a 200 butterfly victory by Teddy (1:53.11) and a sweep of the top three spots in the 200 backstroke led by Doug Bauman (1:52.50). Andy Maggio drew the Irish even closer with a victory in one-meter diving (304.80 points).

St. Bonaventure ended up winning the 500 freestyle but with the 200 breaststroke and final relay remaining, Notre Dame held a 105-102 advantage.

The Bonnies came back to win the 200 breast to set up the final dramatic relay.

Notre Dame's dual meet record is now 6-7 and the Irish look forward to their final dual of the season at Oakland on Saturday, Feb. 8.

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