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Men’s Swimming: Irish host conference foes

By Megan Finneran | Wednesday, November 7, 2012

This weekend Notre Dame continues its stretch of home meets and looks to remain undefeated.

The Irish (3-0) most recently took down No. 18 Purdue in a dual meet with 156 points to the Boilermakers’ 144. Now they welcome back-to-back competition from fellow Big East squads and seek two more victories.

Pittsburgh will head into Notre Dame on Friday afternoon, with No. 16 Louisville presenting Saturday.

“We have rival Louisville on Saturday,” senior Chris Johnson said. “We’re going to need to swim just as competitively [as we did against Purdue] and even faster if we want to take them down.”

The Irish took seven of 16 first-place finishes against Purdue, relying also on the extra push from second- and third-place finishes. The squad swept the top three places in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke. All-American junior Frank Dyer continued to lead the Irish against Purdue, taking wins in three events.

“[Last weekend] was a total team effort but there are things we can work on like walls and breathing patterns,” Dyer said. “It is a great meet to come off of going into Pitt and Louisville.”

Pittsburgh (2-1) comes off a 237-63 win at Cincinnati, led by senior Adam Maczewski and his undefeated career record in the 100-yard backstroke.

Louisville (1-1), the only ranked Big East team, finds leadership in junior Joao De Lucca, who ranks third nationally in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 44.04 and ninth in the 200-yard freestyle at 1:38.76. The Cardinal also bring a comfortable newcomer, freshman Bryan Draganosky, who holds the No. 8-place ranking in the 1000-yard freestyle at 9:21.14.

Despite this, Louisville comes off a loss in its most recent