Notre Dame prepares for second home meet
Observer Sports Staff | Thursday, November 1, 2018
The Notre Dame swimming and diving program will host its second-consecutive meet when the Pittsburgh Panthers and Virginia Tech Hokies visit South Bend this weekend.
The Irish, coming off a home sweep of Purdue, will not have to travel for the second-straight weekend as the competition comes to the Rolfs Aquatic Center.
The upcoming meet will pit the Irish against ACC foes for the second time in the young season. In their first ACC matchup against Georgia Tech and Miami last month, the Irish swept the competition in Atlanta. Notre Dame’s second home meet will be a two-day dual meet against the Hokies and the Panthers.
The three programs previously met in the regular season in November of 2016. In that meet in Pittsburgh, the Irish women claimed two victories while the men defeated Pittsburgh.
On the women’s side, the No. 13 Irish are coming off a dominant performance in which they claimed first place in 12 events against the Boilermakers. After dominating Purdue by the final score of 190-110, the Irish women face stiff competition from the Hokies and Panthers.
The Irish women are undefeated to start the season, now holding a 5-0-1 mark through six meets. The lone tie came against Indiana, who is currently ranked No. 9 in the nation.
The No. 18 Irish men, who started the season 0-3, falling to Indiana, Kentucky and Missouri in Bloomington, have bounced back to win their last two meets. Notre Dame carries that momentum into a challenging meet against No. 25 Pittsburgh and a Virginia Tech team that is fresh off a win against No. 10 Ohio State.
The meet kicks off on Friday with eight swimming events and two diving events. Both the men and women will compete in eight swimming events, and the women will compete in the 3-meter diving while the men dive from the 1-meter.
The meet will break for the night after the first 10 events Friday, and it will resume on Saturday morning with the 200-yard medley relay. On Saturday, the women will dive from the 1-meter while the men switch to the 3-meter.
The Irish will aim to continue their winning streak with a victory this weekend. For the women, an undefeated record is on the line. Meanwhile, the men will battle for the chance to surface above .500 for the first time this season. Friday’s events start at 5 p.m. inside the Rolfs Aquatic Center, while Saturday’s competition will begin at 11 a.m.