SOUTH BEND, Indiana, October 10. NOTRE Dame’s men’s and women’s programs got their seasons off to successful starts over the weekend, as the Irish claimed team honors at the Dennis Stark Relays. The Irish men tallied 254 points while winning 10 of 13 events and the women totaled 240 points behind 10 victories of their own.
The Irish women began the meet in fine form, winning the 200 freestyle relay in 1:38.14. Freshman Christa Riggins began the race with a leg of 24.48 in her first collegiate swim. Junior Raine Paulson-Andrews, junior Meghan Linnelli and sophomore Katie Guida finished off the victory.
The men’s team kicked off the evening with its own victory in the second event, taking the 200 freestyle relay in 1:26.73. Senior Tim Randolph, sophomore Eric Swenson, senior Chris Barnes and junior Nick Fanslau comprised the winning squad. Ball State captured its first event of the meet in the women’s 400 medley relay, touching the wall first in 3:57.57.
The first meet record of the evening fell in the men’s 400 medley relay. Oakland’s team of Eric Lynn, Zoltan Horvath, Chris Tansel and Chris Sullivan placed first in 3:26.76. That effort was followed by a record-breaking performance from the Notre Dame 800 free relay, which clocked 7:32.87 and used a 1:50.89 leadoff leg from Katie Carroll. She was joined by Ellen Johnson, Rebecca Grove and Ann Barton. In the men’s 800 free relay, the Notre Dame unit of Brian Freeman, Jace Hopper, Daniel Lutkus and Patrick Davis went 6:59.19 for a new meet standard.
In the diving well, the Notre Dame men and women combined to win three of the four events. The Irish men swept both the one-meter relay format and the three-meter synchronized diving events. Michael Bulfin and Steve Crowe posted a 224.40 score in three-meter synchronized diving, while the same team combined for a 557.9 score in one-meter diving.
Tara Hyer and Lucy Hirt combined for a victory in women’s three-meter synchronized, compiling a score of 196.60. They were bested in one-meter diving, however, by the combination of Ball State’s Katie Boyle and Stephanie Paul with 467.75 points. Hirt and Hyer ended up with a total of 428.15.
Notre Dame, 240
Ball State, 200
Illinois State, 154
Cleveland State, 46
Notre Dame, 254
Ball State, 162
Cleveland State, 70