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Women remain dominant, men find first season victory

Matt Puglisi | Monday, November 17, 2003

The women’s swimming and diving team continued its winning ways despite losing some swimmers to illness with a tri-meet sweep over Bowling Green (0-5) and Louisville (3-6), 188-90 and 189-89, respectively.”A lot of us had to sit out because of illness,” senior Meghan Perry-Eaton said. “Our swimmers that were healthy just had to make sure that they stepped it up.”The No. 19 Irish (4-1) dominated the meet, taking 15 of 16 events.Senior Lisa Garcia (200-yard butterfly, 100-yard butterfly, and 200-yard individual medley) recorded a trio of victories to lead the way for the Irish, while freshmen Katie Carroll (50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle) and Ellen Johnson (1,000-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke) and Perry-Eaton (1- and 3-meter diving) each won a pair of events.For Perry-Eaton, the two victories preserved her undefeated record in diving this season.”I trained hard this summer and have been focused this season,” Perry-Eaton said. “We have a bunch of new divers this year, and we’re working well as a team, which is really beneficial.”The men’s team dropped two meets but also picked up its first victory of the season as the Irish (1-5) fell to both No. 19 Brigham Young (4-1) and Iowa (5-1), 178-116 and 174-119, respectively, yet crushed Louisville (2-11), 223-62, in a quadrangular meet last Friday.”We swam the fastest we have all season,” freshman Chris Zeches said. “We had more people qualify for the Big East Championships, which is a step in the right direction for our ultimate goal of winning the Big East.”Freshmen Ted Brown (1,000-yard freestyle) and Tim Kegelman (100-yard butterfly) and sophomore Patrick Davis (500-yard freestyle) posted overall victories in the meet. In addition, senior co-captain Matt Obringer and freshman Justin Barber and Alan Carter all qualified for the Big East Championships, bumping up Notre Dame’s list of qualified swimmers to 15.