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Men’s Swimming: Irish host tough competition

Andrew Owens | Friday, January 29, 2010

This weekend, the Irish will square off in their last meet before the Big East Championships next month.

The Irish, who are receiving votes in the latest CSCAA Top 25 Poll, will match up against Iowa, Denver and Missouri in the Shamrock Invitational Friday and Saturday at Rolfs Aquatic Center.

Missouri and Denver also received votes in the latest poll, but are unranked.

The Irish are hoping that a recent training trip to Puerto Rico over the holidays will help them in the final month as they prepare for the Big East Championships. They will look to rebound after three consecutive losses dropped them to 4-4 on the season.

They dropped each of their two matches a couple weekends ago, against Michigan State and Louisville, respectively.

The Irish won six events against the Spartans but it was not enough in a 179-121 loss.

Freshmen Bill Bass and Wesley Mullins, junior Michael Sullivan and senior John Lytle all won individual events. Lytle won both the 200-yard individual medley and the 50-yard free.

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

The disappointing loss was followed by a very close defeat the next day for Irish coach Tim Welsh’s squad. They dropped a competitive 166-134 match to conference rival Louisville.

The loss gave the Irish a 1-1 conference record on the season.

Lytle once again was victorious this time in the 100 and 200 free events. Juniors Wesley Villaflor and Nathan Geary and sophomore Petar Petrovic also picked up victories for the Irish.

The Irish need every win they can get right now as they attempt to win their fifth Big East title in six seasons.