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Men’s Swimming: Irish travel to first ACC meet

Observer Staff Report | Friday, November 8, 2013


After a loss to Purdue last weekend, Notre Dame takes on ACC opponents Pittsburgh and No. 21 Virginia Tech in a tri-dual meet Saturday in Pittsburgh.

The Irish (1-3) will face an undefeated squad in the Panthers (2-0), who beat St. Bonaventure and Bucknell earlier this season.

In his team’s 199-99 win over Bucknell last month, Panthers junior Luke Nosbisch claimed the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke and was on the winning 200-yard medley relay with sophomore David Sweeney Jr., who also won the 100-yard freestyle event.

The Panthers also feature a strong tandem on the diving boards. Senior Aaron Snyder grabbed first place in the one-meter and three-meter springboard against Bucknell and in the three-meter event against St. Bonaventure. Junior Harris Bergman won the one-meter springboard against St. Bonaventure.

The Hokies (6-1, 2-0 ACC) will also bring a strong team that has recorded wins over No. 16 North Carolina and No. 22 North Carolina St. and a close 156.5-135.3 loss to No. 13 Ohio St.

Sophomore Joe Bonk led his team in its most recent victory, a 139-93 win over Cincinnati last Saturday. Bonk picked up wins in the 50-yard and 200-yard freestyle events.

This weekend’s meet is Notre Dame’s first in-conference meet as an ACC member. Pittsburgh will see its first ACC action Saturday as well.

Though they are both newcomers to the conference, the Irish and the Panthers are familiar foes from their Big East days. Notre Dame won last season’s dual meet between the two schools, 176-124.

The conference-opening action starts Saturday at 11 a.m. at Trees Pool in Pittsburgh.