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Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024
The Observer

Irish sweep Purdue at home with 21 first-place finishes

Notre Dame swept Purdue in the first home meet of the season Friday. The women racked up 12 first-place finishes to cruise past the Boilermakers 190-110. Meanwhile, the men’s side claimed nine first-place finishes and won 168-132.

The No. 13 Irish women opened the meet with victories in four-straight events. Sophomores Carly Quast and Cailey Grunhard, senior Meaghan O’Donnell and junior Abbie Dolan claimed the 200-yard medley relay, eclipsing Purdue’s team by nearly a full second. Sophomore Lindsay Stone took home the 1,000-yard freestyle, defeating the nearest competitor by nearly seven seconds. Dolan earned her second victory of the day in the 200-yard freestyle, and freshman Bayley Stewart claimed the top of the podium in the 100-yard backstroke.

Notre Dame also earned victories in the 200-yard butterfly, 3-meter diving, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 500-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly, 1-meter diving and 400-yard freestyle relay.

Dolan led the way for the Irish women with four victories on the day. In addition to her wins in the 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard freestyle, Dolan contributed victories in the 400-meter freestyle relay and 100-yard freestyle.

In addition to the 1,000-yard freestyle, Stone continued her excellence in long-distance races with a win in the 500-yard freestyle.

The No. 18 Irish men got off to a sluggish start, dropping the first two events to the No. 25 Boilermakers. Sophomore Zach Yeadon continued his excellent season and claimed the 200-yard freestyle to give the Irish their first win of the day. Fellow Irish swimmers freshman Marton Barta, junior Aaron Schultz and freshman Andrew Winton rounded out the top four finishers in the event.

Yeadon and senior Tabahn Afrik led the Irish with two individual victories. In addition to the 200-yard freestyle, Yeadon won the 500-yard freestyle by over four seconds. Afrik claimed individual victories in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle. Both Yeadon and Afrik were members of the first-place 400-yard freestyle relay team that paced the field at 2:59.02.

The Irish men’s side also claimed victories in the 200-yard butterfly, 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley.

The Irish program combined to outpace the Boilermakers 358-242. Notre Dame will stay home this weekend and host the University of Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech in a dual meet. The meet begins this Friday and runs through Saturday at Rolfs Aquatic Center. Following this home meet, the Irish will take the road for four meets before returning to host the Shamrock Invitational at the end of January.