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Men’s Swimming: ND tries to shake early-season funk

Joe Meixell | Friday, November 16, 2007

Notre Dame hopes to add one more win to their 1-3 dual meet record when they host Cleveland State tonight at Rolfs Aquatic Center.

Last weekend the No. 17 Irish captured their first dual meet of the season over Pittsburgh, 169-131. The Irish squad captured eight individual victories and was led by sophomores John Lytle and MacKenzie LeBlanc.

LeBlanc took first in both the 200-yard butterfly and the 500- yard freestyle, while Lytle won both the 50- and 100-yardfreestyle. Lytle also combined with sophomore Andrew Hoffman, freshman Joshua Nosal and sophomore Ray Toomey to place first in 200-yard freestyle relay, while their teammates junior Bill Bauman, junior Jeff Wood, freshman Thomas Van Volkenburg and senior Rob Seery took third in the relay.

The Irish also dominated the 3-meter diving board – junior Michael Bulfin, senior Sam Stoner, and senior Steven Crowe finished in the top three spots, respectively. The Irish earned their fourth straight win over the Panthers and are now 4-4 in the series against Pittsburgh under the coaching of Tim Welsh.

During the 2006-2007 season, the Irish moved their record to 8-0 after defeating Cleveland State in a meet where they also faced Duquesne and Xavier. The Irish hope to be just as successful this time around.

The Viking’s have had an impressive start this season, boasting a record of 5-1. Their sole loss came from Miami (Ohio). Tuesday, the Vikings took first place in Cleveland’s City College meet. The team defeated both Baldwin-Wallace and Gannon to add two wins to their record.

Cleveland State swam in the first dual meet ever held in the Rolfs Aquatic Center.

“It adds a sentimental aspect to the meet,” Welsh said.

This meet will serve as an indicator of where the Irish stand as the Ohio State Invitational on Dec. 1-2 draws near.

“We’re looking at [today] as a really important measuring stick,” Welsh said. “And we haven’t won a meet at home yet. Winning at home is something we want to do before much longer.”

The meet begins tonight at 6.