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Dennis Stark Relays Kick Off Notre Dame's Season -- October 6, 2005

SOUTH BEND, Indiana, October 6. THE University of Notre Dame will host the Dennis Stark Relays this weekend, marking the season-opener for the Irish on both the male and female side. The competition is scheduled for Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the Rolfs Aquatic Center. The Irish are the defending Big East Conference champions for both genders.

The relay competition will also feature squads from Ball State, Cleveland State, Marquette, Oakland (Mich.), Valparaiso and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. There will be 13 events contested – 11 swimming and two diving. The meet is named in honor of Dennis Stark, who was the head coach of the Irish from 1958-85. This year marks the 41st edition of the relays.

“It’s always exciting to get the season started,” said Notre Dame men’s head coach Tim Welsh. “The Dennis Stark Relays are a real chance to race and let us get the season under way. We are excited to use our new starting blocks and get in the pool. Plus, this meet carries its own excitement. We have some new teams coming in this year and they will provide depth and strength to the field.”