INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, February 27. WHILE the Notre Dame women dominated the first night of swimming at the Big East Championships, their male counterparts turned a Louisville disqualification into a day-one lead of their own.
The Notre Dame women started the night off right as Emma Reaney (1:45.88), Kelly Ryan (1:45.75), Suzanne Bessire (1:49.05) and Jaime Malandra (1:50.16) won the women's 800-yard free relay with a 7:10.84. Villanova's Hayley Edwards, Roxanne Tammadge, Katrin Heider and Kaisla Kollanus finished second in 7:12.73, while Louisville's Kelsi Worrell, Breann McDowell, Johanna Cowley and Eszter Povazsay claimed third in 7:14.96.
Louisville's Alex Burtch (1:35.95), Joao De Lucca (1:33.06), Albert Lloyd (1:36.60) and Samuel Hoekstra (1:36.72) then clipped the meet record in the men's 800-yard free relay with a 6:22.33. That swim beat the Cardinals' 2012 effort of 6:22.70, and cleared the NCAA A cut. Notre Dame's Frank Dyer, Kevin Hughes, John McGinley and William Bass placed second in 6:23.40, also an NCAA A cut. Pittsburgh's Hussein Medhat-Mohamed, Otto Pagel, Avery Warrington and David Sweeney took third in 6:32.47.
Louisville's men won two straight as Nikolas Sachs topped the men's one-meter diving event with 316.45 points. Notre Dame's Nicholas Nemetz (310.05) and Connecticut's Grant Fecteau (304.45) took second and third.
Notre Dame's women picked up a second win as well as Jennifer Chiang won the women's three-meter diving event with 329.85 points. Louisville's Hannah Gadd (329.00) and Notre Dame's Allison Casareto (320.20) took a close second and third in the event. With the win, Chang became the first diver to ever four-peat the women's three-meter event in Big East history.
The Fighting Irish swept the women's events as Lauren Scott (25.46), Emma Reaney (27.29), Kim Holden (23.40) and Catherine Galletti (22.59) raced to a time of 1:38.74 to win the women's 200-yard medley relay, just missing the conference record and NCAA A cut time. Louisville's Kristina Brandenburg, Gisselle Kohoyda, Tanja Kylliainen and Grite Apanaviciute took second in 1:39.34, while Pittsburgh's Joanna Budzis, Camille Dixon, Veronica Lee and Danielle des Tombe wound up third in 1:41.18.
Louisville then had a tough break with a disqualification in the men's 200-yard medley relay. Notre Dame's Bogac Ayhan (22.37), Cameron Miller (23.73), Frank Dyer (20.58) and Zach Stephens (19.65) won the race in 1:26.33. Pittsburgh's Adam Maczewski, Luke Nosbisch, Kourosh Ahani and Alexander Rodenkirk took second in 1:27.34, while Connecticut's Keith Piper, Lachezar Shumkov, Diguan Pigot and Kyungsoo Yoon earned third in 1:29.98.
Women's Team Scores
Notre Dame 141
Seton Hall 45
Men's Team Scores
Notre Dame 133
Seton Hall 54