Abbie Dolan Throws Down 1:46.7 200 Free In ND/Purdue Dual

PURDUE vs NOTRE DAME

  • Friday, October 26th
  • South Bend, IN
  • Short Course Yards
  • Results

TEAM SCORES

MEN

  1. Notre Dame – 157
  2. Purdue – 126

WOMEN

  1. Notre Dame – 190
  2. Purdue – 110

Notre Dame posted men’s and women’s victories against Purdue on Friday, October 26th in South Bend. Junior Abbie Dolan led the way for the Fighting Irish, posting victories in the 100 and 200 free. In the 100 free, Dolan touched the wall in 49.60, winning the event by nearly 1.5 seconds. In the 200, Dolan blasted a 1:46.72 to claim victory, marking the 9th fastest time in the NCAA this season. ND freshman Sinead Eksteen came in 2nd on the 200, posting a 1:50.59. Dolan also split 22.64 to anchor the winning women’s 200 medley relay (1:40.18), and led of the winning 400 free relay (3:22.69) in 49.92.

Cailey Grunhard earned a win for ND, posting a speedy 54.43 to win the women’s 100 fly, leading a 1-2-3 finish by ND. Rachel Witttmer Came in 2nd (55.14), and Erin Sheehan came in 3rd (55.22). Alice Treuth swam to victory in the women’s 200 back, hitting the wall in 1:57.33, beating out teammate Bayley Stewart (1:57.92).

Lindsay Stone continued to clean up in the distance events for the Fighting Irish. In the 1000, Stone swam a 9:55.88 to win by 7 seconds. She then posted a 4:51.48 to win the 500, with Sinead Eksteen coming in 2nd at 4:53.37. ND had a tight 1-2 finish in the 200 fly as well. Nikki Smith got her hands on the wall first, clocking a 1:59.60, followed very closely by Luciana Thomas, Who finished in 1:59.68.

In the men’s meet, Zach Yeadon led the way with wins in the 200 and 500 free. In the 200, Yeadon posted a 1:37.83, just a couple tenths off his season best. ND went 1-2-3-4 in the 200, with Marci Barta coming in 2nd (1:38.46), Aaron Schultz coming in 3rd (1:40.62), and Andrew Winton coming in 4th (1:42.31). Yeadon went on the win the 500, posting a 4:22.31 for the 6th fastest time in the NCAA so far this season. Barta came in 2nd, posting a speedy 4:26.81. Barta also won the 200 IM with a 1:49.31.

Zachary Smith posted a 1:48.98 to win the 200 fly for the Fighting Irish, with Max Miranda (ND) coming in 2nd at 1:49.44. Jack Montesi swam a 1:48.54 to claim victory in the 200 back, coming in 2nd in the 100 back (48.94) to Purdue’s Joe Young (48.78). Tabahn Afrik claimed a double event win, going 20.45 to win the 50 free, and 44.64 to win the 100 free.

PRESS RELEASE – NOTRE DAME:

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The Notre Dame swimming and diving program opened their home season as they hosted in-state rival Purdue for a dual meet. Both teams swept the Boilermakers, as the women scored 190 points to their 110, while then men won 168-132.

The team led off with a strong first-place finish in the 200 medley relay, as the women’s relay team made up of Carly QuastMeaghan O’DonnellCailey Grunhard and Abbie Dolan finished in 1:40.18. The men’s relay teams took second and third to continue the hot start for the Irish.

In total, the two teams combined for 21 first place finishes (twelve from the women and nine on the men’s side), including a record six-straight as the men won the 200 fly, 50 free, 100 free, 200 back, 200 breast and 500 free. The six-straight was highlighted by Tabahn Afrik, who took two of those top spots in back-to-back events. First, in the 50 free, Afrik swam a 20.45 before posting a time of 44.54 in the 100 free. Through 32 events on the night, the Irish swimmers and divers finished in the top-three on 56 separate occasions.

“It was a great effort by both our teams today on both ends of the pool,” head coach Mike Litzinger said. “Our men rose to the occasion again today and put us in a great spot.”

The women also went on a win-streak, topping the board in four-straight events to start the meet. Following a first place finish in the 200 medley relay, Lindsay Stone won her third consecutive race 1,000 yards or more. She finished the 1,000 free with a time of 9:55.88. Abbie Dolan and Bailey Stewart continued the Irish run, finishing first in the 200 free and 100 back, respectively.

Dolan led the Irish, out-touching her opponents at the wall on three occasions. As the anchor of the medley relay, she helped her team to a 1:40.18 finishing time. Shortly after, she posted a 200 free time of 1:46.72. She finished her stellar night with a time of 49.50 in the 100 free. She was also the leadoff member of the 400 free relay team that took first-overall, with a time of 3:22.59.

“Our women, as always, swam and dove today like a team. We were very solid in all areas, and our depth carried the day,” Litzinger went on. “Abbie DOlan and Lindsay Stone led the way tonight. Erin Isol and Annie Weise took care of business on the diving end of the pool.”

The women divers took first and third in both the three-meter and one-meter diving events. Annie Weise finished first in the women’s three-meter dive, scoring a total of 316.5 while Erin Isola came in third. Claire Andrews led the one-meter event, recording a team best score of 280.12 while Kelly Straub finished third. 

Afrik and Zach Yeadon led the men’s side in first-place individual finishes, boasting two apiece. Yeadon led the Irish to their first win of the night, finishing the 200 free in 1:37.83. He also topped the boards in the 500 free, touching the wall in 4:22.31. Afrik came out on top in the 50 and 100 free events. The two were also a part of the 400 free relay team to take first-place, finishing in 2:59.02.

Zach Yeadon was great again, as was Tabahn Afrik and Will Cumberland,” he added. “We are looking forward to being home again next weekend.”

WOMEN’S TOP-FIVE FINISHERS:
200 Medley Relay
1st – 1:40.18 – Carly QuastMeaghan O’DonnellCailey GrunhardAbbie Dolan
4th – 1:43.93 – Bailey Stewart, Sammie EyolfsonErin SheehanKatie Smith

1000 Free
1st – 9:55.88 – Lindsay Stone
3rd – 10:27.18 – Sammy Steigerwald

200 Free
1st – 1:46.72 – Abbie Dolan
2nd – 1:50.59 – Sinead Eksteen
5th – 1:51.92 – Skylar Fore

100 Back
1st – 54.80 – Bailey Stewart
4th – 55.48 – Alice Treuth
5th – 55.61 – Carly Quast

100 Breast
2nd – 1:02.42 – Meaghan O’Donnell
4th – 1:04.35 – Sarah Nickolls

200 Fly
1st – 1:59.60 – Nikki Smith
2nd – 1:59.68 – Luciana Thomas
5th – 2:04.15 – Erin Sheehan

50 Free
2nd – 23.49 – Sofia Revilak
3rd – 23.50 – Rachel Whittmer
4th – 23.52 – Cailey Grunhard 
5th – 23.69 – Katie Smith

100 Free
1st – 49.50 – Abbie Dolan
3rd – 51.13 – Lauren Heller
4th – 51.15 – Skylar Fore

200 Back
1st – 1:57.33 – Alice Treuth
2nd – 1:57.92 – Bayley Stewart
4th – 2:00.57 – Kyra Sarazen

200 Breast
3rd – 2:18.92 – Meagan O’Donnell
4th – 2:20.57 – Sarah Nicholls
5th – 2:21.77 – Sammie Eyolfson

500 Free
1st – 4:51.48 – Lindsay Stone
2nd – 4:53.37 – Sinead Eksteen
4th – 5:02.09 – Madeline LaPorte

100 Fly
1st – 54.43 – Cailey Grunhard
2nd – 55:14 – Rachel Wittmer
3rd – 55.22 – Erin Sheehan
5th – 55.73 – Nikki Smith

200 IM
2nd – 2:05.48 – Luciana Thomas
5th – 2:08.42 – Erin Sheehan

400 Free Relay
1st – 3:22.59 – Abbie DolanSkylar ForeCailey GrunhardCarly Quast
3rd – 3:27.05 – Lauren HellerSofia RevilakSinead EksteenRachel Wittmer
5th – 3:32.70 – Katie SmithAlice TreuthKelly JacobMadeline LaPorte

3 Meter Diving
1st – 316.50 – Annie Wiese
3rd – 298.50 – Erin Isola
4th – 288.90 – Kelly Straub

1 Meter Diving
1st – 280.12 – Claire Andrews
3rd – 277.05 – Kelly Straub
5th – 266.40 – Annie Wiese

MEN’S TOP-FIVE FINISHERS:
200 Medley Relay
2nd – 1:29.68 – Jack MontesiSteven ShekZachary SmithTabahn Afrik
3rd – 1:30.46 – Brendan SantanaMatthew LimbacherMatt GrauslysAaron Schultz
5th – 1:34.27 – Joe Turk, Josh BottelbergheJack Russell, Dan Fujan

1000 Free
2nd – 9:28.22 – Sadler McKeen
3rd – 9:33.12 – Will Cumberland

200 Free
1st – 1:37.83 – Zach Yeadon
2nd – 1:38.46 – Marci Barta
3rd – 1:40.62 – Aaron Schultz
4th – 1:42.31 – Andrew Winton

100 Back
2nd – 48.94 – Jack Montesi
5th – 51.45 – Nick Milikich

100 Breast
2nd – 56.70 – Steven Shek
3rd – 56.93 – Matthew Limbacher
4th – 57.01 – Josh Bottelberghe
5th – 58.13 – Rex Riley

200 Fly
1st – 1:48.98 – Zachary Smith
2nd – 1:49.44 – Max Miranda
4th – 1:51.69 – Matt Grauslys

50 Free
1st – 20.45 – Tabahn Afrik

100 Free
1st – 44.54 – Tabahn Afrik
5th – 46.08 – Aaron Schultz

200 Back
1st – 1:48.54 – Jack Montesi
2nd – 1:49.07 – Sadler McKeen
3rd – 1:49.97 – Will Cumberland
5th – 1:52.44 – Joe Turk

200 Breast
1st – 2:02.87 – Josh Bottelberghe
2nd – 2:04.56 – Andrew Winton
3rd – 2:05.56 – Steven Shek
5th – 2:07.86 – Matthew Limbacher

500 Free
1st – 4:22.31 – Zach Yeadon
2nd – 4:26.81 – Marc Barta
4th – 4:33.17 – Max Miranda

100 Fly
2nd – 48.87 – Zachary Smith
4th – 50.31 – Matt Grauslys
5th – 50.66 – Brendan Santana

200 IM
1st – 1:49.13 – Marc Barta
2nd – 1:51.59 – Andrew Winton
3rd – 1:52.50 – Will Cumberland
4th – 1:53.51 – Nick Milikich

400 Free Relay
1st – 2:59.02 – Tabahn AfrikZach YeadonAaron SchultzSadler McKeen
4th – 3:06.95 – Dan Fujan, Jack MontesiSteven ShekZachary Smith
5th – 3:09.59 – Dan BannonBrendan SantanaMax MirandaJosh Bottelberghe

1 Meter Diving
4th – 278.92 – Austin Flaute
5th – 244.72 – Cristian Herrera

3 Meter Diving
3rd – 311.32 – Austin Flaute
4th – 262.27 – Cristian Herrera
5th – 253.95 – David Petrison

Up Next For The Irish
The Irish return to Rolfs Aquatic Center next Friday, November 2, as they host Pitt and Virginia Tech in a two day dual meet. The first event will begin Friday at 5 p.m. They will run half the events before breaking until 11 a.m. Saturday, November 3.

 

PRESS RELEASE – PURDUE:

TEAM SCORES
• Men: No. 18 Notre Dame 157, No. 25 Purdue 126
• Women: No. 13 Notre Dame 190, Purdue 110
EVENT VICTORIES
• Men: 7
• Women: 4
WON MULTIPLE EVENTS
• Men: Joe CifelliJoe Young
WON AN EVENT, RUNNER-UP IN ANOTHER
• Women: Danielle Auckley, Jinq En Phee
WON AN INDIVIDUAL EVENT, PART OF A RELAY WINNER
• Men: Trent PelliniJoe Young
SENIOR WINNERS 
• Men: Joe CifelliJoe Young
• Women: Danielle Auckley, Cady Farlow, Taite Kitchel
POSTED PURDUE’S FIRST B CUT OF THE SEASON
• Women: Jinq En Phee, 100 Breast

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Sweeps of the men’s springboard diving events and women’s breaststroke events helped the Boilermakers post a combined 11 victories, but the Purdue swimming & diving teams dropped both sides of their dual meet opener at Notre Dame on Friday.

The No. 25 Purdue men won four of the first five events, but were only victorious in one additional race the rest of the meet. Meanwhile, the No. 18 Fighting Irish had at least the top two finishers in six swimming events. That was ultimately the difference in the 157-126 final score.

Jinq En Phee (100) and Cady Farlow (200) teamed up for the sweep of the women’s breaststroke events for Purdue. Seniors Danielle Auckley (50 free) and Taite Kitchel (200 IM) also won events, but No. 13 Notre Dame improved to 5-0-1 in dual results this season with a 190-110 victory.

Joe Cifelli accounted for the springboard diving sweep on the men’s side. He teamed with Brandon Loschiavo and Ben Bramley to give the Boilermakers at least a 1-2 finish on both 1-meter and 3-meter.

Phee’s winning time of 1:01.73 in the 100 breast accounted for Purdue’s first NCAA provisional qualifying (B Cut) time of the season. An All-American in the event as a sophomore last season, she’ll represent the Boilermakers at the inaugural ACC/Big Ten Challenge at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center next month.

Joe Young was victorious in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly while also contributing to the victorious 200 medley relay to open the meet. Trent Pellini followed Young on medley relay quartet and later won the 100 breast.

Nick McDowell won the 1,000 free at Notre Dame for the second time in his career. Nikola Bjelajac was the runner-up in both freestyle sprints. Purdue accounted for a combined seven of the top nine finishers in the men’s 50 and 100 free. But UND’s Tabahn Afrik succeeded in sweeping the freestyle sprints.

The Notre Dame dual meet represented Purdue’s second weekend of competition this season. The Boilermakers posted team season-best times or scores in a combined 24 of the 32 events.

Purdue returns to action Nov. 2 when its hosts Tennessee and Wisconsin for a triple dual. The special Friday matinee meet is slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. ET.

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