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Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024
The Observer

Irish compete at the Tim Welsh Classic; Gillilan and Bottelberghe emerge quadruple event-winners 

The Notre Dame swimming and diving team hosted their first meet of the spring semester this past weekend after not competing for over two months. The women’s team finished first out of three teams by over 300 points at the two-day Tim Welsh Classic, with the men finishing second out of two teams. 

On day one, junior Coleen Gillilan was the first to capture an Irish win for the weekend with a time of 1:57.67 in the 200 individual medley. Sophomore Tyler Christianson went on to win the event for the men in a 1:46.71. Also on the men’s side, freshman Chris Guiliano won the 50 freestyle with a 19.72. To cap off day one, the quartet of junior Charles Korndorffer, senior captain Josh Bottelberghe, junior Cason Wilburn and Guiliano captured the win in the 400 Medley Relay with a time of 3:09.00. 

Korndorffer, Bottelberghe, Wilburn and Guiliano were back to kick off day two of the competition. This time, they won the 200 medley relay in 1:25.02, a time just shy of the men’s record time of 1:24.88. Irish seniors captured wins in both the women’s and men’s 400 IM. Luciana Thomas claimed victory for the women in 4:17.46, and Max Miranda won it for the men in 3:50.26. 

Gillilan kept the winning streak going with a 51.76 100 butterfly. Junior Thatcher Scannell followed with a 1:37.85 victory in the 200 freestyle. Bottelberghe claimed double victory in both the 100 breaststroke (52.97), and 200 breaststroke (1:55.63), both events that he boasts the school record in. 

The Irish swept the women’s 1650 freestyle in a close race, earning the first three spots thanks to the victory from freshman Maggie Graves (16:35.13), second-place from freshman Sophia Karras (16:37.54) and third-place finish from senior Sammie Eyolfson (16:37.59). To round out the meet, sophomore Kallie Chelsvig, sophomore Sydney Whiting, Gillilan and freshman Madelyn Christman won the Women’s 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:17.38. 

For the dive team, graduate student Kelly Straub (375.45) and freshman Callie Brady (318.50) went one-two in the three meter event. Brady captured second in the one meter (303.60), with Straub in third (299.90). Senior David Petrison was the highest Irish scorer on the men’s side. 

The Irish are set to compete on January 28th and 29th at home at Rolfs against West Virginia. This will be the second-to-last meet before the swimming and diving team moves into their championship season.