2012-13 Notre Dame Men's Swimming & Diving Media Guide
Biographies, statistics, results, records and historical data for the 2012-13 University of Notre Dame men's swimming & diving season.
2012-13 Notre damE MEN’S SWIMMING & Diving 2012 Men’s BIG EAST Swimming and Diving Champions Notre Dame Men’s Swimming and Diving 2012-13 Schedule 2012 All-American Frank Dyer Date Opponent/Meet Site OCTOBER Oct. 12 Oct. 26 Oct. 27 NOVEMBER Nov. 2 Nov. 9 Nov. 10 Nov. 30-Dec. 2 Jan. 18 Jan. 25-26 FEBRUARY Feb. 1-2 Feb. 27-March 2 March 14-16 March 28-30 Home events in bold Dennis Stark Relays at Oakland at Michigan State Purdue Pittsburgh Louisville Hawkeye Invitational at Cleveland State Shamrock Invitational (vs. Harvard, vs. Towson) Northwestern Invitational BIG EAST Championships NCAA Zone C Diving Meet NCAA Championships Notre Dame, Ind. Rochester, Mich. East Lansing, Mich. Notre Dame, Ind. Notre Dame, Ind. Notre Dame, Ind. Iowa City, Iowa Cleveland, Ohio Notre Dame, Ind. Evanston, Ill. Indianapolis, Ind. West Lafayette, Ind. Indianapolis, Ind. Facility Rolfs Aquatic Center OU Aquatic Center McCaffree Pool Rolfs Aquatic Center Rolfs Aquatic Center Rolfs Aquatic Center Recreation and Wellness Center Pool Busbey Natatorium Rolfs Aquatic Center Norris Aquatics Center IUPUI Natatorium Boilermaker Aquatic Center IUPUI Natatorium Time 5:00 p.m. ET 6:00 p.m. ET 12:00 p.m. ET 5:00 p.m. ET 5:00 p.m. ET 1:00 p.m. ET All Day 4:00 p.m. ET TBA All Day All Day All Day All Day 2012 Men’s BIG EAST Most Outstanding Diver Nick Nemetz 2012 Men’s BIG EAST Most Outstanding Swimmer Bill Bass Table of Contents 2012-13 Season Preview Preview..................................................3-5 Team Photo / Roster.................................. 6 Student-Athletes Seniors..................................................8-14 Juniors................................................14-17 Sophomores.......................................18-25 Freshmen...........................................26-28 Class Photos.......................................29-30 Coaching Staff Head Coach Tim Welsh.......................32-33 Diving Coach Caiming Xie....................... 34 Associate Head Coach Matt Tallman....... 35 Support Staff........................................... 36 2011-12 Season In Review Top Times............................................38-39 Graduated Seniors..............................40-46 History and Records All-Time Results...................................... 48 Univerity & Pool Records......................... 49 All-Time Top Performances................50-51 All-Time Top Performers.....................52-53 BIG EAST Championships...................54-55 BIG EAST Finishes by Event.................56-57 The BIG EAST Conference........................ 58 University Record Chronology............59-62 Year-by-Year Top Times........................... 63 Year-by-Year Leaders.........................64-65 National / International Meets............... 66 Irish Honors & Awards........................67-68 Academic Awards.................................... 69 All-Time Roster...................................70-78 All-Time Roster (Diving).......................... 79 Year-by-Year Results..........................80-86 Rolfs Aquatic Center................................ 87 Media Information The Notre Dame Media Relations Office is always interested in assisting members of the media in their coverage of Irish men’s swimming and diving. Publicity and media information for Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving is handled by media relations assistant Tony Jones. Photographs, feature ideas and results are always available from the Media Relations Office. For men’s swimming and diving information and interviews, please contact Tony Jones by phone (574-631-1762), email (ajones25@ nd.edu), or view the official website of the Notre Dame athletic department at und.com. All interviews with coaches and athletes should be arranged through the Media Relations Office. BIG EAST Web Information The BIG EAST Conference maintains its presence on the World Wide Web at bigeast.org. The site contains current information on all facets of the BIG EAST Conference. Credits The Notre Dame Men’s Swimming and Diving Guide was written, compiled and edited by Tony Jones and Sam Hovland with additional contributions from Chris Mertens. Special thanks to Alan George and Andrew Bartolini. Graphic design and page layout by Cathy Scholz, C Graphics. Inside and outside cover design by Cathy Scholz, C Graphics. Photography by Mike Bennett and Lighthouse Imaging, Matt Cashore, Heather Gollatz, Marcus Snowden, the BIG EAST Conference, Allison Wagner, Maria Massa, Kaitlyn Kiely, Michelle Hutchins, Angela Addington, Linda Dunn, Shelley Feller and Bo Rottenborn. Printing by Xerox. 2012-13 Men’s SWIMMING 1 UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME Fighting Irish Senior Bill Bass (left) and sophomore Nick Nemetz (right) were both key contributors to Notre Dame’s 2012 conference championship run. Bass was named the BIG EAST Men’s Most Outstanding Swimmer at the meet, while Nemetz was recognized as the BIG EAST Men’s Most Outstanding Diver. 2012-13 Preview Season Preview Notre Dame looks to build on successful 2011-12 campaign The Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving team enjoyed a historic season in 2012. The program won its fifth BIG EAST Conference Championship, swept the conference honors for top swimmer, diver and coaching staff and sent two athletes to compete at the NCAA Championship meet. Thanks to a fourth-place finish in the 200 free at the 2012 NCAA Championships, Frank Dyer became the first male swimmer in Notre Dame history to be named an AllAmerican. With last season’s successes now in the past, Notre Dame has set its sights on defending its championship in 2012-13 with a strong core of athletes back in the fold. “We are excited about that, but in order to go faster this year, we know we have to work harder,” head coach Tim Welsh says. “It’s reassuring to have a core group of guys that have done the work before, raced in the meets before and have performed when called upon. Our leadership group is excellent, and I think if you know you have a bunch of great leaders, you say, ‘just get in line’ to the rest of the team.” Entering his junior season, Dyer will be one of the leaders Welsh looks to as a guide for the program’s younger competitors. Welsh admits that it is hard to overestimate the significance that Dyer’s All-America season will have on the Fighting Irish swimming program as a whole. Junior Frank Dyer Irish Return to Defend BIG EAST Crown “For years we have been knocking on this door, we have been very close,” Welsh says. “To have that door finally opened, it really clears a pathway for us to tell everyone to go for it. “For Frank himself, he is a wonderful model for us to be our first All-American. He works hard, he’s very focused on improving and he’s very supportive of the program. It is great to have someone achieve at that level that has improved a lot while here at Notre Dame.” Almost as important to Welsh, the reigning BIG EAST Swimming Coach of the Year, is his athletes achieving success outside the pool. Senior Bill Bass, who was named the 2012 BIG EAST Championships Most Outstanding Swimmer, also became just the third Notre Dame men’s swimmer ever to be named an Academic All-American. “Bill, as Frank is, is a wonderful human being,” Welsh says. “You just love knowing both of these guys and knowing that good guys succeed on the highest level. Bill had shoulder surgery two years ago, and to come off surgery and have lifetime bests and be at the NCAA Championship meet is a real tribute to his focus and his competitiveness. He’s had to train differently as a result, but he’s used it to propel himself into the national picture.” Head diving coach Caiming Xie, the reigning BIG EAST Diving Coach of the Year, welcomes back his top performer from last year in sophomore Nick Nemetz. Nemetz swept the 2012 BIG EAST Championships in both the 1 and 3-meters dives to win BIG EAST Diver of the Year honors. “Obviously, Nick has big upside, and he leads a group of six,” Welsh says. “We’re always looking for our 4 UNIVERSITY of NOTRE DAME® colades both he and his team have received during his tenure, Welsh says that at the end of the day, performance is measured based on doing what it takes to improve for the good of the program. “And it doesn’t get any easier, it gets harder,” he says. “We have to be willing to make that commitment, both as coaches and athletes. As coaches, we have to look for new challenges so that we can keep growing.” The Fighting Irish open the 201213 season by hosting the 48th Dennis Stark Relays Oct. 12 at the Rolfs Aquatic Center. The first dual meet of the season will take place Oct. 26 when Notre Dame travels to Oakland. A trip the following day (Oct. 27) to Michigan State will wrap up the brief twomeet road swing. Notre Dame will open its home dual meet slate Nov. 2 when Purdue visits the Rolfs Aquatic Center. The Fighting Irish then remain in their home pool for dual showdowns with Pittsburgh (Nov. 9) and Louisville (Nov. 10). The first half of the schedule closes with the Iowa Hawkeye Invitational Nov. 30-Dec. 2. Nearly one month after the Hawkeye Invitational, the Fighting Irish travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico for its annual winter training trip, tentatively set for Jan. 6. A dual meet at Cleveland State (Jan. 18) sets the stage for the Shamrock Invitational Jan. 25 and 26 at the Rolfs Aquatic Center. Notre Dame closes the regular season at the Northwestern Invitational Feb. 1-2. “We have a very ambitious schedule, a very challenging home meet schedule and some difficult and challenging away meets as well,” Welsh says. “We like the freshness (of new meets), but some of these traditional meets are a good yardstick to measure us. Some of the traditional meets also have intensity, a meaning, a history to them, so when you walk into the meet it means something. We like having that.” The 2013 BIG EAST Swimming and Diving Championships will be held Feb. 27-March 2 in Indianapolis, Ind. The NCAA Zone Diving Meet will follow March 14-16 in West Lafayette, Ind., with the NCAA Championships set for March 28-30 in Indianapolis. “We have been knocking on the NCAA door for several years, and now that the door has opened we have got a group of guys we think can go through it,” Welsh says. “Seniors can go through, juniors can go through it, sophomores and freshmen. We think that in every class people can get through that door. “One of the greatest things about our program has always been its depth. As the competition level rises, depth, when it becomes national-level depth, becomes very powerful.” Sophomore Nick Nemetz divers to improve, but also to advance through the NCAA Zone Meet.” Notre Dame expects to send more athletes to this year’s NCAA Championships due to a change in the selection process, a reform that was presented to the NCAA by Fighting Irish associate head coach Matt Tallman. “There will be a different way of selections for the NCAA Championships beginning this year, and Matt wrote the outline for this process, championed it through to its success,” Welsh says. “It will allow more individuals to be selected to the meet, and relays will be made up of the individuals who are there. We hope that means we will have a larger group at the NCAA Championships.” As athletes enter and subsequently exit the Notre Dame program when their careers end, one theme preached by Welsh and his coaching staff remains constant, improvement. For all the success and ac- 2012-13 Men’s SWIMMING 5 Irish Roster 2012-13 NOTRE DAME MEN’S SWIMMING AND DIVING ROSTER Monograms Name Ht. Wt. Event Year Hometown / High School * John Andrade 5-8 140 Diving So. Avon, Conn./Avon Bogac Ayhan 6-1 182 Back/Fly Fr. London, England/Woodhouse College ** Colin Babcock* 6-0 170 Breast/IM Jr. Covington, La./Saint Paul’s *** Bill Bass 5-10 178 IM/Free/Fly Sr. Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton *** Jordan Berry 5-10 170 IM/Fly Sr. Fort Mill, S.C./Nation Ford Matt Buerger 5-11 193 Back/Free/IM Fr. Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny ** Joshua Choi 6-2 183 Breast/IM Jr. Folsom, Calif./Vista del Lago Joe Casino 6-2 185 Back/Free So. Stamford, Conn./Fordham Preparatory * Matthew DeBlasio 6-2 205 Free/Back So. Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East ** Frank Dyer* 6-4 200 Free Jr. Loudonville, N.Y./Shaker *** Tylor Gauger 5-7 142 IM/Fly Sr. Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo Michael Hudspith 6-2 165 Free Fr. Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos Verdes * Kevin Hughes 6-1 180 Free So. Rye, N.Y./Rye * Brennan Jacobsen 6-2 175 Free/Fly So. Whittier, Calif./Sonora Andrew Jensen 6-1 175 Breast/IM Fr. Sugar Land, Texas/Clements *** Christopher Johnson* 6-2 185 Breast/Free Sr. St. John, Ind./Lake Central * Broderick Kelley 5-10 170 Fly/Free So. Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side *** Ryan Koter 5-9 150 Diving Sr. Delmont, Pa./Franklin Regional * Michael Kreft 5-9 165 Diving So. Solon, Ohio/Solon * James McEldrew 5-11 160 Free/Back/IM So. Northwales, Pa./Germantown Academy *** John McGinley* 5-11 175 Free/Fly Sr. King of Prussia, Pa./Malvern Shane McKenzie 5-10 160 Free/Fly/IM Fr. Newtown, Pa./St. Joseph’s Prep * Cameron Miller 6-1 190 Breast/IM So. Michigan City, Ind./Michigan City *** Wesley Mullins 5-6 150 Fly/Free/IM Sr. Louisville, Ky./The Peddie School * Patrick Murphy 6-0 145 Free So. Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./The Bolles School * John Nappi 6-0 165 Free/IM So. Pittsburgh, Pa./Mt. Lebanon ** Bertie Nel 6-0 169 Back/Free Jr. Tzaneen, South Africa/Ben Vorster * Nick Nemetz 5-10 145 Diving So. Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer * Patrick Olson 6-2 183 Free/Breast/IM So. Marlton, N.J./St. Joseph *** Kevin Overholt 6-3 220 Free Sr. Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley Zane Parker 5-11 158 Diving Fr. Muncie, Ind./Muncie Central Alex Robinson 5-9 140 Free/Fly Fr. Plano, Texas/Plano West Michael Scheid 5-8 145 Back/IM Fr. Louisville, Ky./St. Xavier Nicholas Sim 5-9 172 Free/Fly Fr. Singapore, Singapore/Raffles Institution * Zachary Stephens 5-11 150 Breast/IM So. Bloomsburg, Pa./Bloomsburg Area ** Patrick Sullivan 5-9 165 Back/IM Jr. Franklin, Mass./Bishop Feehan * Ted Wagner 5-9 155 Diving So. Naperville, Ill./Neuqua Valley *** Mason Weber 5-11 180 Breast/IM Sr. Marshall, Mo./Marshall John Williamson 6-1 180 Free/Fly So. Bloomington, Ill./University * Head coach: Tim Welsh (Providence ’66) / Associate head coach: Matt Tallman (Catholic ’97) / Volunteer assistant coach: John Lytle (Notre Dame ‘10) Diving coach: Caiming Xie (Beijing Institute of Physical Education ’85) / Volunteer diving assistant coach: Joe Huyler (Illinois ‘62) / Senior manager: Amanda Brady (Saint Mary’s ‘13) *Co-Captain Pronunciation Guide John Andrade Bill Bass Matt Buerger Joshua Choi Matthew DeBlasio ANN-dray-dee (like the fish) BURger CHOY day-BLAH-zee-oh Frank Dyer Tylor Gauger Michael Hudspith Ryan Koter John Nappi DIE-uhr GOGG-er HUD-spith COAT-er NAP-pea Nick Nemetz Michael Scheid Mason Weber NEMM-its SH-ide WE-bur 6 UNIVERSITY of NOTRE DAME® UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME Fighting Irish Notre Dame returns nine seniors, including Christopher Johnson (above), for its sixth alltime defense of the BIG EAST Menâ€™s Swimming Championship. Student-Athletes Student-Athletes Bill Bass Senior Free / Breast 5-10 • 178 Chesterton, Ind. Chesterton AS A JUNIOR (2011-12): CSCAA Scholar All-American … became the third swimmer in program history to qualify for the NCAA Championships … named Most Outstanding Swimmer at the BIG EAST Championships … member of the second-place 400 IM Relay team at the season-opening Dennis Stark Relays … swam a personal-best 1:41.29 in the 200 free at Pittsburgh … claimed second place (1:51.79) in the 200 fly at Purdue … runner-up in the 100 fly (49.98) at Louisville … finished in third place in the 200 IM (1:52.06) at Louisville … second-place finisher in the 100 fly (50.48) against Northwestern … anchored the victorious 400 free relay team against Northwestern … runner-up in the 200 fly (1:51.98) against Michigan State … member of 200 medley relay team at the Shamrock Invitational … second in the pool for the 800 free relay runner-up squad at the Shamrock Invitational … logged a personal-best time of 1:44.81 in the 200 IM to win the event at the BIG EAST Championships … anchor on the second place 200 free relay team at the BIG EAST Championships … personal-best 47.03 in a winning effort in the 100 fly at the BIG EAST Championships … member of the runnerup 400 medley relay squad at the BIG EAST Championships … anchored the 400 free relay team that finished in second place at the BIG EAST Championships … 30th-place finish in the 100 fly at the NCAA Championships … monogram winner. As a sophomore (2010-11): Swam the butterfly leg of the 400 medley relay that set a new Notre Dame record in an NCAA B-cut time of 3:15.10 … recorded five top-eight performances at the BIG EAST Championships … individual performances included a silver medal in the 200 IM (1:47.42), a bronze medal in the 100 fly (48.26) and a fifth-place finish in the 200 fly (1:48.40) … the 200 IM and 100 fly performances were both NCAA B-cut times … the 100 fly showing was good for a career-best time and the fifth fastest 100 fly swim in Notre Dame history … became the second fastest performer in school history in the 100-fly with the performance … the swim of 1:47.42 in the 200 IM was the second fastest time in school history … the two relay performances included a silver medal in the 800 free relay (in an NCAA B-cut performance of 6:29.10) and a bronze in the 400 medley relay … came within a second of setting a new personal-best time in the 200 free with his 1:42.70 performance against Pittsburgh … top 400 IM time on the season came at the Shamrock Invitational with a 4:00.73. As a Freshman (2009-10): Shattered the 200 IM school record at the BIG EAST Championships with a time of 1:46.44 … also a member of the school-record setting 200 medley relay at the league meet … both performances were NCAA B-cut times … set personal-bests in the 100 fly (48.56) and the 200 fly (1:48.13) at the league meet … recorded two personal-bests in the 200 free (1:41.94) and in the 500 free (4:39.96) against Michigan State … tried his luck in the 400 IM at the Ohio State Invitational and finished in a time of 3:58.90 … amassed 15 top-three performances on the regular season … five of which were in the 200 IM including a gold medal at the Shamrock Invitational … recipient of Notre Dame’s Most Improved Award. The Bass File: All-American, all-state, all-city, all-conference, regional champion and conference champion in each of his four seasons at Chesterton (Ind.) … state champion and team captain as a junior and senior … team MVP as a freshman, junior and senior … held national rankings in all four years at Chesterton … recorded best times at the 2009 IHSAA Swimming State Championships in the 200 free, 500 free and 200 medley relay … guided his team to a 10th consecutive sectional title as a junior … steered his 200 medley relay team to a best time of 1:32.05, which topped the national rankings in 2008 … also won the 500 free and then anchored the 200 free relay to set another sectional record (1:27.32) … Chesterton record holder in the 200 free, 500 free, 200 free relay and 400 free relay … anchored high school state champion 200 free relay in 2008 … led team to state title in 2008 … Indiana Senior Club state meet record holder in the 200 IM (1:50.44) … the 13th-ranked recruit in the nation according to CollegeSwimming.com in December 2008 … member of the national Honor Society … mentor at Bridges Mentoring Program … biggest athletic thrill was winning backto-back high school state championships … oldest of three children … son of Jean and William Bass … enrolled in the College of Arts and Letters as an accounting major. bass’ career bests 200 IM 1:44.81 · BIG EAST (2012) 400 IM 3:58.90 · Ohio State Invite (2009) 100 fly 47.03 · BIG EAST (2012) 200 fly 1:45.60 · BIG EAST (2012) 200 free 1:41.29 · Pittsburgh (2011) 500 free 4:39.96 · Michigan State (2010) 8 UNIVERSITY of NOTRE DAME® Jordan Berry Senior IM / Fly 5-10 • 170 Fort Mill, S.C. Nation Ford AS A JUNIOR (2011-12): Member of the 400 medley relay team that took third place at the season-opening Dennis Stark Relays … finished in sixth place with the 400 free relay team in the early season quad meet … logged a 200 fly time of 1:53.18 to take fourth place in the event at Pittsburgh … claimed third place in the 200 IM (1:56.96) at Pittsburgh … third in the pool for the 10th place 400 medley relay team at the Hawkeye Invitational … posted a career-best time of 52.15 in the 100 back at the Hawkeye Invitational … swam the third leg of the 200 medley relay against Northwestern … anchor of the third place 400 free relay squad against Michigan State. As a sophomore (20010-11): Had a stellar BIG EAST Championship meet as an exhibition swimmer … recorded three personal-best times during the meet, including performances of 1:51.60 in the 200 IM, 50.49 in the 100 fly and 1:49.04 in the 200 fly … set another personal-best record at the Shamrock Invitational with a 52.73 in the 100 back … won a monogram. As a Freshman (2009-10): Wellrounded swimmer for Notre Dame … recorded personal bests at the BIG EAST Championships in the final sessions of the 200 IM (1:52.33) and the 400 IM (4:00.96) along with the preliminary session of the 200 fly (1:50.19) … additional personal-bests included times of 51.51 in the 100 fly at the Shamrock Invitational, 1:55.62 in the 200 back against Michigan State and 52.76 in the 100 back at the Ohio State Invitational … top dual meet came against Michigan State with a second-place finish in the 100 fly and a third-place finish in the 200 back. The Berry File: Earned four letters at Nation Ford (S.C.) under head coach Melisa Halstonsgard … won two individual titles on top of a team championship at the state meet in 2008 … also guided the 400 free relay and 200 medley relay teams to state records at the meet … four-time regional champion … nationally ranked on three occasions … undefeated as a senior … 2008 South Carolina individual state champion and record holder in the 200 IM (1:50.94) and 100 fly (49.79) … competed on the club circuit for SwimMAC Carolina and helped the team win a junior national championship in 2007 … named a North Carolina Swimming AllStar from 2003-07 … National Select Camp qualifier and attendee … member of Southeastern Zone team in 2003, 2005 and 2006 … member of National Society of High School Scholars and Beta Club … tabbed a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American in 2007 and 2008 … recipient of high school’s athletic/academic award in 2008 … received school’s Cirrus Award for highest gradepoint-average within the foreign language department … son of Sue and Tony Berry … father graduated from Notre Dame in 1982 … enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business with a major in information technology. berry’s career bests 200 IM 1:51.60 · BIG EAST (2011) 400 IM 4:00.96 · BIG EAST (2010) 100 fly 50.49 · BIG EAST (2011) 1:49.04 · BIG EAST (2011) 200 fly 100 back 52.15 · Hawkeye Invite (2011) 2012-13 Men’s SWIMMING 9 Student-Athletes Tylor Gauger Senior IM / Fly 5-7 • 142 Kokomo, Ind. Kokomo AS A JUNIOR (2011-12): Claimed fifth place (1:54.47) in the 200 fly in the early season quad meet … fifth-place finisher in the 200 fly (1:53.26) at Pittsburgh … runner-up in the 200 IM with a time of 1:56.91 at Pittsburgh … finished in third place in the 200 fly (1:53.09) at Purdue … member of the third place 400 medley relay squad at Valparaiso … posted a time of 49.96 to take third in the 100 free at Valparaiso … personal-best time of 2:14.20 won the 200 breast at Valparaiso … sixth-place finisher in the 200 fly at the Hawkeye Invitational … claimed fourth place in the 200 fly at Michigan State … monogram winner. As a sophomore (2010-11): Registered two personal-bests at the Shamrock Invitational, his best meet of the year … two personal records included swims of 51.86 in the 100 fly and 1:49.71 in the 200 fly … also swam a 4:51.32 in the 500 free in a tri-meet against Oakland and Michigan for another personal-best time … registered a 1:52.95 in the 200 IM at the Shamrock Invitational for a top season time … that time was less than a second away from another personal best … also competed in the 400 IM (4:02.52) at the inviational and earned another top season time. As a Freshman (2009-10): Swam a myriad of events for the Irish during the season … personal-bests in the 400 IM (4:00.98) and 200 fly (1:49.80) came during the prelim session at the BIG EAST Championships as an exhibition swimmer … stopped the clock at 9:58.20 in the 1000 free and 53.31 in the 100 fly in a tri-meet with Cleveland State and Miami (Ohio) for personal-best times … touched the pad at 4:53.21 in the 500 free in a dual meet against Pittsburgh for another personal-best … competed in the 200 IM at the Ohio State Invitational and finished in a time of 1:52.19 for a career-best … shaved over seven seconds off his 200 IM time over the course of the season … racked in three top-three finishes over the course of the regular season. The Gauger File: Earned four varsity letters under head coach Mark Schelbert at Kokomo (Ind.) … team went undefeated in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons … two-time NISCA All-American in the 200 IM … three-time USA Swimming Academic All-American … four-time IHSAA all-state (200 IM, 500 free) … three-time team MVP and team captain … holds school records in 200 IM, 500 free and 200 free … nine-time anchored the second place 200 medley relay at the Dennis Stark Relays … member of the runner-up 200 medley relay team in the quad meet with TCU, Michigan and Oakland… first swimmer in the water for the third place 400 free relay team in fourteam dual meet … anchored the victorious 400 medley relay at Valparaiso … thirdplace finisher in the 100 breast (56.41) at Louisville … part of 200 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay teams that took third at the Hawkeye Invitational … claimed third place in the 100 breast (56.62) against Northwestern … runner-up to teammate Frank Dyer in the 50 free against Michigan State … touched the wall in third place in the 200 breast against Michigan State … anchor of the runner-up 200 free relay team at the Shamrock Invitational … won the 100 breast with a time of 56.20 at the Shamrock Invitational … member of the 400 free relay conference champion and league’s 200 IM record holder … all-state and All-American in the 200 IM in his junior and senior seasons … national finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award … vice president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes … senior class treasurer … treasurer of the National Honor Society… son of Lisa and Gary Gauger … oldest of three children … enrolled in the College of Science. Gauger’s career bests 200 IM 1:52.19 • Ohio State Invite (2009) 400 IM 4:00.98 • BIG EAST (2010) 100 fly 51.86 • Shamrock Invite (2011) 200 fly 1:49.71 • Shamrock Invite (2011) 200 breast 2:14.20 • Valparaiso (2011) Christopher Johnson Senior Breast / Free 6-2 • 185 St. John, Ind. Lake Central AS A JUNIOR (2011-12): Member of the winning 200 free relay team in the season-opening Dennis Stark Relays … swam the anchor leg of the runner-up 400 medley relay team at the Dennis Stark Relays … 10 UNIVERSITY of NOTRE DAME® team that took third at the Shamrock Invitational … anchored the third place 200 medley relay team at the BIG EAST Championships … swam a season-best 53.79 in the 100 breast to earn runner-up honors in the event at the BIG EAST Championships … second swimmer in the water for the second place 400 medley relay team at the BIG EAST Championships … personal-best time of 1:58.52 in the 200 breast at the BIG EAST Championships … won third-career monogram. As a sophomore (2010-11): Set a new Notre Dame record in the 100 breast with his 53.75 performance at the BIG EAST Championships … that swim was the first ever 100 breast swim under 54 seconds in Notre Dame history … the 100 breast showing was also good for his first individual NCAA B-cut … swam the breaststroke legs of the 200 and 400 medley relays that set new Notre Dame records with NCAA B-cut times of 1:28.86 and 3:15.10, respectively … also recorded two additional personal-best scores at the league meet with swims of 2:01.18 in the 200 breast and 20.76 in the 50 free. As a Freshman (2009-10): Delivered the ninth-fastest 100 breast performance in program history at the BIG EAST Championships with a time of 55.63 … was a member of the 200 medley relay at the league meet that set a school record … the relay performance was an NCAA B-cut time … set a personal-best time of 2:07.72 in the 200 breast at the Shamrock Invitational … recorded a career-best time of 20.81 at the league meet in the 50 free … finished the dual meet season with a top three performances in all seven 100 breast races he swam … recipient of the Beeler Hipp award … swam in 16 breaststroke events during the course of the year. The Johnson File: Four-year varsity swimmer at Lake Central (Ind.) under head coach Todd Smolinski … team MVP and state champion in his junior and senior seasons … team captain as a senior … Lake Central was undefeated in his junior and board at the BIG EAST Championships with a total of 294.75 points … that score was also a personal-best total … also improved his personal-best from the 3-meter height at the Shamrock Invitational with a total of 344.60 points … showed steady improvement throughout the season improving his 1-meter and 3-meter score by just under 30 + 70, respectively. As a Freshman (2009-10): Delivered a solid performance for Notre Dame at the BIG EAST Championships with a fifth-place finish in the 3-meter spring board (320.65) and a sixth-place finish in the 1-meter spring board (272.25) … the 3-meter total was a personal-best … top performance at the 1-meter height came against Northwestern with a total of 279.08 points … improved by just under 80 points in the 3-meter dive over the course of the season. The Koter File: Earned four letters in diving at Franklin Regional (Pa.) under head coach Gary Guadagnino … three time AllAmerican and Academic All-American as a senior … district champion as a sophomore … dove for club team under Julian and Doe Krug … holds several of his high school’s records … fourth at state meet as a senior … made numerous appearances at East Nationals … member of National Honor Society … officer of Science National Honor Society … National Merit Finalist … drum senior seasons … held a national ranking as a sophomore, junior and senior … All-American in each of his four seasons … set school records in the 100 breast, 200 IM and 50 free … defending state champion in the 100 breast (56.56) after finishing runner-up in the 2007 edition of the event … the former effort ranked as the nation’s 11th best time in 2008 … went 20.60 during the 2008 Crown Point Sectional in the 50 free to win the event while bettering that mark with a 20.57 in the event less than one year later … won the 50 free at the 2008 high school sectional meet … member of the National Honor Society … son of Cathy and Greg Johnson … oldest of two children … enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a marketing major. Johnson’s career bests 100 breast 200 breast 50 free 53.75 • BIG EAST (2011) 1:58.52 • BIG EAST (2012) 20.76 • BIG EAST (2011) Ryan Koter Senior Diving 5-9 • 150 Delmont, Pa. Franklin Regional AS A JUNIOR (2011-12): Member of the runner-up 1-meter relay (580) at the seasonopening Dennis Stark Relays … fourth-place finisher in the 1-meter (269.85) at Pittsburgh … placed fifth in the 1-meter (285.38) at Purdue … scored 276.00 points to earn runner-up honors in the 1-meter at Louisville … career-high 1-meter score of 316.20 in a second-place finish against Northwestern … claimed third place (280.73) in the 1-meter at the Shamrock Invitational … competed in the BIG EAST Diving Championships, the BIG EAST Swimming Championships and the NCAA Zone Diving Championships … monogram winner. As a sophomore (2010-11): Dove to a sixth-place finish in the 1-meter spring major for Franklin’s marching band … active member of church youth group … son of Carol and Scott Koter … oldest of two children … enrolled in the College of Science. Koter’s career bests 1-meter (6) 316.20 · Northwestern (2011) 3-meter (6) 344.60 · Shamrock Invite (2011) 2012-13 Men’s SWIMMING 11 Student-Athletes John McGinley Senior Free / Fly 5-11 • 175 King of Prussia, Pa. Malvern AS A JUNIOR (2011-12): Member of the victorious 200 free relay squad in the season-opening Dennis Stark Relays … second swimmer in the water for the runner-up 200 fly relay team at the Dennis Stark Relays … third in the water for the third place 400 free relay team in the early season quad meet … runner-up in the 50 free (21.19) and 100 free (46.06) at Pittsburgh … anchored the runner-up 400 free relay team at Louisville … equaled a personal-best in the 50 free (21.09) at the Hawkeye Invitational … time of 1:41.74 earned third place in the 200 free against Northwestern … second in the water for the winning 400 free relay squad against Northwestern … third-place swimmer in the 200 free (1:41.46) against Michigan State … second Fighting Irish swimmer to touch the wall in the 100 free, earning runner-up honors with a time of 46.53 against Michigan State … swam with the second place 200 free relay team at the Shamrock Invitational … anchored the runner-up 800 free relay at the Shamrock Invitational … swam the third leg of the second place Notre Dame squad in the 800 free relay at the BIG EAST Championships … personal-best times of 20.69 in the 50 free, 44.81 in the 100 free and 1:37.44 in the 200 free at the BIG EAST Championships … third in the pool for the runner-up 200 free and 400 free relay teams at the BIG EAST Championships … earned monogram. As a sophomore (2010-11): Swam to personal-best times of 21.09 in the 50 free and 1:39.37 in the 200 free in the preliminary sessions of the BIG EAST Championships … swam the 200 IM in 1:54.63 at the Shamrock Invitational for another personal-best mark … top 100 free time on the season was 45.64, just over a tenth of a second away from another personal-best time … tried his luck at the 100 breast at the Indy Grand Prix and finished in 1:00.65. As a Freshman (2009-10): Competed in three individual races and in one relay for the Irish at the BIG EAST Championships, all of which were freestyle events … the 400 free relay performance was an NCAA B-cut time … swam personal-bests of 21.10 in the 50 free, 45.48 in the 100 free and 1:40.12 in the 200 free at the league meet … swam the 200 IM against Michigan State and finished in a time of 1:57 … competed against Pittsburgh in 100 fly, stopping the clock at 52.49 … swam in 17 freestyle events over the course of the season … tallied three top-three finishes on the dual meet season. The McGinley File: U.S. Open Qualifier … Senior National Qualifier … six-time Junior National Qualifier … swam for Malvern Prep (Pa.) … team captain as a senior … 13-time All-American … five-time first team all-area … five-time first team allMain Line … five-time first team all-conference … National Catholic Champion in the 100 free … Easterns Prep School Champion in 100 free and 400 free relay … four-time team MVP … holds school records in the 100 free, 200 free, 200 IM, 200 free relay and 400 free relay … four-time letter winner in water polo … son of Patti and John McGinley … has one younger sister (Maura) and one younger brother (Mikey) … enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as a finance major. McGinley’s career bests 50 free 20.69 • BIG EAST (2012) 100 free 44.81 • BIG EAST (2012) 200 free 1:37.44 • BIG EAST (2012) 200 IM 1:54.63 • Shamrock Invite (2011) 100 fly 52.49 • Pittsburgh (2009) Wesley Mullins Senior Fly / Free / IM 5-6 • 150 Louisville, KY. The Peddie School AS A JUNIOR (2011-12): Teamed with John Williamson for a fourth-place finish in the 1,000 free relay at the season-opening Dennis Stark Relays … claimed sixth place in the 200 fly (1:54.55) at Pittsburgh … third in the water for the runner-up 400 yard medley relay team at Valparaiso … won the 1,000 free in 10:00.12 at Valparaiso … claimed third place in the 500 free (5:01.31) at Valparaiso … finished third in the 200 fly (1:52.46) against Northwestern … logged a time of 4:35.46 in the 500 free to earn sixth place at the Shamrock Invitational … anchored the fifth-place 800 free relay squad at the Shamrock Invitational … won a monogram. As a sophomore (2010-11): Swam two personal-best times at the Shamrock Invitational with showings of 3:58.73 in the 400 IM and 1:49.83 in the 200 fly … top 200 IM swim on the season came against Cleveland State with a 1:56.67 performance … swam the 500 free in 4:35.01 at the Shamrock Invitational for another top season time … that swim was just over one tenth of a second away from being a personal-best time … dropped over 14 seconds in the 500 free over the course of the season. As a Freshman (2009-10): Recorded personal-best times in the 500 free (4:34.89), the 400 IM (3:58.91) and the 200 fly (1:50.23) 12 UNIVERSITY of NOTRE DAME® during the preliminary session of the BIG EAST Championship as an exhibition swimmer … touched the pad in a time of 53.05 in the 100 fly against Louisville … specialized in the fly events and swam a total of 11 during the season … recorded three top three finishes during dual meets, which included a win in the 200 fly against Michigan State. The mullins File: Regional champion and letter winner in each of his four years on the varsity team at The Peddie School (N.J.) under head coach Greg Wriede … team captain, all-state, all-conference, state champion and All-American as a senior … prep team was undefeated his senior season … All-American in the 100 fly (50.50), 200 IM (153.30), 200 free (1:40) and 400 free … Junior National qualifier … 2007 Easterns Champion … U.S. Open qualifier … Short Course Nationals qualifier … earned four national rankings throughout his career … held the 200 fly record at the New York City Open from 2007-08 … won the 500 free at the 2008 Mid-Atlantic Prep League Championships … part of school’s academic honor roll and Blue Key Society … EAST Championships … member of runnerup 200 free and 400 relay efforts at BIG EAST Championships … recorded second personal-best (1:37.98-200 free) at the BIG East Championships …monogram winner. As a sophomore (2010-11): Anchored the 200 medley relay in route to a school record of 1:28.86 at the BIG EAST Championships … that performance was an NCAA B-cut … amassed a total of six topeight finishes at the league championships including three individual and three relay performances … earned a sixth-place finish in the 100 free (44.97), a seventh-place finish in the 200 free (1:39.70) and another seventh-place finish in the 50 free (20.47) … relay showings included being a member of the second-place 800 free relay, the fourthplace 200 free relay and the fourth-place 200 medley relay, all of which were NCAA B-cut times … set two personal-best times in the preliminary sessions of the 50 free (20.41) and the 100 free (44.68) … just under three tenths of a second away from a personal-best in the 200 free … competed in 20 individual freestyle events over the course of the season. As a Freshman (2009-10): Performed primarily as a freestyler and secured three personal-bests during the BIG EAST Championships … personal-bests include performances in the final session of the 50 free (20.79) and the 200 free (1:38.80) and in the preliminary session of the 100 free (45.60) … career-best in the 500 free came at the Ohio State Invitational with a time of 4:35.12 in the preliminary session … collected six top-three finishes on the dual meet season … took home second in the 200 and 500 free in a tri-meet with Cleveland State and Miami (Ohio) for his best regular season performance. The Overholt File: Tabbed as the 24th-best prospect by CollegeSwimming. in 2006, awarded school’s 1954 Boys’ Team Trophy, given the team’s most improved swimmer … son of Cheri Schnautz and Alan Mullins … mother was a gymnast at Indiana State … oldest of three children … enrolled in the College of Engineering. Mullins’ career bests 500 free 4:34.89 • BIG EAST (2010) 400 IM 3:58.73 • Shamrock Invite (2011) 100 fly 53.05 • Louisville (2010) 200 fly 1:49.83 • Shamrock Invite (2011) com … nine-time All-American and allstate performer … achieved a 2008 Olympic Trials qualifying time in the 100m free (51.43) … National Junior Team qualifier in the 100 free … placed second in the 200 free at the 2008 Speedos Grand Prix while clocking the nation’s 10th fastest time in the event on the season and fourth in the 100 free (46.00) at the 2008 Illinois state meet while representing Naperville Neuqua Valley (Ill.) … helped his squad claim the title in the 200 free relay at the meet en route to the overall team title … long course state champion in the 200 and 100 free and the senior 800 free relay and 400 medley relay … went 23.53 in the 50 free (long course), which qualifies him for the upcoming U.S. Summer Nationals … earned four varsity letters … began swimming when he was eight … son of Peggy and Ken Overholt … has one younger brother … first member of his family to attend Notre Dame … played the bassoon in school’s concert band … competed for school’s water polo team for two seasons … enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business as an accounting major. Kevin Overholt Senior Free 6-3 • 220 Naperville, Ill. Neuqua Valley AS A JUNIOR (2011-12): Anchored the victorious 200 free relay at the season-opening Dennis Stark Relays … swam the fourth leg for the runner-up squad in the 200 medley relay at the early season quad meet … first-place finisher in the 50 free (20.76) and the 100 free (45.83) as a double-winner at Pittsburgh … member of the second place 400 free relay team at Louisville … logged a personal-best 44.66 in the 100 free at the Hawkeye Invitational … part of the third place 400 free relay team at the Hawkeye Invitational … anchored the runner-up 200 medley relay squad against Northwestern … won the 50 free (20.84) and 100 free (45.34) against Northwestern … member of the victorious 400 free relay team against Northwestern … final swimmer in the water for the winning 200 medley relay team against Michigan State … posted a time of 1:40.90 to win the 200 free, and followed up with an effort of 45.95 to claim the 100 free win against Michigan State … part of the runner-up 200 free relay and 800 free relay teams at the Shamrock Invitational … anchor of the runner-up 800 free relay team at the BIG EAST Championships … personalbest time of 20.07 in the 50 free at the BIG Overholt’s career bests 50 free 20.07 · BIG EAST (2012) 100 free 44.16 · BIG EAST (2012) 200 free 1:37.98 · BIG EAST (2012) 500 free 4:35.12 · Ohio State Invite (2009) 2012-13 Men’s SWIMMING 13 Student-Athletes Mason Weber Senior Breast / IM 5-11 • 180 Marshall, Mo. Marshall AS A JUNIOR (2011-12): Monogram winner … earned a sixth-place finish in the 100 breast (58.22) at Pittsburgh … claimed fifth in the 200 breast with a time of 2:10.37 at Pittsburgh … member of the runner-up 400 free relay team at Purdue … second swimmer in the water for the 200 medley relay team at the Hawkeye Invitational … also competed in the 200 breast (2:04.59) at the Hawkeye Invitational … member of the sixth place 200 medley relay team against Northwestern … finished sixth in the 200 breast (2:08.34) against Northwestern … swam the second leg for the fifth place 200 medley relay team against Michigan State … recorded a time of 58.67 in a fourth-place finish in the 100 breast against Michigan State. As a sophomore (2010-11): Had a breakout sophomore season and registered four personal-best times … three of those four came at the BIG EAST Championships as an exhibition swimmer … the career-bests consisted of performances of 55.16 in the 100 breast, 2:00.43 in the 200 breast and 1:52.03 in the 200 IM … the 55.16 showing in the 100 breast was an NCAA B-cut time, the first of his college career … the 100 breast time was eighth fastest time swum in Notre Dame history while the 200 breast was the fourth fastest time in school history and the fastest 200 breast swim since 2007 … the additional personal-best time came against Purdue in the 100 fly with a 52.91 showing. As a Freshman (2009-10): Primarily swam the breaststroke and individual medley … came on strong at the end of the season as he swam to top personal times at the BIG EAST Championships in the 100 breast (56.47), 200 breast (2:04.05) and the 200 IM (1:52.96) as an exhibition swimmer… his 100 breast time would have made the finals in the league meet … notched an additional personal-best at the Ohio State Invitational with time of 53.44 in the 100 fly … swam a total of 15 breaststroke races throughout the course of the season. The Weber File: Four-time high school All-American at Marshall (Mo.) while collecting the honors in the 100 breast and 200 IM in both his junior and senior seasons … 10-time all-state performer with eight individual and two relay accolades … USA Swimming National Championship qualifier in the 100 breast (56.05) and 200 IM (1:51.97) … his 100 breast time was the second-fastest in the history of the Missouri high school state championship meet … undefeated during prep regular-season meets for three years … four-time team captain and MVP of high school team … collegiate year … posted career-best times while earning fifth-place points at the BIG EAST Championships in both the 100 breast (54.53) and the 200 IM (1:47.77), recording NCAA B-cuts in each event … moved up to third-place all-time for the Irish in 200 IM history … touched seventh in the 400 IM (3:53.17) to earn another lifetime best at the same meet … nearly cleared the two-minute barrier in a time-trial swim in the 200 breast (2:00.90), his best career swim by nearly three seconds … assisted the 800 freestyle relay (6:24.11) to a silver finish and All-BIG EAST honors … placed in the top eight in two events at the Hawkeye Invitational, touching in at fifth in the 100 breast (56.19) and eighth in the 200 IM (1:49.88) … took second place honors in the 100 breast (56.92) earned four letters … holds each of his school’s records in each event … two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American … three-time honoree on the Missouri Valley Swimming LSC All-Academic team … made the top-eight at Junior Nationals in spring 2009 … member of National Honor Society … president of Future Business Leaders of America … high school valedictorian … son of Amy and Dan Weber … grandfather played football for Missouri and semi-pro baseball … great-grandfather was a foursport letterman at Emporia (Kan.) … has one brother, Kyle … enrolled in the College of Science. Weber’s career bests 100 breast 200 breast 200 IM 100 fly 54.39 • BIG EAST (2012) 1:58.10 • BIG EAST (2012) 1:52.03 • BIG EAST (2011) 52.91 • Purdue (2010) Colin Babcock Junior Breast / IM 6-0 • 170 Covington, La. Saint Paul’s AS A SOPHOMORE (2011-12): Breaststroke and individual medley specialist who garnered All-BIG EAST honors in his second in dual meet action against Michigan State … garnered silver in the 200 breast (2:04.87) against league foe Pittsburgh … represented the Irish at the 2012 US Olympic Trials, swimming the 100 meter breast (1:03.86, 58th), 200 meter breast (2:22.91, 110th), and the 200 meter IM (2:05.08, 44th) … recipient of both the Patrick Reilly McManus Captains’ Award and the Charles Blanchard Award … earned a monogram. AS A FRESHMAN (2010-11): Collected two top-eight finishes at the BIG EAST Championships in his first season … those two performances included swims of 1:50.14 in the 200 IM and 3:55.45 in the 400 IM … set personal-best times of 1:49.23 and 3:55.01 in the same two events, respectively, during the preliminary sessions of the league meet … 14 UNIVERSITY of NOTRE DAME® the 1:49.23 was an NCAA B-cut time .. the 200 IM performance was the fifth-fastest 200 IM in school history … swam the second fastest 200 IM in program history, behind teammate Bill Bass … set two additional career-best times at the Shamrock Invitational with swims of 15:59.59 and 56.91 in the 1,650 free and 100 breast, respectively … the 1,650 performance was the fastest time set by an Irish swimmer during the 2010-11 season … additional personal-best performances included showings of 4:42.94 in the 500 free against Pittsburgh, 9:2.39 in the 1,000 free against Michigan State, 2:07.50 in the 200 breast at the Hawkeye Invitational and 1:52.87 against Cleveland State. The babcock File: Louisiana’s 200910 Swimmer of the Year … swam for St. Paul’s (La.), while winning the team’s career achievement award as a senior … four-time letterwinner … two-time team captain … two-time all-Metro team choice … 2009-10 all-Northlake District MVP … 2009-10 AllMetro MVP … 2009-2010 New Orleans Metro League Schools Male Swimmer of the Year … 2008-09 USA Swimming Scholastic All-American … two-time Louisiana Division 1 state champion … All-American in the 200 individual medley (1:52.95) and 100 breast (57.80) … set seven individual school records and had a hand in six record-breaking relays … member of National Honor Society … president of St. Paul’s Student Council as a senior… first swimmer to win St. Paul’s Jimmy Dunn Memorial Award as the best all-around senior athlete … member of Blast Swim Team … won the Damon McCory Award for Most Outstanding Male Swimmer at the 2010 Louisiana Short Course State Meet… Summer Junior National Qualifier in the 200 IM and 100 breast … ranked 36th nationally among 17-year olds at the IMXtreme Challenge … son of Bill and Maureen Babcock … youngest of two children … grandfather and three uncles graduated from Notre Dame … two cousins have also attended the University … information techology major. Babcock’s career bests 500 free 4:42.94 · Pittsburgh (2010) 1,000 free 9:28.39 · Michigan State (2011) 1,650 free 15:59.59 · Shamrock Invite (2011) 100 breast 54.53 · BIG EAST (2012) 2:00.90 · BIG EAST (2012) 200 breast 200 fly 1:52.87 · Cleveland State (2011) 1:47.77 · BIG EAST (2012) 200 IM 400 IM 3:53.17 · BIG EAST (2012) Joshua Choi Junior Breast / IM 6-2 • 183 Folsom, Calif. Vista del Lago AS A SOPHOMORE (2011-12): Specialized in the breaststroke and individual medley disciplines in his second year with the Irish … recorded season-best times in the 100 breast (58.74) and the 200 IM (1:53.23) at the Hawkeye Invitational … top 200 breast time of the season (2:04.79) came at the Shamrock Invitational … touched the wall at 4:13.32 to record his best time of the year in the 200 breast against Louisville … competed for the Irish in dual meets against Northwestern, Louisville, Michigan State, and the quad meet against Michigan, Oakland, and TCU … monogram winner. AS A FRESHMAN (2010-11): Swam primarily the breaststroke and individual medley events during his first season with the Irish … set top season times in the 100 breast (58.11) and 200 breast (2:04.55) against league-foe Pittsburgh … touched the pad in 1:53.10 in the 200 IM and 4:01.52 in the 400 IM at the Hawkeye Invitational for top personal times … registered a 52.55 in the Shamrock Invitation in the 100 fly for another top season time. The choi File: Earned three conference titles with Vista del Lago High School (Calif.) … team captain and MVP as a junior … three-time all-conference choice … named all-city as a senior … earned All-American honors in the 100 breast and 200 individual medley as a junior and senior … set Sierra Valley Conference records in the 100 breast and 200 individual medley … school record holder in the 100 fly, 100 breast, 50 free and 200 individual medley … member of high school’s orchestra and church youth group … son of Susan and Gerald Choi … majoring in pre-professional science. choi’s career bests 100 breast 58.11 · Pittsburgh (2010) 200 breast 2:04.55 · Pittsburgh (2010) 100 fly 52.55 · Shamrock Invite (2011) 200 IM 1:53.10 · Hawkeye Invite (2010) 400 IM 4:01.52 · Hawkeye Invite (2010) 2012-13 Men’s SWIMMING 15 Student-Athletes Frank Dyer Junior Free 6-4 • 200 Loudonville, N.Y. Shaker AS A SOPHOMORE (2011-12): Rewrote the Irish record book en route to earning the first men’s swimming All-America honors in Notre Dame history … placed fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:34.00) at the pinnacle of collegiate competition, becoming the first Irish swimmer or diver to crack the top-eight at the NCAA Championships … competed in the 500 free, lowering his school record from earlier in the season to 4:17.97 … also participated in the 100 free (44.04) at the same meet … set four school records at the BIG EAST Championships, highlighted by a firstplace finish, BIG EAST and Trees Pool record in the 500 free (4:18.50) … led off the 800 free relay in a school record time of 1:33.71 while helping the Irish to a second-place finish … took second overall in the individual event of the 200 free (1:34.00) … earned bronze in the 100 free, setting the new school mark down to 43.22 … posted a school record while leading off the second place 200 free relay, becoming the first Irish swimmer to crack the 20-second barrier in the 50 free with a time of 19.84 … contributed to second place finishes on the 400 free relay and the 400 medley relay for the Irish at the BIG EAST Championships … turned in a stellar performance at the Hawkeye Invitational in the 200 free, posting a time of 1:35.58 to break the meet record and set the new pool record … garnered bronze in the 500 free (4:22.28) at the same meet … took second place against Michigan State by swimming a season-best 49.32 in the 100 fly … placed first in both the 100 free (44.47) and 200 free (1:37.50) while taking second in the 500 free (4:26.05) at the Shamrock Invitational … rose to the occasion against league foe Louisville, snagging gold in the 50 free (20.27) and 500 free (4:27.86) and earned second place points in the 200 free (1:37.91) … represented the Irish at the 2012 US Olympic Trials, highlighted by a 13th-place finish in the 400 meter free (3:52.74), a swim that ranked him in the top-100 performers in the event in the world at the time … also competed in the 50 meter free (23.28, 65th), 100 meter free (50.67, 45th), and 200 meter free (1:50.53, 29th) …named the 20112012 Notre Dame Monogram Club MVP Award for the team … earned a monogram. AS A FRESHMAN (2010-11): Registered the highest finish at the NCAA Championships in Notre Dame history with his 26th place finish in the 200 free (1:36.15) … became the first freshman, and the second swimmer, to make the NCAA Championships in school history … swam in two additional events at NCAA Championships … those two events were the 100 free (44.05) and the 500 free (4:27.25) … won the 500 free in 4:19.08, which was an NCAA B-cut time, at the BIG EAST Championships … that performance was a school record and first-ever 500 free time under 4:20 in school history … also took second place in the 200 free (1:36.19) and third in the 100 free (44.11) while being a member of the silver medal 800 free relay, the fourth place 200 free relay and the fourth place 400 medley relay at the league meet … all four times were NCAA B-cuts … the 400 medley relay squad also broke the Notre Dame school record with their 3:15.10 showing … top 1,000 free performance showing (9:22.35) came against Michigan State … his performances in the 100 and 200 free at the NCAAs and his 50 free lead-off leg of 20.35 at the BIG EAST Championships earned him second place on the top performers list in school history all three events … had the top team time in the 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 free for the first time since in the Irish joined the BIG EAST conference … qualified for the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 100, 200 and 400 meter free events … registered 14 NCAA B-cut swims in his freshman campaign. The dyer File: Prepped at Shaker High School (N.Y.) … three-time team captain … three-time regional champion … two-time state champion … earned All-American recognition in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 free, and also in the 200 medley relay (which won the New York state title) … set eight school and three sectional records … top times entering Notre Dame: 500 free (4:26.85), 200 free (1:37.97), 100 free (45.95), 50 free (20.65) … member of National Honor Society, Select Chorus and vice president of senior class … attended same high school as junior Brian Maloy … son of Mary and Frank Dyer … father played basketball at Siena … managment consulting major. dyer’s career bests 50 free 19.84 · BIG EAST (2012) 100 free 43.22 · BIG EAST (2012) 200 free 1:33.71 · BIG EAST (2012) 500 free 4:17.97 · NCAAs (2012) 1,000 free 9:22.35 · Michigan State (2011) 16 UNIVERSITY of NOTRE DAME® Bertie nel Junior Back / Free 6-0 • 159 Tzaneen, South Africa Ben Vorster AS A SOPHOMORE (2011-12): Recorded two top-eight finishes individually at the BIG EAST Championships … earned fourth place in the 200 back (1:46.48) in a lifetime best, NCAA B-cut-earning swim that also vaulted him into fourth all-time for the Irish in the event … posted a seventh-place finish in the 100 back (49.35), another lifetime best and fast enough to make him the third-best performer in Irish history in the event … garnered All-BIG EAST honors as part of both the silver-winning 400 medley relay and the bronze-earning 200 medley relay … had a pair of top-eight finishes at the Hawkeye Invitational, swimming the 200 back (1:48.08, sixth) and the 100 back (49.54, seventh) … recorded his season-best time in the 400 IM at the same meet, touching the wall at 4:00.99 … registered third-place points for the Irish in the dual meet against Louisville in the 100 back and a fourth-place showing in the 200 back … monogram winner. AS A FRESHMAN (2010-11): Registered a top-eight finish at the BIG EAST Championships with a 1:48.27 performance in the 200 back … also recorded personalbest times of 3:59.22 in the 400 IM and 1:50.64 in the 200 IM at the league championship … top 100 back time came at the Hawkeye Invitational with a 50.59 showing … swam to another personal-best against Cleveland State, touching the pad in 1:42.62 in the 200 free. nel’s career bests 200 free 1:42.62 · Cleveland State (2011) 100 back 49.35 · Hawkeye Invite (2010) 200 back 1:46.48 · BIG EAST (2012) 1:50.64 · BIG EAST (2011) 200 IM 400 IM 3:59.22 · BIG EAST (2011) The nel File: Won the bronze medal at the 2010 South African National Short Course Championships in the 200 individual medley … swam for Ben Vorster High School in Tzaneen, South Africa … team captain as a senior … also played rugby … holds a number of provincial, school and club records … competed in two FINA World Cup meets and the 2008 South African Olympic Trials … high school class president … full name is Albertus Jacobus Nel … son of Corne and Joce Nel … majoring in accounting. Patrick Sullivan Junior Back / IM 5-9 • 165 Franklin, Mass Bishop Feehan AS A SOPHOMORE (2011-12): Saw improvement in five total events in his second year with the Irish … lowered four personal-best marks at the Hawkeye Invitational, hitting the wall in the 100 back (52.35), 200 back (1:51.50), 200 IM (1:52.50), and 400 IM (4:00.95) to log top times in those events … recorded a swim in the 100 breast that stopped the clock at 58.37 at the Shamrock Invitational … saw dual meet action against Louisville, Northwestern, Michigan State, and Valparaiso … won second monogram. AS A FRESHMAN (2010-11): Competed in primarily the back and individual medley events in his first season in South Bend … topped out at 54.29 in the 100 back at the Hawkeye Invitational … also notched a season-best time of 4:03.73 in the 400 IM at the invitational … registered two additional career-best performances at the Shamrock Invitational with swims of 1:52.00 in the 200 back and 1:54.07 in the 200 IM … tried his luck at the 50 free against Purdue and clocked in at 22.83. The sullivan File: Swam four years at Bishop Feehan (N.Y.) while earning four letters … four-time all-conference choice … three-time conference champion … two-time team captain … set school records in the 200 medley relay, 200 free relay and 400 free relay … also swam for Bluefish Swim Club … member of National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Science Honor Society and English Honor Society … son of Maria and Paul Sullivan … brother, Michael swam for Notre Dame from 2007 to 2011 … finance major. sullivan’s career bests 100 back 200 back 200 IM 400 IM 52.35 · Hawkeye Invite (2011) 1:51.50 · Hawkeye Invite (2011) 1:52.50 · Hawkeye Invite (2011) 4:00.95 · Hawkeye Invite (2010) 2012-13 Men’s SWIMMING 17 Student-Athletes John Andrade Sophomore Diving 5-8 • 140 Avon, Conn. Avon AS A FRESHMAN (2011-12): Diver who contributed to the Irish squad as a pointscoring member at the BIG EAST Championships in both the 1 and 3-meter diving events … earned eighth place in the 1-meter dive (253.90) at the BIG EAST Championships, and also placed 14th (2:37.75) in the 3-meter dive at the same meet … set season-bests in both events while diving in an exhibition against Michigan State, posting scores of 273.60 for the 1-meter and 278.03 for the 3-meter … saw dual meet action against Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Purdue, and Louisville as well as the quad meet against Michigan, Oakland, and TCU … was named the team’s Most Improved Diver at the conclusion of the season … earned a monogram. The Andrade File: Competed in diving, cross country and track and field at Avon (Conn.) … team captain, all-league and AllAmerican performer as a senior … competed on the club scene with River City West Diving … full name is John Alexander Andrade … son of Sandra and Juan Andrade … has two siblings, Allie and Emily … AP Scholar … hails from same hometown as football’s Mike and Jake Golic … psycology major. Joe Casino Sophomore Back / Free 6-2• 185 Stamford, Conn. Fordham Preparatory THE CASINO FILE: Four-year letterwinner at Fordham Prep … the Rams finished as the runner-up at the New York Catholic High School Athletic Association Championships during freshman season before winning the league the next three years … member of Fordham Prep’s 2011 state championship team … three-time state championship qualifier in the 100 back, with a high finish of fifth as a senior … set team and league records in the 100 back and was on the fastest 400 free relay team in N.Y. State history … 2011 All-America qualifier with the record-setting 400 free squad … Scholastic All-American … swam with the Badger Swim Club for two years … competed at the 2011 Summer Junior Nationals … participated in club rowing during his freshman year at Notre Dame … member of the Students International Business Council … son of Joseph and Carolyn Casino … has one brother, Matthew, and one sister, Christina … majoring in finance and applied and computational mathematics and statistics. 18 UNIVERSITY of NOTRE DAME® Matthew DeBlasio Sophomore Free / Back 6-2 • 190 Dix Hills, N.Y. Half Hollow Hills East AS A FRESHMAN (2011-12): Versatile swimmer who contributed in a variety of strokes and distances … competed in three individual events at the BIG EAST Championships in his inaugural campaign with the Irish, compiling two top-eight fin- ishes … took sixth place in the 200 backstroke (1:47.88) in a season-best time … touched in at eighth in the 400 individual medley and recorded his best time of the season during the preliminary heats (3:52.36) … best 200 IM swim (1:49.44) of the season came in prelims at the BIG EAST Championships … recorded his best 200 butterfly swim (1:53.52) of the year at the Hawkeye Invitational … came in third in the same event in the dual meet against Michigan State, touching in at 1:53.60 … saw other dual meet action against Pittsburgh, Louisville, Purdue, Northwestern, and the quad meet against Michigan, Oakland, and TCU … earned a monogram. The DeBlasio File: Two-time AllAmerican in the 200 IM … New York State Public High School Champion in the 200 IM as a junior … named to the all-state team as a freshman, sophomore, junior and senior in the 200 IM and 100 back … six-year varsity swimmer at Half Hollow Hills East (N.Y.) … hold school records in the 100 back and 200 IM … swam at the 2010 National Select Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. … U.S. Nationals qualifier … two-time team captain and MVP … consistently ranked in the top 10 by USA Swimming in his respective age group … qualified for Senior Nationals … placed sixth at NCSA Junior Nationals in 400 IM … member of the National Honor Society … youngest of three children … son of Vicki and Marc DeBlasio … full name is Matthew Michael DeBlasio … enrolled in the First Year of Studies. Deblasio’s career bests 200 back 1:47.88 · BIG EAST (2012) 200 fly 1:53.52 · Hawkeye Invite (2011) 200 IM 1:49.44 · BIG EAST (2012) 400 IM 3:52.36 · Hawkeye Invite (2010) Kevin Hughes Sophomore Free / Back / Fly / IM 6-1 • 180 Rye, N.Y. Rye AS A FRESHMAN (2011-12): Talented freestyle specialist who earned three NCAA B-cuts in as many individual swims at the BIG EAST Championships in his first year … highlighted his season with a silver finish and All-BIG EAST honors in the 1,650 free (15:17.53), the third-best performance in the event in team history… took fourth place in the 500 free (4:24.43) at the BIG EAST Championships … finished tenth (1:37.68) in a loaded 200 free field at the same meet … recorded a lead-off split during the 1,650 free for the first 1,000 yards (9:14.59), the fourth-fastest time in that distance in team history … swam the 100 backstroke at the Hawkeye Invitational, recording a seasonbest time of 51.74 … participated in dual meets against Louisville, Northwestern, Purdue, Michigan State, and the quad meet against Michigan, Oakland, and TCU … earned a monogram. The Hughes File: Three-time letterwinner under head coach Carle Fierro at Rye (N.Y.) … All-American as a sophomore as part of the school’s 400 free relay squad … named to the all-state team in his sophomore and junior seasons … competes with the Hydroquatics Swim Team on the club level … summer National and Junior National qualifier … competed in 10K Open Water Nationals … member of the 2010-11 National Youth Team … scholastic AllAmerican … full name is Kevin John Hughes … son of Lisa and John Hughes … youngest of three children … sister, Katie (Maryland), and brother, Michael (Boston College), have both swam at the collegiate level … enrolled in the First Year of Studies. HUGHEs’ career bests 200 free 1:37.68 · BIG EAST (2012) 500 free 4:24.43 · BIG EAST (2012) 9:14.59 · BIG EAST (2012) 1,000 free 1,650 free 15:17.53 · BIG EAST (2012) 100 back 51.74 · Hawkeye Invite (2011) 2012-13 Men’s SWIMMING 19 Student-Athletes Brennan Jacobsen Sophomore Free / Fly 6-2 • 180 Whittier, Calif. Sonora AS A FRESHMAN (2011-12): Distance swimmer who made an immediate impact, winning an individual BIG EAST Championship in his first year while also accumulating another All-BIG EAST accolade and achieving three NCAA B-cuts … won the 1,650 freestyle at the BIG EAST Championships, posting a season-best time of 15:16.77, which also earned him second place in the Notre Dame team record books … took second in the 500 freestyle, recording a readout of 4:24.28 which was good for an NCAA B-cut … placed eighth in the 200 butterfly with his best time of the season during prelims (1:48.00) … turned in a 1,000 freestyle split of 9:14.40 during the 1,650 at the BIG EAST Championships, which placed him second in team history for the event … came in third in the 1,650 in dual meet action against Michigan State … also competed in meets against Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Louisville, Purdue, and the quad meet against Michigan, Oakland, and TCU … represented the Irish at the 2012 US Olympic Trials, competing in the 400 meter free (4:07.75, 109th) and the 1,500 meter free (16:10.61, 78th) … earned a monogram. The Jacobsen File: Earned three varsity letters while swimming as a prep at Sonora (Calif.) … two-time All-American … three-time team captain … finished first at 2010 CIF meet in the 500 free (4:24.82) … placed first at the 2010 CIF Masters meet in the 200 free (1:40.12) … consolation finalist at 2010 Long Course Junior Nationals in the 400 free (3:58.28) and 1,500 free (15:47.84) … 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier … son of Patty and Todd Jacobsen … father swam at UC-San Diego … full name is Brennan Paul Jacobsen … oldest of three children … enrolled in the First Year of Studies. JACOBSEN’S career bests 500 free 1,000 free 1,650 free 200 fly 4:24.28 · BIG EAST (2012) 9:14.40 · BIG EAST (2012) 15:16.77 · BIG EAST (2012) 1:48.00 · BIG EAST (2012) Broderick Kelley Sophomore Fly / Free 5-10 • 170 Pittsburgh, Pa. Shady Side AS A FRESHMAN (2011-12): Specialized in both lengths of butterfly as well as middle-distance freestyle … swam three events at the BIG EAST Championships … set career-bests in the 200 fly (1:49.29) and 100 fly (49.41) at the meet … also participated in the 500 free (4:35.83) … seasonbest in the 500 free came at the Hawkeye Invitational (4:33.86) … saw dual meet action during the season against Pittsburgh, Louisville, Michigan State, Northwestern, Purdue, and the quad meet against Michigan, Oakland, and TCU … monogram winner. The Kelley File: Led Shady Side (Pa.) to the state title as a senior … four-time letterwinner in swimming while earning three letters as a middle distance runner on the track squad … three-time regional champion … two-time team captain and KELLEY’S career bests 500 free 4:33.86 · Hawkeye Invite (2011) 100 fly 49.41 · BIG EAST (2012) 1:49.29 · BIG EAST (2012) 200 fly All-American … Junior National qualifier in 2010 and 2011 … holds team records in the 200 medley relay, 400 free relay and 100 fly … active with student council (president) and chamber choir in high school … Yale Award of Pittsburgh … full name is Broderick Dunn Kelley … son of Joseph and Karen Kelley … has two siblings, Caitlin and Sean … Caitlin graduated from Notre Dame in 2011 … enrolled in the College of Engineering, majoring in civil engineering. 20 UNIVERSITY of NOTRE DAME® Michael Kreft Sophomore Diving 5-9 • 170 Solon, Ohio Solon AS A FRESHMAN (2011-12): Immediate contributor to the diving squad his first year, gaining All-BIG EAST honors … earned the bronze medal at the BIG EAST Championships in the 3-meter dive (311.35) while taking fourth in the 1-meter dive (277.75) … season-high point totals came in dual meet action against Northwestern, posting scores of 322.50 in the 1-meter dive and 364.43 in the 3-meter dive, placing first in both … took second in both events in the dual meet against Michigan State … earned a monogram. The Kreft File: Three-time AllAmerican … Ohio’s 2010 state champion after placing second in 2009 … seventh at the state meet in 2008 … multiple Junior National qualifier while competing with the American Flyers Diving Club … dove for four years under Marc Cahalane at Solon (Ohio) … set the 11-dive pool (534.05) and school record at Solon … also holds pool records at Lakewood and Strongsville … three-time team MVP … four-time all-conference, allcity and all-state selection … two-time Cleveland Plain Dealer Player of the Week … three time NOC Scholar Athlete Award recipient … nationally-ranked throughout prep career … captain of the diving squad at Solon … plays the guitar, mandolin, and electric violin … oldest of three children … KREFT’s career bests 1-meter (6) 322.50 · Northwestern (2012) 3-meter (6) 364.43 · Northwestern (2012) son of Kan and John Kreft … full name is Michael Francis Kreft … majoring in preprofessional science James McEldrew Sophomore Free / Back / IM 5-11 • 160 Northwales, Pa. Germantown Academy AS A FRESHMAN (2011-12): Distance freestyle and backstroke specialist for the Irish who set the top time in team history in the 1,000 free during his first season … set the new record in the 1,000 free (9:13.41) as a split of his 1,650 free swim at the BIG EAST Championships, where he would eventually finish fifth (15:28.19) … also recorded two eighth-place finishes at the same meet, setting season-best times in prelims in the 500 free (4:27.05) and the 200 back (1:47.68) … placed second in the 1,000 free (9:21.53) against league foe Louisville … placed first in the same event against Pittsburgh, turning in a time of 9:25.95 … took gold in the 1,650 free against Michigan State with a time of 15:44.39 … also competed in dual meets against Northwestern and a quad meet against Michigan, Oakland, and TCU … represented the Irish at the 2012 US Olympic Trials, competing in the 1,500 meter free (16:16.16, 82nd) and the 200 meter back (2:05.68, 75th) … earned a monogram. The McEldrew File: 2012 U.S. Olympics Trials qualifier in 200 back and 1,500 free … All-American in the 500 free (4:31.36) as a junior … four-year letterwinner and two-time captain for Richard Shoulberg at Germantown Academy (Pa.) … twice named All-American and two-time team captain … three-time all-conference performer … qualified for three events at the Grand Prix Meet in 2010 … U.S. MCELDREW’S career bests 500 free 1,000 free 1,650 free 200 back 4:27.05 · BIG EAST (2012) 9:13.41 · BIG EAST (2012) 15:28.19 · BIG EAST (2012) 1:47.68 · BIG EAST (2012) Nationals qualifier … member of the Community Service Organization … full name is James Joseph McEldrew … one of four children … son of Debbie and James McEldrew … sisters Kelly (Georgetown) and Caitlin (Oberlin) both ran track and cross country at the collegiate level … enrolled in the First Year of Studies. 2012-13 Men’s SWIMMING 21 Student-Athletes cameron Miller Sophomore Breast / IM 6-1 • 190 Michigan City, Ind. Michigan City AS A FRESHMAN (2011-12): Primarily competed in the breaststroke and individual medley in his inaugural season with the Irish … garnered All-BIG EAST honors as a member of the 200 medley relay that took third at the BIG EAST Championships … recorded three top-six finishes in individual events at the same meet … moved into second-place all-time for both breaststroke events thanks to a pair of fourth-place finishes, recording a 54.39 for the 100 breast and a 1:57.57 for the 200 breast, both NCAA B-cuts … took sixth in the 200 IM at the BIG EAST Championships, turning in a time of 1:49.10, good for his third NCAA B-cut of the season … swept both breaststroke events in the dual meet versus Michigan State, recording times of 56.82 for the 100 breast and 2:01.10 for the 200 breast … completed the same breaststroke sweep against Pittsburgh … represented the Irish at the 2012 US Olympic Trials, competing in the 100 meter breast (1:02.86, 33rd) and the 200 breast (2:17.05, 39th) … monogram winner. The Miller File: Five-time AllAmerican … named to U.S. Junior National team … held a national ranking since his freshman season … finished in the top four in the Indiana state meet in the 100 breast and 200 IM as a junior … four-time letterwinner and four-time captain at Michigan City (Ind.) … currently holds 11 high school records and one sectional record … competed in Barcelona, Spain, as a member of the National Youth Team … 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier … member of the National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, student council, science club, math team and the choral club as well as serving as the vice president of the Spanish club … full name is Cameron Michael Miller … son of Nancy and Michael Miller … oldest of five children … fourth member of family – including two uncles and an aunt – to attend Notre Dame … uncle, John, was a fencer and played water polo at Notre Dame … majoring in pre-professional science. MILLER’S career bests 100 breast 200 breast 200 IM 54.39 · BIG EAST (2012) 1:57.57 · BIG EAST (2012) 1:49.10 · BIG EAST (2012) Patrick Murphy Sophomore Free 6-0 • 145 Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. The Bolles School AS A FRESHMAN (2011-12): Swam a wide range of freestyle distances as well as the 200 fly in his first campaign … swam three events at the BIG EAST Championships and recorded season-best times in each … recorded readouts of 1:41.04 in the 200 free, 4:30.25 in the 500 free, and 15:52.72 in the 1,650 free at the meet … posted a seasonbest time in the 200 fly (1:56.18) at the Hawkeye Invitational … saw dual meet action against Michigan State, Louisville, Northwestern, Valparaiso, Pittsburgh, and the quad meet against Michigan, Oakland, and TCU … was honored with the Meghan Beeler and Colleen Hipp Award, which is presented annually to the freshman who best demonstrates vitality, competitiveness and love for Notre Dame … earned monogram. The Murphy File: Swam for The Bolles School (Fla.), which won the 2009-10 Swimming World high school national championship … former Irish women’s swimmer Katie Casey also swam for the same prep program … four-time letterwinner … Junior National qualifier and USA Swimming Scholastic All-American as a member of the Bolles School Sharks club … team-captain MUrphy’s career bests 200 free 1:41.04 · BIG EAST (2012) 500 free 4:30.25 · BIG EAST (2012) 1,000 free 9:14.59 · BIG EAST (2012) 1,650 free 15:17.53 · BIG EAST (2012) 200 fly 51.74 · Hawkeye Invite (2011) and all-city choice as a senior … led prep squad to state titles in 2009 and 2010 … won Babe Ruth Foundation Award for high ideals in scholarship, leadership, patriotism and athletic achievement … son of Katy and Pat Murphy … has two siblings, Shannon and Ryan … full name is Patrick Sullivan Murphy … active in National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society and Outward Bound Club … enrolled in the First Year of Studies. 22 UNIVERSITY of NOTRE DAME® John Nappi Sophomore Free / IM 6-0 • 165 Pittsburgh, Pa. Mount Lebanon AS A FRESHMAN (2011-12): Swam the full range of freestyle events for the Irish in his inaugural campaign, capping off his season with two top-eight finishes at the BIG EAST Championships … nabbed an NCAA B-cut en route to a fourth-place finish in the 1,650 free (15:27.69) at the BIG EAST Championships … took seventh at the same meet in the 500 free (4:27.13) … also competed in the 200 free, recording a time of 1:38.74 in prelims which stood as his fastest readout of the season … clocked his fastest 100 free time of the season at the Hawkeye Invitational (46.81) while leading off a relay … took second in the 1,650 free in dual meet action against Michigan State, posting a 15:50.12 … saw additional dual meet competition against Louisville, Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Purdue, and the quad meet against Michigan, Oakland, and TCU … earned a monogram. The Nappi File: Prepped at Mt. Lebanon (Pa.) while earning four varsity letters with the swim team … nine-time AllAmerican … short course nationals qualifier … holds school records in the 200 IM, 500 free and 200/400 free relays … WPIAL NAPPI’s career bests 100 free 46.81 · Hawkeye Invite (2011) 200 free 1:38.74 · BIG EAST (2012) 4:27.13 · BIG EAST (2012) 500 free 1,650 free 15:27.69 · BIG EAST (2012) 200 IM 1:55.54 · Shamrock Invite (2012) champion in the 200 IM as a junior … 500 free state champion as a senior … threetime team MVP and team captain … four times named to the all-conference, all-city and all-state squads … member of National Honor Society and student-athlete council … son of Kathy and Frank Nappi … full name is John Francis Nappi … sister, Mary, swims at Wooster … father swam at Westminster College … hails from same area as Notre Dame women’s basketball player Madison Cable … enrolled in the First Year of Studies. Nick Nemetz Sophomore Diving 5-10 • 145 Ann Arbor, Mich. Pioneer AS A FRESHMAN (2011-12): Breakthrough debut season for the Irish, finishing in the top-five of each regular season event he competed in … earned BIG EAST Most Outstanding Diver honors after winning two BIG EAST Diving Championships … scored 322.30 points to take the 1-meter dive and added the 3-meter title with 325.15 points … 19th-place finisher off the 3-meter board at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships (287.35) … claimed 12th place in the 1-meter dive at the meet with a cumulative score of 621.95 … double-winner in a dual meet with Michigan State, setting career-bests in both the 1-meter (353.85) and 3-meter (354.23) events … runner-up finisher in the 1-meter (290.40) and 3-meter dives (332.63) at the Shamrock Invitational … logged a second place 3-meter score of 344.33 in a dual meet against Northwestern … monogram winner. The Nemetz File: Three-time AllAmerican diver … collected all-state, all-city and all-conference accolades each of his four years at Ann Arbor Pioneer (Mich.) … won state title as a sophomore and placed third as a junior … earned four varsity letters … competed at the 2010 Junior Nationals … team captain as a senior … holds the pool record at Sayne High School … member of the National Honor Society and the Community Volunteer Club … has a twin sister, Margaret … son of Theresa and Ed Nemetz … enrolled in the First Year of Studies. nemetz’s career bests 1-meter (6) 3 53.85 · Michigan State (2012) 3-meter (6) 3 54.23 · Michigan State (2012) 2012-13 Men’s SWIMMING 23 Student-Athletes Patrick Olson Sophomore Free / Breast / Fly / IM 6-2 • 179 Marlton, N.J. St. Joseph’s AS A FRESHMAN (2011-12): Regular entrant in the 200 free, 200 breast, and 200 and 400 IM in his first collegiate season … made first Notre Dame appearance at the quad meet with Michigan, TCU and Oakland, competing in the 200 breast and 200 IM … third-place finisher in the 400 IM (4:05.47) in a dual meet at Purdue … touched the wall in 1:49.68 in the 200 IM and 3:56.30 in the 400 IM at the Hawkeye Invitational … logged a third-place finish (4:01.89) in the 400 IM at the Shamrock Invitational … clocked a 1:51.72 for fourth in the 200 IM at the same meet … swam three events at the BIG EAST Championships, setting personal-bests in the 200 breast (2:03.07) and the 400 IM (3:54.23) … won a monogram. The Olson File: Earned All-America honors in three of his four prep seasons … 2012 U.S. Olympics Trials qualifier in 200 back and 1,500 free … four-time letterwinner at St. Joseph’s Prep (Pa.) … qualified for the final heat in both the 200 and 400 IM at the 2010 Summer Junior Nationals … U.S. Nationals qualifier … led team to three conference, sectional and regional titles … team was nationally-ranked at the end of OLSON’s career bests 200 free 1:42.57 · Purdue (2011) 100 breast 57.58 · Hawkeye Invite (2011) 200 breast 2:03.07 · BIG EAST (2012) 200 IM 1:48.98 · BIG EAST (2012) 400 IM 3:54.12 · BIG EAST (2012) final three prep campaigns … four-time allconference and all-city honoree … threetime all-state performer … twice named to the all-Catholic League squad … also lettered in lacrosse and football … full name is Patrick James Olson … son of Catherine and John Olson … mother swam at Villanova … father played football at the United States Merchant Marine Academy … oldest of three children … enrolled in the First Year of Studies. Zachary Stephens Sophomore Breast 5-11 • 150 Bloomsburg, Pa. Bloomsburg AS A FRESHMAN (2011-12): Enjoyed a historic season competing in the 200 breast, shattering both the school record and the pool record in the event at the Rolfs Aquatic Center … facility-best time was .02 seconds faster than the previous best time at the Rolfs Aquatic Center set by Dan Szilier in 1998 … shattered the school mark by more than two seconds in the event, swimming a preliminary 1:57.06 at the BIG EAST Championships … earned a third-place finish in the 200 breast with a time of 1:57.44 in the finals of the meet … logged the seventh-best 100 breast swim of all-time, touching the wall in 54.66 at the BIG EAST Championships … recorded the second-fastest 200 IM time in school history in a fourth-place finish at the BIG EAST Championships … monogram winner. The Stephens File: All-American as a sophomore and junior in the 100 and 200 breaststroke … 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier … two-time PIAA state champion record holder in the 100 breast … Pennsylvania District IV record holder and state champion in the 200 IM (1:52.53) … also set district record in the 100 breast (57.04) … four-time letterwinner and twotime captain for Mark Barnes at Bloomsburg Area (Pa.) … qualified for short court nationals … currently holds six school records and each pool record … went undefeated in his freshman, sophomore and junior years, while being a regional champion over that same period … also lettered in tennis and track … member of the National Honor Society … full name is Zachary John Stephens … son of Ann and John Stephens … youngest of four children … sister, Jessica, swam for Notre Dame … brother, Matthew, ran cross country at Princeton … brother, Justin, swam at Villanova … enrolled in the First Year of Studies. stephens’ career bests 100 free 100 breast 200 breast 200 IM 46.77 · Pittsburgh (2011) 54.66 · BIG EAST (2012) 1:57.06 · BIG EAST (2012) 1:47.71 · BIG EAST (2012) 24 UNIVERSITY of NOTRE DAME® Ted Wagner Sophomore Diving 5-10 • 150 Naperville, Ill. Neuqua AS A FRESHMAN (2011-12): Competed in both the 1 and 3-meter dives in his first collegiate season … runner-up finish in the 3-meter dive with a personal-best score of 299.10 points at Pittsburgh … logged a score of 264.16 in a fourth place 3-meter effort at Louisville … earned third place in the 1-meter (270.45) and 3-meter (329.48, personal-best) dives in a dual meet against Michigan State … won a monogram. The Wagner File: Four-time letterwinner at Neuqua (Ill.) while also earning NISCA All-American honors in 2010 … holds school’s 11-dive record … placed in the top 12 at the Illinois state meet as a sophomore and seventh as a junior … three-time conference champion … team captain as a senior … runner-up at AAU national championships in 1-meter event in the 18-over age group … Indian Prairie Scholar and member of National Society of High School Scholars … son of Carolyn and John Wagner … oldest of three children … cousin, Andy Bonk, was a fencer at Notre Dame … hails from the same area as Irish swimmer Kevin Overholt … enrolled in the First Year of Studies. Wagner’s career bests 1-meter (6) 294.00 · Northwestern (2012) 3-meter (6) 3 29.48 · Michigan State (2012) John Williamson Sophomore Free / Fly 6-1 • 180 Bloomington, Ill. University AS A FRESHMAN (2011-12): Specialized in the free and fly in his first season with the Irish … set personal-bests in both the 500 free (4:26.50) and the 100 fly (49.27) at the BIG EAST Championships … won the 200 fly at the BIG EAST Championships with a time of 1:44.74, his third career-best time posted at the meet … earned a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 100 (51.54) and 200 fly (1:54.41) at the quad meet with Michigan, Oakland and TCU … won the 200 fly in a dual meet at Pittsburgh with a time of 1:51.32 for his first career race victory … claimed third place in the 200 fly (1:51.89) at Purdue … earned a monogram. The Williamson File: Earned four varsity letters while swimming as a prep at University (Ill.) … six-time All-American … fastest Illinois 16-year old ever in the 100 fly (LCM/SCY) and 200 fly (SCY) … second at the 2010 Illinois state meet in the 200 free Williamson’s career bests 200 free 1:41.34 · Hawkeye Invite (2011) 500 free 4:26.50 · BIG EAST (2012) 100 fly 49.27 · BIG EAST (2012) 200 fly 1:44.74 · BIG EAST (2012) (1:39.21) and 100 fly (49.49) … competed at the 2009 state meet in the 100 fly, 200 free, 200 medley relay and 400 free relay … finished seventh that season in the 100 fly … U.S. Nationals qualifier … holds school and area records in the 100 fly, 100 free, 200 free, 200 medley relay, and 400 free relay … member of the 2010 NCSA Junior National Team … son of Laura and Bill Williamson … one of five children … mechanical engineering major. 2012-13 Men’s SWIMMING 25 Student-Athletes Bogac Ayhan Freshman Back / Fly 6-1 • 182 London, England Woodhouse College The Ayhan File: Six-time Turkish National medalist … 14th-place finish in the 50m back at the 2011 European Juniors in Belgrade, Serbia … ranked 15th in the 100m back at the 2011 World Youth Championships in Lima, Peru … swam with the Camden Swiss Cottage club team, reaching third in the national rankings in 2008 … four-time letterwinner in swimming at Woodhouse College in London … member of four conference and regional championship teams … served as team captain his senior year … lettered in soccer as a freshman and sophomore … club went undefeated in both seasons … son of Debbie Ayhan … has one older sibling, Metin … enrolled in the First Year of Studies. Matt Buerger Freshman Back / Free / IM 5-11 • 193 Wexford, Pa. North Allegheny The Buerger File: Four-year letterwinner at North Allegheny High School for coach Kirk Semler … won two team state championships and three district championships with the Tigers … won an individual state championship in the 200 IM … ninetime district individual/relay champion … also participated in water polo at North Allegheny … swam with the Allegheny North Swim Club … U.S. Olympic trial qualifier in the 100m backstroke with a time of 57.40 … son of David and Sonya Buerger … has two brothers, Jonathan and Zachary … has one sister, Victoria … father David (Allegheny) and uncle Daniel Buerger (Duke) were both collegiate swimmers … brother Jonathan currently swims at Virginia … majoring in pre-professional science. Michael Hudspith Freshman Free 5-9 • 150 Ranchos Palos Verdes, Calif. Palos Verdes The Hudspith File: Won four letters swimming for Palos Verdes High School … three-time all-conference selection … earned All-America honors as a senior … swam with the La Mirada Armada club team … finalist at the 2011 NCSA Junior Nationals and the USA Junior Nationals … also com- peted at the 2011 Itoman Open International Friendships Meet, the 2011 Bay League Conference Finals and the 2012 New Zealand Open Olympic Trials … son of Kevin and Karen Hudspith … has one sister, Caitlin … political science major. 26 UNIVERSITY of NOTRE DAME® Andrew Jensen Freshman Breast / IM 6-1 • 175 Sugar Land, Texas Clements The Jensen File: Three-year letterwinner at Saline (Mich.) High School for coach Todd Brunty … primary events were distance and the individual medley … member of two undefeated seasons and the 2011 state championship team with the Hornets … all-conference selection … transferred to Clements High School for his senior season … also swam with Club Wolverine and the First Colony Swim Team … qualified for the Short Course Junior National Finals in the 200 breast … son of Leif and Mary Jensen … has one sister, Kathryn … biology pre-med major. Shane McKenzie Freshman Free / Fly / IM 5-10 • 160 Newtown, Pa. St. Joseph’s Prep The Mckenzie File: Four-year letterman at St. Joseph’s Prep for coach Paul Morrissey … member of a Philadelphia Catholic League Championship team with the Hawks … four-time all-Philadelphia Catholic League selection … named to the all-state team … Scholastic All-American … club squad was the Tri-Hampton YMCA Swim Team … YMCA Nationals Finalist … YMCA All-American … USA Swimming Junior and Senior Nationals qualifier … named an AP Scholar with Distinction … member of the National Honor Society … received a Silver Medal for chemistry at St. Joseph’s Prep … son of Paul and Lori McKenzie … has one sister, Kylie … has one brother, Brandon … biomedical engineering major. Zane Parker Freshman Diving 5-11 • 158 Muncie, Ind. Muncie Central The Parker File: Won four diving letters at Muncie Central High School … member of the Bearcats’ North Central Conference Championship team as a senior captain in 2011 … won the Senior NCC Championship with a score of 477.20 … IHSAA State Championship finalist … lettered in tennis as a sophomore … competed with the Starz Diving Club … qualified for the East Nationals, and was a two-time age group National qualifier … member of the National Honor Society … majoring preprofessional science. 2012-13 Men’s SWIMMING 27 Student-Athletes Alex Robinson Freshman Free / Fly 5-9 • 140 Plano, Texas Plano West The Robinson File: Three-year varsity letterwinner at Plano West Senior High School … 100 fly regional champion as a sophomore … enjoyed a banner junior year, qualifying for the state championship meet in three events and setting the school record in two others … member of the Wolves’ regional championship team and third-place state finisher in 2010 … also participated in water polo for three seasons … swam with the Dallas Mustangs club team … U.S. Open and Junior National qualifier … served as a swim assistant for the Plano Special Olympics … member of the Sons of Republic of Texas … served as president of the Plano West Finance Club … graduated in the top five percent of his senior class … recognized member of Mensa … son of Dianne Robinson … majoring in finance and premed. Michael Scheid Freshman Back / IM 5-8 • 145 Louisville, Ky. Saint Xavier The Scheid File: Lettered in all four years of competition for Saint Xavier High School … member of four state championship teams, including undefeated seasons in 2010 and 2011 … state title won during his senior year was the 24th-straight for Saint Xavier … three-time all-state selection … three-time 100 back state champion … team captain as a senior, and also chosen as the squad’s Most Valuable Swimmer … swam with the Lakeside SeaHawks club team, serving as a team captain … presented with the Jack Thompson 110% Award, given to a successful swimmer who maintains a steadfast perseverance in the sport of swimming … inducted into the National Honor Society and Chinese National Honor Society … has performed volunteer work with Habitat for Humanity … son of Mike and Sherrill Scheid … has two sisters, Abbey and Katie … majoring in business. Nicholas Sim Freshman Free / Fly 5-9 • 172 Singapore, Singapore Raffles Institution The Sim File: Four-year letterwinner at the Raffles Institution … regular events included the 50, 100 and 200m free and the 100m fly … member of the Swimfast Aquatic Club … won the Singapore National Swimming Championships with Swimfast … swam at the 2009 World Championships in Rome … son of Sim Boon Lye and Lim Hwee Ben … has one brother, Gerald … finance major. 28 UNIVERSITY of NOTRE DAME® FRESHMEN Pictured left to right (first row): Andrew Jensen, Zane Parker, Bogac Ayhan, Alex Robinson and Nicholas Sim. (second row): Shane McKenzie, Michael Hudspith, Matt Buerger and Michael Scheid. SOPHOMORES Pictured left to right (first row): Patrick Olson, John Andrade, Broderick Kelley, Michael Kreft, James McEldrew, Matthew DeBlasio, Zachary Stephens, Joe Casino and Patrick Murphy. (second row): Ted Wagner, Nick Nemetz, Kevin Hughes, John Williamson, Cameron Miller, Brennan Jacobsen and John Nappi. 2012-13 Menâ€™s SWIMMING 29 Student-Athletes JUNIORS Pictured left to right: Patrick Sullivan, Joshua Choi, Madison Boyle (junior manager), Frank Dyer, Bertie Nel and Colin Babcock. SENIORS Pictured left to right (first row): Ryan Koter, Bill Bass, Mason Weber, Kevin Overholt, John McGinley and Amanda Brady (senior manager). (second row): Jordan Berry, Christopher Johnson, Wesley Mullins and Tylor Gauger. 30 UNIVERSITY of NOTRE DAME速 UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME Fighting Irish Notre Dame head coach Tim Welsh won his fifth BIG EAST Championship in 2012, the 32nd overall conference championship of his illustrious career. Welsh also earned his fifth BIG EAST Coach of the Year award last season, guiding Frank Dyer to the first menâ€™s swimming All-America honor in program history. Coaching Staff Head Coach Tim Welsh Head Coach 28th Season Providence ‘66 is the almost every-day occurrence that breaking University records has become. In his tenure, Welsh has seen his studentathletes break the Notre Dame record in every event -- on both the men’s and women’s sides -- on multiple occasions. In all, more than 200 University records have been set under Welsh’s tutelage, with the bar continuing to be raised each season. The Irish established 12 marks during the 2004-05 and 2008-09 seasons alone and seven more in 2005-06, adding eight more in 2007-08 and an additional 12 in 2011-12. In the lists of the top 10 performers in each swimming event in Notre Dame men’s history, no names remain from the pre-Welsh era. The Irish swimming and diving program entered a new era under Welsh, as well. In his first 17 years at Notre Dame, the men’s swimming and diving team had little access to scholarship aide. The Notre Dame Athletic Department decided in December 2002 to fully fund all of its varsity sports, giving the Irish a tool with which to compete with the best schools in the nation. Working with a fully funded program, Welsh has welcomed some of the program’s top freshman classes in recent years. Notre Dame has finished in the top four at the BIG EAST Championships in 15 consecutive seasons, including six runnerup results (1999, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2011). The Fighting Irish finally broke through and captured the program’s first BIG EAST title in 2005 by defeating Pittsburgh, the eighttime defending conference champion, by 275 points. Increased expectations were placed on the Irish in 2005-06 and the squad delivered with another BIG EAST title in dominating fashion, also accomplishing the feat in 2007-08, 2008-09, and most recently 2011-12. It was a historic march through the BIG EAST Championship meet in 2012 as Notre Dame earned 887 points, its most at the event since 2004-05, to claim its fifth league title. Frank Dyer won the 500 free and was runner-up in the 200 free, while Bill Bass took home titles in the 200 IM and the 100 fly. Diver Nick Nemetz swept both the 1- and 3-meter dives to insure the Irish victory. Dyer’s strong performance in the 200 free was a sign of things to come, as his fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships earned Notre Dame its first All-America honor. The Irish registered a banner campaign in 2010-11, as Notre Dame finished second at the BIG EAST Conference Championships. Even more, Frank Dyer became just the second Notre Dame swimmer – and first freshman – to represent the Irish at the NCAA Championships. The Fighting Irish went 6-4 during the dual meet portion of the schedule and received votes in the final CollegeSwimming.com Top 25 rankings. Upon earning and invitation to the NCAA Championships, Dyer went on to compete at the national event in the 500 free, 200 free and 100 free. Dyer recorded the program’s highest finish Welsh By the Numbers Career record 427-240-1 (.640) / 35 seasons Career men’s record 277-155 (.641) / 35 seasons Record at Notre Dame 311-174 (.641) / 27 seasons Men’s record at Notre Dame 218-123 (.639) / 27 seasons Head coaching experience Johns Hopkins (men / women) - 1977-85 Notre Dame (women) - 1985-95 Notre Dame (men) - 1985-present at the NCAAs with a 26th-place showing in the 200 free. After falling 4.5 points short of the BIG EAST title in 200607, Welsh revved up the engines and guided the Irish to championship runs in 2007-08 and 2008-09. One of the greatest races in Notre Dame history capped off the 2009 league meet behind the efforts of that season’s 400 free relay quartet: Danny Lutkus, Joshua Nosal, John Lytle and Andrew Hoffman. A seven-second underdog to the Louisville relay team heading into the final race of the meet, the foursome pulled off the upset in dramatic fashion to secure the program’s second consecutive league title. Twelve school records fell during that 2009 event. Coming off a BIG EAST title in 2005, a lot of expectations were placed upon the 2005-06 team and they delivered with a second straight league championship. The Fighting Irish claimed three event titles at the conference meet and produced 13 allBIG EAST performers en route to the 224.5-point victory over Pittsburgh and the rest of the 11-team field. A total of seven school records were set during the season. Michael Bulfin became just the third student-athlete in program history to qualify for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships and the second in as many seasons, following swimmer Tim Kegelman, who did so in 2005. Bulfin returned to the NCAAs in 2008 and scored Notre Dame’s first points ever at the national meet. In the fall of 2004, Notre Dame appeared in the CSCAA dual The Welsh Factor Since his arrival at Notre Dame in 1985, Tim Welsh has seen his student-athletes continuallly shatter every University record, anually setting a new standard of excellence. Event 1985 record 2012 record 50 Free 21.47 19.84 100 Free 46.70 43.22 200 Free 1:42.20 1:33.71 500 Free 4:41.80 4:17.97 1,000 Free 9:51.10 9:13.41 1,650 Free 16:47.20 15:15.99 100 Back 54.20 47.95 200 Back 1:58.00 1:45.10 100 Breast 1:01.40 53.75 200 Breast 2:13.60 1:57.06 50.99 47.03 100 Fly 200 Fly 1:52.00 1:44.74 200 IM 1:57.80 1:44.81 400 IM 4:13.90 3:50.94 200 Medley Relay 1:41.44 1:28.73 400 Medley Relay 3:32.90 3:12.67 200 Free Relay 1:29.70 1:18.79 400 Free Relay 3:08.77 2:54.08 800 Free Relay 6:57.10 6:24.11 1-meter Dive (6) 277.55 387.97 3-meter Dive (6) 302.65 405.15 Already one of the most respected coaches in the nation, Tim Welsh has taken the Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving program to unprecedented levels and has it on the verge of becoming a national force. Under his guidance, the Fighting Irish captured the program’s first BIG EAST title in 2005 and repeated the feat in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2012. Notre Dame has sent competitors to the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in five of the past eight seasons, with Frank Dyer earning the program’s first All-America honor in 2012. Welsh is not unaccustomed to success, as student-athletes and teams under his care have exceeded expectations and broken barriers throughout his 35-year career as a head coach. Welsh’s squads have experienced great team success over the years. In 1978 and 1979, he helped Johns Hopkins to backto-back Division III national championships, while being named National Coach of the Year on the latter occasion. In all, Welsh has coached 32 teams that have claimed conference championships and 21 that have won nine or more dual meets in a season. Since arriving at Notre Dame in 1985, Welsh has seen his teams post a 311-174 (.641) dual-meet record, while winning 21 league titles (Midwestern Collegiate - 15, BIG EAST - 5, North Star - 1) and taking second place on seven occasions (MCC - 2, BIG EAST - 5). His student-athletes also have been accomplished, earning 17 invitations to the NCAA Championships, gaining AllAmerica honors on five occasions and winning 35 BIG EAST events. With a victory over St. Bonaventure on Jan. 29, 2005, Welsh surpassed Dennis Stark’s mark of 167 career dual-meet victories at Notre Dame. Stark, the only other head coach in Fighting Irish swimming and diving history, was at the helm of the program from 1958 until Welsh took over in 1985. The most apparent reality of the Welsh era at Notre Dame Jacqueline and Tim Welsh 32 UNIVERSITY of NOTRE DAME® meet rankings for the first time ever as the Irish debuted at No. 21. In 2005-06, the Irish climbed to No. 18 in the rankings, which was a program-best mark until the 2007-08 squad earned a No. 17 ranking. The 2004-05 season also witnessed Notre Dame’s first NCAA Championships participant in the Welsh era, and just the second in the history of the program. Kegelman swam in the 100 fly, 200 fly and the 200 IM at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Minneapolis, Minn. The sophomore was also one of six Notre Dame swimmers to take home BIG EAST titles in 2004-05. For his team’s accomplishments, Welsh was named the BIG EAST Coach of the Year for the third time in six years. A key factor behind the success of the Fighting Irish program during the 2004-05 season was senior Frank Krakowski. He left Notre Dame holding five University records, along with being a six-time all-BIG EAST performer. Krakowski was also tabbed as a CSCAA All-Academic swimmer. The 2003-04 campaign provided a glimpse of the bright future of Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving. The Irish faced their toughest schedule in school history and responded by setting eight school records. Notre Dame posted 584 points at the BIG EAST Championship to finish as conference runner-up. Among the highlights of that meet was the first-ever Irish 1-2 finish in the meet, as Jamie Lutkus and David Moisan topped the field in the 400 individual medley. Notre Dame also posted runner-up finishes in the 1999 and 2000 BIG EAST Championships. The Irish delivered a schoolrecord time in 1999 to win the final event of the meet, the 400 free relay, to edge Syracuse by one point for second place. Welsh was named the BIG EAST Coach of the Year, capping a season in which the Irish broke 16 of 19 University records. Notre Dame reset eight varsity records in 1999-2000 in finishing second in the BIG EAST Championships once again. Other highlights of Welsh’s tenure as men’s coach at Notre Dame are 10 seasons with 10 or more dual-meet victories, including a 12-1 mark in 1989-90, the best record in school history. The Irish also were 11-1 in 1997-98 and set the school record for wins in a season in both 1987-88 and 1990-91 with identical 13-3 marks. Prior to joining the BIG EAST in 1995-96, Welsh’s Irish won six Midwestern Collegiate Conference championships in seven years (1986-92) and took six consecutive titles in the National Catholic Invitational (1989-94). The Irish women’s coach from 1985-86 through 1994-95, Welsh’s teams won MCC titles every year the Irish were in the conference, from 1987-95. His teams also claimed the Eastern Intercollegiate championship twice. The first title came in 1990 and the second in 1995, when the last women’s program Welsh coached finished with the best record in school history, 14-1. During his 10 years at the helm of the women’s program, Welsh sent 11 swimmers to the NCAA championships, including threetime All-American Tanya Williams. In that span, every Irish women’s University record was broken. Prior to coming to Notre Dame in 1985, Welsh spent eight years as the head men’s and women’s coach at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Md. The New York native led the men’s squad to a mark of 65-36, including two NCAA Division III national championships and eight Middle Atlantic Conference titles. The women’s team also was successful under Welsh, earning a Middle Atlantic Conference championship while achieving six seasons at .500 or better. Welsh graduated magna cum laude from Providence College in 1966. He went on to earn his master’s degree at the University of Virginia in 1967. Welsh became the men’s assistant coach at Syracuse in 1974 after leaving Winthrop College (S.C.), where he had taught English. During his four years at Syracuse, Welsh continued to teach English and designed and ran the training program before joining the Hopkins swimming program. Welsh continued a career of world travel, as he took his team to Ireland during the winter of the 2004-05 season. Previously, he traveled to Bogota, Colombia, in the spring of 1985 as a clinician and instructor for Sports America Program of the U.S. State Department and took his Irish squad to Portugal in the summer of 1991. Welsh and the 1996-97 Irish ventured to Brazil over Christmas break for a nationally televised meet featuring international Olympic swimmers. From 2008 to the present, the Irish have trekked to Puerto Rico for the program’s annual winter training session. Welsh was awarded the Richard E. Steadman Award by the College Swim Coaches Association in 1993. The