Notre Dame Completes Sweep of Florida State on Day 2 of Dual


  • Friday, Jan. 19th – Saturday, Jan. 20th, 2018
  • Tallahassee, Florida
  • Full results


  • MEN: Notre Dame 191, FSU 162
  • WOMEN: Notre Dame 193, FSU 160

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish completed their two day dual against FSU, winning against their men and women today.

On the women’s side, the FSU women had a stronger day 2. They won both the 400 medley relay and 200 free relay, and took three of the six individual events. Natalie Pierce was 2:14.62 in the 200 breast, Tayla Lovemore was 54.60 to take the 100 fly, and the 200 IM went to Shelly Drozda (2:04.81).

Lindsay StoneAlice Treuth, and Abbie Dolan grabbed individual wins for the Fighting Irish. Stone was 4:50.98 to lead a ND 1-2 finish, while Dolan was 49.91 to lead a 1-2 finish in the 100 free. Treuth followed up her 100 back win with a 1:56.28 in the 200, while her teammate Kyra Sarazen was also under 2:00 (1:59.92) to take 2nd.

Zach Yeadon won his third event of the weekend, going a dominant 4:21.62 in the 500 free as ND finished 1-2-3-4 there. The next event, ND’s Tabahn Afrik went 44.62 to win the 100 free. Robby Whitacre won two events today, going 1:45.87 in the 200 back and 1:49.97 in the 200 IM.

For FSU, Matt Ankerholz won the 200 breast (2:01.32) and Kanoa Kaleoaloha won the 100 fly (47.62).

Justin Plaschka split a 46.83 fly to help ND win the 400 medley relay, while Chad Mylin‘s 19.81 200 free relay propelled FSU to the win there.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Complete team competition and effort allowed the University of Notre Dame men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams to take a day one lead at Florida State. More of the same followed for the No. 22 Irish on Saturday, as Notre Dame claimed a crucial Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) sweep over the No. 20/25 Seminoles by way of a 191-162 men’s score and a 193-160 decision on the women’s side at the Morcom Aquatics Center.

The Irish men’s squad (7-2) rode six race victories and a pair of NCAA B-cut times to pull away from the 20th-ranked Seminoles on Saturday. Senior Rob Whitacre was a triple-winner for Notre Dame on the day, taking the 200 backstroke and 200 IM titles along with swimming in the triumphant 400 medley relay. Junior Tabahn Afrik added wins in the 100 free and with the 400 medley relay, while freshman Zach Yeadon swept the meet’s distance events with an NCAA B-cut win in the 500 freestyle. Senior Joe Coumos completed the weekend diving double with a win off the 1-meter board.

The Notre Dame women’s team (9-1) was vaulted ahead by three event wins and a number of point-earning swims to defend its sizeable lead from day one. Both junior Alice Treuth (200 backstroke) and sophomore Abbie Dolan (100 freestyle) posted Saturday victories for the Irish, while freshman Lindsay Stone put on another stellar performance in a 500 freestyle win.

Notre Dame returns to Rolfs Aquatic Center to host the annual Shamrock Invitational on Jan. 26-27.

Coach Litzinger Said

“A great win by both of our teams this weekend. Our women continued to perform as a focused group and got off to a great start by taking the 500 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 200 backstroke. Florida State made a great charge in the last few events but we had gotten our work done. I am very proud of this team, and am very excited to see what they can do in the championship month of February.”

“Leading by only eight points after yesterday, our men put the meet to rest by winning an all-important 400 medley relay. That event was key as FSU truly has some strong relays, and the points swing spurred a 1-2-3 finish in the 500 freestyle. Tabahn Afrik came from behind to win the 100 free, and Rob Whitacre continued a great senior year with wins in both the 200 backstroke and 200 IM, pulling off a triple. Joe Coumos added a diving sweep, and we reached our goal of 177 points before the last event. It was a fantastic effort by our guys as we look ahead to February.”

Top Irish Performances

Women’s 400 Medley Relay – The Notre Dame ‘A’ entry of Alice TreuthMeaghan O’DonnellNicole Smith and Abbie Dolan earned second-place points with a time of 3:42.61. The Irish lineup of Kyra SarazenAlyssa StorinoCailey Grunhard and Kelly Jacob placed fourth with a time of 3:50.15.

Men’s 400 Medley Relay – The Notre Dame contingent of Rob WhitacreSteven ShekJustin Plaschka and Tabahn Afrik raced to victory with a time of 3:14.30. The Irish entry of Jack MontesiGarrett ClarkeMatt Grauslys and Daniel Speers finished fourth with a time of 3:21.20.

Women’s 500 Freestyle – Lindsay Stone swept the weekend distance slate with a winning time of 4:50.98 to take the victory by more than five seconds. Teammate Molly Treble was runner-up with a time of 4:56.03. Reilly Lanigan placed fourth with a time of 5:02.08.

Men’s 500 Freestyle – Zach Yeadon led a dominant Notre Dame effort in the distance that saw a podium sweep for the Irish. Yeadon’s winning time of 4:21.62 was well under an NCAA B-cut. Sadler McKeen took second place with a time of 4:29.51, while Richard Mannix was third in 4:30.00.

Women’s 100 Freestyle – Abbie Dolan picked the win by touching the wall in 49.91 for the race triumph and an NCAA B-cut. Skylar Fore was runner-up in 50.47, and Lauren Heller placed fourth with a time of 51.25.

Men’s 100 Freestyle – Tabahn Afrik narrowly missed an NCAA B-cut, but took home top honors with a time of 44.62. Daniel Speers scored a fifth-place finish in 45.71.

Women’s 200 Backstroke – Alice Treuth completed the backstroke sweep for the meet, scoring a win with a time of 1:56.28 for an NCAA B-cut. Kyra Sarazen was runner-up with a time of 1:59.92, while Carly Quast placed fifth after touching in at 2:03.14.

Men’s 200 Backstroke – Rob Whitacre pulled away from the field to take the win with a time of 1:45.87, good enough for an NCAA B-cut. Jack Montesi finished third with a time of 1:48.50, and William Cumberland was fourth with a time of 1:49.19.

Women’s 200 Breaststroke – Meaghan O’Donnell was the top Notre Dame finisher, placing second with a time of 2:17.26. Sherri McInteefinished fourth in 2:18.04.

Men’s 200 Breaststroke – Garrett Clarke led the way for Notre Dame with a runner-up time of 2:02.55 Steven Shek finished fourth in 2:03.59, and Rex Riley placed fifth with a time of 2:06.11.

Women’s 100 Butterfly – Rachel Wittmer claimed runner-up honors with a time of 55.30. Sofia Revilak finished third with a time of 55.34, and Cailey Grunhard was fifth with a readout of 55.73.

Men’s 100 Butterfly – Justin Plaschka paced all Notre Dame competitors with a second-place time of 48.33 to just miss an NCAA B-cut. Matt Grauslys finished fourth with a time of 49.06.

Women’s 200 IM – Nicole Smith claimed second-place points for Notre Dame with a time of 2:04.98. Erin Sheehan took third in 2:05.45 and Kyra Sarazen placed fifth with a time of 2:06.89.

Men’s 200 IM – Rob Whitacre helped the Irish cement the meet victory with a race win in a time of 1:49.97. William Cumberland was runner-up with a time of 1:50.07, and Aaron Schultz finished third in 1:51.72.

Women’s 200 Freestyle Relay – The Notre Dame ‘A’ entry of Abbie DolanCarly QuastLauren Heller and Sofia Revilak placed second with a time of 1:32.93. The Irish lineup of Rachel WittmerKatie SmithKelly Jacob and Skylar Fore finished third in 1:33.10.

Men’s 200 Freestyle Relay – The Notre Dame lineup of Justin PlaschkaDaniel SpeersTabahn Afrik and Aaron Schultz finished third with a time of 1:22.09.

Women’s 3-Meter Diving – Claire Andrews took third place with a score of 293.40 points. Erin Isola placed fourth with a score of 274.43.

Men’s 1-Meter Diving – Joe Coumos capped a weekend sweep with a winning score of 327.53 points off the 1-meter board. David Waszak was fourth with 286.95 points and Peter Myers fifth with 266.02 points.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The nationally ranked Florida State swimming and diving teams suffered a close loss to No. 22/22 Notre Dame in a 19-event two-day dual that came to a close on Saturday at the Morcom Aquatics Center.

The 25th-ranked women, 4-7 (1-3 ACC) fell 193-160, while the No. 20 men fell 191-162, dropping to 3-5 (1-2 ACC). Notre Dame moves to 9-1 (women) and 6-2 (men) overall.

“I thought we stayed tough with how we competed,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We did have some great performances for this time of year and I’m very encouraged on our progress as we head towards championship season. Hats off to Notre Dame. They are a very good team.”

The women were victorious in six of the nine events on Saturday, including five straight to finish the meet.

Florida State opened the session with a victory in the 400 medley relay, clocking a 3:40.52 behind freshman Madeline Cohen along with seniors Natalie Pierce, Tayla Lovemore and Alexi Smith.

After Notre Dame claimed first and second in both the 500 free and 200 back, Pierce stepped up and won the 200 breast by almost three seconds, touching with a time of 2:14.62 while junior Natalie Purnell finished third (2:17.80).

Lovemore followed with a victory in the 100 fly with a time of 54.60, leading from start to finish.

Junior Shelly Drozda held on to win the 200 IM, edging out Notre Dame’s top swimmer (2:04.98) with a time of 2:04.81.

The Seminoles claimed first and second for the second straight day in diving, as sophomore Ayla Bonniwell won 3-meter with a score of 306.00 ahead of senior Blaire Mulka who tallied 298.43.

Smith ended the meet on a high note with a 22.56 anchor leg to lift the team of Lovemore, freshman Emma Terebo and junior Leila Johnston to a comeback win in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:32.47.

Following Friday’s session, the men trailed the Irish by eight points.

In the opening 400 medley relay, the team of seniors Connor Kalisz and Matt Ankerholz along with juniors Kanoa Kaleoaloha finished second with a time of 3:14.52.

After Notre Dame swept the 500 free, Florida State added three scoring swims in the 100 free, led by junior Will Pisani (45.00) in second, followed by sophomore Ribeiro de Souza (45.20) in third and senior Joe Plechy (45.45) in fourth.

Following his 48.36 lead-off in the 100 back of the 400 medley relay, Kalisz came back with a second place finish in the 200 back, touching with a time of 1:48.08.

Ankerholz held off the Irish for the second time this weekend, securing the 200 breast win with a time of 2:01.32 while freshman Julia Horrego grabbed third (2:02.95).

Kaleoaloha gave the Noles back-to-back wins after a dominating win in the 100 fly, clocking a 47.62.

Florida State showed its sprinting depth by finishing first and second in the 200 free relay. Senior Chad Mylin led off the top team with a split of 19.81 before handing the near one-second lead to Plechy, junior Emir Muratovic and Kaleoaloha for a final time of 1:19.76.

The Noles had a strong back half of the relay from the ‘B’ team as freshman Oszkar Lavotha, Ribeiro de Souza, sophomore Vladimir Stefanik and junior John Vann held off Notre Dame’s top team for second, clocking 1:21.97.

In diving, freshman Josh Davidson (297.75) and sophomore Cameron Thatcher (288.45) added second and third place finishes on 1-meter.

Florida State will compete in its final dual meet of the season on Jan. 27 at the Morcom Aquatics Center at 11 a.m. against Florida Atlantic.

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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