Tim Welsh Classic
- Ohio State, Akron (Women), and Notre Dame
- Rolfs Aquatic Center, Notre Dame, IN
- January 21-22, 2022
- Results PDF
Notre Dame hosted Ohio State and Akron (women) for a two-day meet on Friday and Saturday January 21-22. Some swimmers suited up while others did not.
Leading the way for Notre Dame was Josh Bottelberghe. Bottelberghe won both the 100 (52.97) and 200 (1:55.63) breaststrokes. His season best times in the events are a 51.88 in the 100 and a 1:52.44 in the 200. His season best in the 100 ranks him #13 in the NCAA this season and his season best in the 200 ranks him #5 in the NCAA this season.
Bottelberghe also swam the breaststroke legs on both the winning 200 and 400 medley relays. His 50 breaststroke split was a 23.69 and his 100 breaststroke split was a 52.39. The 400 medley relay broke a Notre Dame pool record finishing in a time of 3:09.00.
Chris Guiliano also set an individual pool record swimming to a time of 19.60 in the 50 freestyle while leading off Notre Dame’s 200 freestyle relay. This also was a best time for Guiliano.
The Ohio State men finished on top of Notre Dame with a score of 1515.5-1321.5. Hunter Armstrong, who represented the US at the 2020 Olympics in the 100 backstroke, led the way for the Buckeyes. Armstrong won two individual events including the 100 freestyle (43.12) and 100 backstroke (47.05). His season bests are a 45.66 in the 100 backstroke and a 42.71 in the 100 freestyle. Armstrong also led off the winning 200, 400, and 800 freestyle relays. He led off the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 19.81. His 400 freestyle relay lead off was a 43.08, and his 800 freestyle lead off was a 1:36.53.
Armstrong’s relay lead off of 43.08 in the 400 freestyle relay helped the team to a win in the event. Armstrong was followed by Sam Andreis (43.21), Alex Quach (42.72), and Ruslan Gaziev (42.99) to finish in a time of 2:52.00. Ohio State holds the #5 time in the NCAA this season in the 400 freestyle relay as they swam a time of 2:48.84 at midseason.
Quach also led the way for the Buckeye men individually as he won both butterfly events. He won the 100 in a time of 46.02 and the 200 in a time of 1:44.61. His 100 butterfly was a personal best time. His best time in the 200 butterfly is a 1:42.92 which he swam at midseason.
The Notre Dame women won the meet with a score of 1334.5. Akron finished second (993), and Ohio State finished third (857.5.).
Coleen Gillilan led the way for the Irish as she won three individual events. She won the 200 IM in a time of 1:57.67, the 100 butterfly in a time of 51.76, and the 200 butterfly in a time of 1:55.55. All of those times were season bests, and her 100 butterfly time places her at #12 in the NCAA this season. Her 100 butterfly was also just off of her personal best time of 51.60 which she swam at the NCAA Championships last season.
Leading the way for the Buckeyes was Amy Fulmer. Fulmer won the 100 freestyle in a time of 49.57. Fulmer holds the #10 time in the NCAA in the event this season with a time of 48.09 from midseason. She also finished second in the 100 backstroke (53.82) and third in the 50 freestyle (23.10).
Weronika Gorecka led the way for the Zips as she won the 200 backstroke in a time of 1:56.16. She was not far off of her best time of 1:55.24 in the event which she swam at midseason. Her midseason time places her at #48 in the NCAA this season.
Sarah Watson also led the way for Akron. Watson earned runner up finishes in the 200 IM (2:00.74) and 100 butterfly (52.54). She also finished fourth in the 200 butterfly in a time of 1:58.96. She was not far off of her season bests in the 100 butterfly (52.20) which places her at #22 in the NCAA this season and her season best of 1:57.67 which places her at #38 in the NCAA this season.