Irish squads top ACC rival Florida State
Observer Sports Staff | Tuesday, January 23, 2018
No. 22 Notre Dame earned a victory over ACC foe and the No. 20 men’s and No. 25 women’s Florida State squad to remain perfect in the ACC with its win Saturday.
The Irish earned their first ACC victory back in October over the then-No. 7 and men’s and then-No. 9 women’s Cardinals. That win was followed by victories over Georgia Tech and now Florida State, and the Irish are 3-0 against ACC opponents just three weeks away from the ACC championship. The men’s team is currently ranked fourth in the ACC with 812 points, while the women’s team ranks fifth in the conference with 803.05 points. North Carolina State sits atop the men’s standings, while Louisville leads the women.
The men’s team defeated the Seminoles 191-162, led by strong performances from senior Rob Whitacre, senior diver Joe Coumos, junior Tabahn Afrik and freshman Zach Yeadon. Whitacre helped the Irish to three wins, winning the 200-yard backstroke, the 200-yard individual medley and swimming a leg of the victorious 400-yard medley relay. Afrik won the 100-yard freestyle and swam a leg for the winning men’s winning 400-yard medley relay team. Yeadon continued his distance dominance winning both the men’s 500-yard and 1,000-yard freestyle races.
The women’s team, too, came out victorious over the Seminoles, winning 193-160 with victories in multiple events. The women’s team was spearheaded by freshman Lindsay Stone, senior Molly Treble, sophomores Abbie Dolan and Lauren Heller and junior Alice Treuth.
Like Whitacre, Stone was able to pull off three first place finishes, as she won the 500-meter freestyle race, the 1,000-meter freestyle and swam a leg of the 400-yard medley relay. Treble finished a close runner-up to Stone in the 1,000-yard freestyle and she also contributed a leg to the 400-yard medley relay. Dolan and Heller took first and second in the 200-yard freestyle. Treuth won the 100-yard freestyle and contributed a leg in the 400-yard medley relay.
The Irish will return home after a five-week road trip when they host the Shamrock Invitational beginning Jan. 19 at Rolf’s Aquatic Center.