Jamaican Justin Plaschka opened his 2016-2017 season with a relay win as Notre Dame faced off against the University of Iowa and Michigan State of Friday Sep 30 in East Lansing Michigan.
The meet which was held in a long course (50 metre pool) saw his Fighting Irish A team win the 400 metre freestyle relay. The team of Tabahn Afrik (52.60), Daniel Speers (54.80), Plaschka (55.25) and Reed Fujan (52.94) won the event in 3:35.59. Michigan State A was 2nd in 3:38.12 and Iowa A 3rd in 3:38.25.
In the individual 100 metre freestyle he finished 4th in a time of 54.51. He also had a 4th place finish in the 400 metre medley relay. He split 58.11 on the butterfly leg as his B team finished in a total time of 4:02.74.
Notre Dame defeated Michigan State 159 to 62 and also turned back Iowa 151 to 72.
Plaschka who holds the national records in the 50 (24.46) and 100 metre butterfly (54.71) events has been selected to represent Jamaica at the World Short Course Swimming Championships in Windsor Canada from Dec 6-11.
Justin had the following thoughts about his season opener and his up senior level debut
“I’m just very excited to start up another season. Training the past few weeks before the meet has been extremely difficult so it was good to just go out and race. Training has been going very well so I am excited to see how the rest of the year goes. I am also very excited to be able to go to the Short Course World Championships. I’ve always felt I am better in a shorter pool and it will be exciting to compete for the first time in a 25 meter pool.”