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This Week in Notre Dame Athletics: Elite 8 and a Swimming All-American

Another week and another busy schedule for Notre Dame athletes has gone by.

Women's basketball is in the middle of their quest for a national title, while swimming brought home another All-American, and both lacrosse teams are on fire.

More Irish sports coverage after the jump.

Women's Basketball: 33-3 overall, 15-1 Big East

Notre Dame hosted a talented California team in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament and came away with a 73-62 victory last Tuesday.

The Irish were matched up against fellow Catholic school St. Bonaventure for their third round game played in Raleigh, North Carolina. Notre Dame had little problems dispatching the Bonnies 79-35 after emptying the bench early in the second half.

Skylar Diggins & Co. will play the Maryland Terrapins tonight for a trip to the Final Four.

Swimming: 6-4 (Men's) & 6-6 (Women's)

The men's swimming team followed in the women's footsteps late last week by performing well in the NCAA Championships.

Frank Dyer finished 19th overall in the 500 free, but also set a school-record in the process, while Dyer also placed 4th in the 200 free earning himself All-American status and the first ever points in the NCAA Championship history for Notre Dame.

Bill Bass also finished 36th in the 200 individual medley and 30th in the 200 fly.

The 28th overall finish in the NCAA's wraps up a very successful season for the men's swimming team as they also won the Big East title about a month ago.

Fencing: 40-7 (Men's) & 34-9 (Women's)

Notre Dame led the NCAA championships after day one, but the Irish could not repeat as national champions, ultimately falling to third place behind Princeton and Ohio State.

Seeing as how a reader told us that the team was missing many stars from last year as they train for the upcoming summer Olympics, this has to be considered a wildly successful season---even without a title.

Tennis: 12-7 (Men's) & 13-5 (Women's)

Men's tennis is still off until this weekend when they host Ball State.

Since last checking in with the women's team, they dropped a match to Michigan 5-2, but rebounded with a 7-0 shutout of Marquette this past Sunday.

The Irish will host DePaul this weekend for a conference match.

Track and Field

The outdoor season began for Notre Dame over the weekend in Houston, Texas for the Victor Lopez Invitation held on the campus of Rice University.

The Irish brought home five titles as Andrew Hills and Vivien Devaney both won in the hammer throw, Kelly Curran won the 1,500 meter race, Jordan Carlson won the 3,000 meter SC, and Kevin Schipper took first in the pole vault. has the break down for the next meets for the Irish:

"The Irish return to the outdoor track this week with three separate meets. The teams will split up with some members going to the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, some going to the Eastern Illinois Invitational in Charleston, Ill., while a final group will go to the Purdue Poehlein Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind."

Golf: Men's & Women's

The men's golf team came back from Georgia with a 6th place finish in the Linger Longer Invitational.

The team finished 12 over par while Max Scodro finished tied for fourth among all golfers with a five-under score of 211 on the weekend.

The men's team has a couple weeks off now.

The women's golf team had the weekend off and will participate in the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic down in Athens, Georgia this weekend.

Baseball: 15-7

The Notre Dame baseball team has caught fire since we last checked in. The Irish took out Eastern Michigan and IPFW in single games before recently sweeping Pittsburgh in a 3-game series this weekend.

That's a 5-game winning streak for the baseball team as they travel for a road game at UIC in Chicago today and down to USF for three games this weekend.

Softball: 11-10

The softball team's 3-game series against Georgetown was postponed due to rain. No word yet if the games will be made up in the future.

The Irish will host Western Michigan today and Toledo for a 2-game set on Wednesday.

Lacrosse: 6-1 (Men's) & 7-0 (Women's)

Earlier last week Notre Dame's men's lacrosse team continued its winning streak and poise in close games with another 1-goal victory over Ohio State (ND's 4th straight 1-goal victory).

The Irish followed that up with a 12-9 win over Rutgers at home.

They have now won 5 games in a row and travel on the road for a game against St. John's this Sunday.

The women's lacrosse team is still undefeated after narrowly escaping Louisville at home 13-11.

They will play at Rutgers on Friday and at Loyola on Sunday.


Rowing has been active for a couple weeks now and just finished up their second set of races on the season. Last week the Irish won 10 victories total over two days at the Oak Ridge Invite.

Notre Dame followed that up with some more success this past weekend at Griggs Reservoir near Columbus, Ohio.

Welcome to rowing season everybody!