Notre Dame dominates the pool at Downstate Dual
Observer Sports Staff | Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Notre Dame continued to excel in the pool Saturday by swiftly defeating Ball State in the Downstate Dual at Lewellen Aquatic Center in Muncie, Indiana.
The Irish men defeated the Cardinals by a score of 148.5-82.5, while the women’s team won 129-108.
The meet marked back-to-back record-setting performances for both male and female Irish swimmers, starting with the Shamrock Invitational a week before.
The women’s 200-meter medley relay team of senior Catherine Mulquin, sophomore Meaghan O’Donnell, sophomore Nikki Smith and freshman Katie Smith broke the pool record by more than a second with a time of 1:43.02.
The men’s power four, consisting of freshman Jack Montresi, senior Trent Jackson, junior Justin Plaschka and sophomore Daniel Speers, took care of business by swimming at a time of 1:31.07. The previous record was at 1:33.65.
The pool record for the men’s 100 back, 50.78 seconds back in 2000, was doubly broken, with Notre Dame sophomore Matt Grauslys clocking in at 50.12 while senior Kevin Bradley came just behind him at 50.32.
It was a successful day for Irish men’s divers as junior Peter Myers won both the 1-meter and 3-meter events with scores of 283.35 and 314.55. Freshman Cristian Herrera earned second place behind Myers with scores of 248.55 and 280.80.
Eleven other Irish swimmers took first place in their events, ranging from the women’s 1,000 freestyle to the men’s 100 fly.
The Irish women will next head down to Atlanta for the ACC championships beginning Monday, while the men will compete in Columbus, Ohio, for the Ohio State Winter Invitational on Feb. 11-12.