NOTRE DAME, Indiana, October 15. FOR the second day in a row, Michigan was the top performer at the Rolfs Aquatic Center. The Wolverines were 3-0 on the day with wins over Notre Dame (174-119), TCU (178-115) and Oakland (190-97). The Irish sunk the Golden Grizzles and Horned Frogs by scores of 194-100 and 174-126, respectively.
Sophomore Frank Dyer led the way for the Irish with his pair of victories on the afternoon in the 100 and 200 free. Dyer also recorded the first NCAA B-cut of the season with his 1:37.92 showing in the 200 free.
"It is very good start for us and we are headed into a major week of training with some energy, excitement and spirit," said head coach Tim Welsh.
Freshmen Nick Nemetz added another gold medal for the Irish off the 1-meter springboard with his total of 332.55 points, which was nearly 25 points ahead of the second place diver. Nemetz was just one of many freshmen to perform well on the weekend.
"I think that is the story," said Welsh. "We have 16 freshmen, 12 on the swimming end and four on the diving end. So this was very much the beginning of things, not only for them but also for the next four years. It was exiting to see where they are. We swam a lot in 24 hours but I thought they go off to an exceptional start, perhaps no more exciting than Nick Nemetz winning the 1-meter springboard in his first collegiate meet. That is a phenomenal start at the diving end. Our freshmen are going to be a very strong part of the team and we saw that being to immerge this weekend."
Michigan's Connor Jaeger broke the second oldest swimming pool record at the Rolfs Aquatic Center on Saturday with his 9:10.63 performance in the 1,000 free. The previous record of 9:18.81 was set by Kane of Stanford in 1989.
Notre Dame will next return to the pool when they travel to BIG EAST foe Pittsburgh on October 28th.
On the strength of six victories out of 16 events, the Notre Dame women's swimming and diving team cruised to a pair of victories over TCU and Oakland on Saturday at the Rolfs Aquatic Center.
The Irish (2-0) topped the Horned Frogs, 173-127, and knocked off the Golden Grizzlies, 207-93.
Earning victories on the day were the 200-medley relay team, Amy Prestinario (200 free), Kelly Ryan (100 and 200 back), Lauren Stauder (200 breast) and Jenny Chiang (1-meter dive).
Also showing continued improvement were a host of freshmen, including Bridget Casey, who earned a pair of second-place finishes in the 500 and 1,000 free events. Emma Reaney, Hannah Bowen, Suzanne Bessire and Melissa Scott also finished in the top five in numerous events throughout the day, while Allison Casareto earned a pair of top-four finishes in the diving events.
The Irish return to action on Friday, Oct. 21 when they host perennial power Auburn in a dual meet. The meet will get underway at 2 p.m. Admission is free and live stats will be available online for fans not able to make the meet.
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