PLASCHKA’S NOTRE DAME 400 YARD FREESTYLE RELAY TEAM SETS SCHOOL RECORD AND AUTOMATICALLY QUALIFIES FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

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Justin Plaschka
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Justin Plaschka Diving off the blocks
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Notre Dame’s record breaking 400 yard freestyle relay team at the back from left to right Daniel Speers and Tabahn Afrik In front Justin Plaschka and Reed Fujan

 

The 2016 ACC Championships came to a close on Saturday February 27 .The final day saw Jamaican Justin Plaschka making yet another Championship final in an individual event. This time it was in the 100 yard freestyle.

Prior to these Championships Justin had a best time of 44.13 .He crushed that mark in the morning heats when he clocked 43.14.His split time was 20.65. In the final he would post a time of 43.39 for 7th overall. Both performances would be under the NCAA Division 1 B standard of 44.29. It was also a major improvement on his 19th place showing in 2015 when he posted a then personal best of 44.18.

His final event of the conference Championships swam him winning Silver as a member of Notre Dame’s 400 yard freestyle relay. He recorded another personal best as he started the relay with a time of 43.05.Teammates Daniel Speers 42.59, Tabahn Afrik 43.09 and anchorman Reed Fujan 43.45 also put in sterling efforts to push the team to a time of 2:52.18.That performance was under the automatic qualifying mark of 2:52.82. It also bettered the 2009 school record of 2:54.08 by the team of John Lytle, Danny Lutkus, Joshua Nosal and Andrew Hoffman.

 

Suriname’s Rafael Van Leeuwaarde lowered his personal best in the 200 yard breaststroke to 2:02.18 to finish 28th overall. His Florida State teammate Aruban Jemal LeGrand was 51st in the 100 yard freestyle in a time of 45.71.

 

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