LOUISVILLE, Kentucky, November 12. THE University of Louisville swimming and diving teams swept Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon at the Ralph Wright Natatorium with the men prevailing 191-109 while the women posted a score of 188-112.
"I was very pleased with the effort today," said U of L head coach Arthur Albiero. "We did a lot of things well, but most importantly this meet was about us getting better as team. It started with Xavier and continued through Tennessee, Pittsburgh, and now really showed against Notre Dame that our goal in every meet is just to get better as a team."
Multiple winners for the U of L men's swimming team included Carlos Almeida who won the 100-breast and the 200-IM. Pedro Oliveira took the 200-back and the 200-fly while Joao De Lucca won the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events. For the women, Eszter Povazsay took the 100- and 200-backstroke events while Hannah Gadd won both diving events for the Cardinals. In the long distance races, Victoria Mitchell won the 1000-yard freestyle with Abby Chin coming in second, and in the 500-yard freestyle Abby Chin came in first with Victoria Mitchell coming in second.
In the women's 200-yard medley relay, Krissie Brandenburg, Lindsey Rogers, Raine Thompson, and Aileen Cole finished first with a time of 1:41.62. In the men's 200-medley relay, the foursome of Brendon Andrews, Kameron Chastain, Tim Collins, and Matt Schlytter placed first with a time of 1:29.29.
In the men's 200-free, U of L took two of the top three spots with Joao De Lucca touching first with a time of 1:37.23 and Alex Burtch coming in third with a time of 1:41.50. In the women's race, the top finisher for the Cardinals was Breann McDowell placing fourth with a time of 1:52.47.
In the 100-backstroke event, the U of L women swept the top three spots with Eszter Povazsay placing first with a time of 55.74. Krissie Brandenburg and Mary Mittel came second and third with times of 56.52 and 57.53 respectively. In the men's 100-backstroke, Caryle Blondell placed first with a time of 50.07.
In the men's 100-breast, U of L took the top two spots with Carlos Almeida placing first with a time of 54.37 while Kameron Chastain hit the wall in 55.20.
In the women's 200-fly, the Cardinals took the top two spots with Tanja Kylliainen touching in first with a time of 1:59.17 just ahead of Abby Chin, who went 2:00.78. The men swept the top three spots in the 200-fly with Pedro Oliveira taking the top spot with a time of 1:48.08. Kevin Bandy finished in second with a time of 1:51.34 and Juan Lopez took third in 1:51.85.
Freshman Dani Barbiea beat out senior teammate Aileen Cole by eight one hundredths of a second in the 50-yard free with a time of 23.46 giving U of L the top two spots in that event. Senior Brendon Andrews and freshman Caryle Blondell gave the Cardinals two of the top three spots in the event placing second and third respectively.
Joao De Lucca led the men to a sweep of the top three spots in the 100-yard free with a time of 45.24. Brendon Andrews had another strong race placing second with a time of 45.35, and Albert Lloyd came in third with a time of 46.35. For the women in the 100 yard free Aileen Cole finished second with a time of 51.27 and Dani Barbiea touched third with a time of 51.34.
For U of L in the 200-yard backstroke, the men and women both took two of the top three spots in the race. For the women, junior Eszter Povazsay cruised into first place with a time of 2:00.44 while Victoria Mitchell touched second right behind her in 2:00.71. For the men, Pedro Oliveira took the top spot touching in 1:48.46 and Juan Lopez took third coming in at 1:50.61.
Senior Raine Thompson led the Cards to a sweep in the 100-fly touching first with speedy time of 55.91. Tanja Kylliainen came in second with a time of 56.56. Jackie Sherrard touched third in 57:04. For the men, senior Tim Collins finished first in 49.80 while Pedro Oliveira finished third in 50.20.
In the 200-IM, Carlos Almeida led the men to a first place finish touching in 1:50.93, and Alex Burtch finished second in 1:52.02. For the women, Tanja Kylliainen finished up the day strong with a time of 2:04.24 good enough for second place, and Fanny Lilliestrom touched third in 2:04.25.
In the last event of the day, the 400-freestyle relay the foursome of Carlos Almeida, Joao De Lucca, Caryle Blondell, and Samuel Hoekstra took home first place for the Cardinals with a final time of 2:59.39. The women's team of Aileen Cole, Eszter Povazsay, Krissie Brandenburg, and Dani Barbiea touched second with a final time of 3:25.19.
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