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Men’s Swimming & Diving: Irish drop two straight at home over weekend

Andrew Owens | Monday, January 18, 2010

Notre Dame dropped two meets at home this weekend, to Michigan State and No. 16 Louisville, respectively.

Despite winning six events, the Irish (4-4, 1-1 Big East) dropped Friday’s match against Michigan State 179-121.

“Michigan State did an outstanding job preparing for this meet,” Irish coach Tim Welsh told und.com. “They were miles faster than they were last week against Purdue. All the credit goes to them to have done the extensive preparation to be ready tonight.”

Bill Bass, Wesley Mullins, Michael Sullivan and John Lytle all won individual events. Lytle finished first in both the 200-yard individual medley and the 50-yard freestyle.

The sixth Irish win came in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Joshua Nosal, Thomas Van Volkenburg, Andrew Hoffman, and Bass all competed in the event for Notre Dame.

“On our part, we were a little flat,” Welsh said. “We are in a mode where we are trying to focus on championship times, so we adjusted some events. Some of that was good for us and some was not.”

On Saturday, the Irish lost a competitive 166-134 meet against Louisville.

“What we did today is what we want to do in every meet,” Welsh told und.com. “Not in terms of wins or losses, but we raced with spirit, heart and commitment. We were much faster than last week. This was our fastest non-championship meet of the year.”

Lytle won a pair of events (200-yard and 100-yard freestyle) for the second consecutive day for the Irish.

Also victorious for Notre Dame were Wesley Villaflor, Nathan Geary and Petar Petrovic.
“It’s a giant step from where we were last night against Michigan State, and I’m very proud of how our men rebounded,” Welsh said. “Congratulations to Louisville on a hard-fought win.”

The Irish will now prepare for the Shamrock Invitational,  which will be held on Jan. 29 and 30.