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Men in first, women third after first day

Justin Schuver | Friday, December 5, 2003

The Notre Dame men’s and women’s swimming teams each impressed in the opening day of the Notre Dame Invitational, with the men currently in first place and the women tied for third.The Irish men, who have 682.50 points, were led by victories by Jamie Lutkus in the 200-meter individual medley, and a win by the 200-meter freestyle team. Tim Randolph, Frank Krakowski, Tim Kegelman and Louis Cavadini combined to win the event in 1 minute, 22.41 seconds, just edging out Big East foe West Virginia’s 1:22.66.Lutkus won his event with a time of 1:52.93, but was not the only Irish swimmer to perform well, as the six top finishers were all members of the Notre Dame team. Dave Moisan gave Lutkus a battle, finishing just behind his teammate with a time of 1:52.49.The women’s team was bolstered by Meghan Perry-Eaton’s victory in the three-meter diving board, as the Irish collected 270 points on the day, good enough for a third place tie with Denison. After day one, Bowling Green is the leader with 401 points, followed by West Virginia with 272.Perry-Eaton continued her undefeated season with an easy win on the diving board, collecting 516.60 points. Her next closest opponent, New Mexico’s Becca Barras, was second with 473.20.Despite having to compete with a squad depleted by illness and academic commitments, the swimming team performed well, including a third place finish in the 200-meter freestyle relay.