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Men’s Swimming: Buckeyes bust into Rolfs

Joe Meixell | Friday, November 21, 2008

Notre Dame faces its toughest challenge of the season when No. 11 Ohio State travels to the Rolfs Aquatic Center at 5 p.m. tonight with an undefeated 3-0 record on the season.

The Irish enter the meet with a 3-2 record on the year. In their most recent meet, they swept a dual meet at Cleveland State against the Vikings and Miami (OH). The Irish improved their record against Cleveland State to 22-2 under Coach Tim Welsh.

But in their only meet against top-25 competition, the Irish fell to No. 16 Purdue, 187-108. Unfortunately for the Irish, it doesn’t get much easier against the Buckeyes.

“Ohio State may be the fastest team to visit Notre Dame this season,” Irish coach Tim Welsh said. “They swim very well in dual meets, and we are expecting this to be one of our toughest of the season. Hopefully this will bring out fast swims on our end as well.”

The meet is the first of at least two times where the Irish will face off against the Buckeyes. Notre Dame returns the favor and travels to Columbus for the Ohio State Invitational, which runs from Dec. 5-7. This is Notre Dame’s last meet before the trip.

Although the Irish and Buckeyes have not swam against each other in a dual meet in quite some time, they have participated in the Ohio State Invitational in each of the past two seasons. The Irish finished third in 2006 and fourth in 2007 while the Buckeyes placed second in both years. The University of Minnesota came in first in each meet.