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ND Swimming: Men’s, women’s teams both claim top honors

Mike Gotimer | Monday, October 6, 2008

Both Notre Dame’s men’s and women’s teams captured first at this weekend’s Dennis Stark Relays.

The men’s team scored a total of 255 points in the meet, held at Notre Dame, outscoring second-place Oakland University by 51 points. The team also set two meet records in the process.

Notre Dame’s first record-setting performance came in the 200-yard freestyle relay, the meet’s first event. The team of junior John Lyttle, freshman Marshall Sherman, sophomore Thomas Van Volkenburg and junior David Anderson, set the record with a time of 1:25.02.

Lyttle was part of Notre Dame’s second record-breaking performance in the last event of the day, the 400-freestyle relay. The team of Lyttle, junior Andrew Hoffman, senior Danny Lutkus and sophomore Joshual Nosal set the record with a time of 3:06.21.

“This is a young team and we’re a work in progress,” Irish men’s coach Tim Welsh said. “What we saw today were some very good glimpses of what is soon to come. Our energy and efforts were great.”

The women were equally dominant in the pool, winning all 12 events and setting a women’s record with 280 points in the meet. The second place finisher, Ball State, came in 82 points behind the Irish with 198.

The 200 medley relay team of freshman Colleen Fotsch and sophomores Samantha Maxwell, Kellyn Kuhlke and Amywren Miller set an event record with a time of 1:47.44.

The Irish’s closest race of the night came in the 1000 freestyle relay, as the team of sophomore Lauren Sylvester and junior Zeina Shanata trailed in the middle of the race, but Shanata helped the team earn a gold medal with a late surge and the team finished with a time of 10:23.89.

Women’s coach Brian Barnes thought the team’s performance was a good building block to start the season.

“We were successful in what we sought to do but there’s still a lot of work left to do,” Barnes said. “There is a ton of potential here, and that’s what we’re excited about. We’re learning where we are and now it’s time to figure out where we need to go.”

Both teams will have plenty of time off and will not return to action for another three weeks.