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Monday, March 4, 2024
The Observer

ND Swim and Dive fall to Louisville to kick off home slate

Irish Swim and Dive saw defeat in their first home matchup of the season against No. 10 Louisville — new Irish head coach Chris Lindauer’s former team — this past Friday.

The men fell 172-128, while the women were topped 191-109. Nevertheless, Notre Dame was still able to post nine individual victories, with three of them from diving.

Senior Jack Hoagland was the only Irish double event winner of the meet, capturing the first Irish win of the meet in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:04.86. Later in the meet, Hoagland also found the wall first in the 500 freestyle in a 4:23.31 to bring his individual victory count to five this season. Sophomore Madelyn Christman gained another victory in the 100 backstroke (54.40). Freshman Tommy Janton added another backstroke victory, capturing the men’s 200 in 1:45.33.

The Irish were victorious in both the men’s and women’s 200 butterfly. Senior Coleen Gillilan narrowly found the wall first in the 200 butterfly with a 1:59.12, winning by just .06 seconds. Fellow senior Cason Wilburn secured a win for the men in 1:47.37.

Graduate student and Louisville transfer Colton Paulson competed for the first time against his former school. Paulson was narrowly out-touched in the 100 freestyle (44.03) and also took second place in the 200 freestyle (1:36.94). Sophomore Chris Guiliano saw the podium a few times this meet. Guiliano had a close second-place finish in the 50 freestyle (19.98) as well as a third-place finish in the 100 freestyle (44.10). 

For the divers, graduate student Allie Klein placed first in the 3-meter for the women. Freshman Daniel Knapp also took the event for the men. Sophomore Calie Brady captured the 1-meter to add three individual wins under the belt of the dive team this meet.

Next up for the swimmers is the Ohio State Invitational. The divers, meanwhile, will split off to make the trip down to Austin for the Texas Diving Invitational. Both competitions take place Nov. 17 to Nov. 19, prior to Thanksgiving Break.

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