Notre Dame dominates in win over St. Bonaventure
By SHEILA EGTS
The St. Bonaventure men's swimming and diving team loaded back onto its busses Saturday afternoon, heading home after its 26th loss to Notre Dame in the dual meet's 35-year history. The Irish controlled the meet from beginning to end with first place finishes in 10 out of 13 events.
The Irish squad has been focusing their efforts on making Big East qualifying times in these final meets and added sophomore Adam Cahill to the Big East roster on Saturday.
After swimming the 50 freestyle time trial in 21.42 seconds, Cahill hugged teammates and waved up to his mom who had traveled more than six hours from their home in Richmond, Ky. to support him. According to Cahill, the pure adrenaline rush from the team's encouragement helped him make the 21.47 time cut in the event.
"I could have swam through a brick wall at that point because the team was going crazy for me," said Cahill. "I'm really an emotional swimmer and do it all for the excitement. I know the Big East will be electric."
Cahill was the only Big East qualifier from the meet, but David Horak swam a season-best time of 1:51.81 in the 200 breaststroke and took a first place finish for the Irish.
Head coach Tim Welsh was pleased with David Moisan's first place finish in the 200 IM at 1:55.76, a time fairly consistent with his 11th-ranked Big East qualifying time of 1:54.26.
Andy Maggio set a pool and university record with 383.5 finish in the three-meter diving event. Maggio won the one- and three-meter diving events with season best scores in both events.
Matt Bertke, Matt Englehardt, Michael Flanagan, Matt Obringer and J.R. Teddy also contributed with first place finishes. Bertke finished at 9:43.39 in the 1000 freestyle, Englehardt posted a 2:13.44 in the 200 breaststroke, Flanagan came in at 4:49.62 in the 500 freestyle, Obringer took the 200 freestyle at 1:42.33 and J.R. Teddy topped the 200 butterfly at 1:53.71.
The men swim in their final meet before the Big East Championships against Cleveland St. on Saturday in the Rolfs Aquatic Center at 2 p.m.
All Sports Stories for Monday, February 4, 2002