The University of Notre Dame’s Jamaican sophomore Justin Plaschka continued to improve his form leading up the World Short Course Swimming championships in Windsor in December. Competing in a 2 day meet (Friday Oct 21 to Oct 22) against Georgia Tech at the Herb McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta saw Justin registering big time drops.
In the 100 yard butterfly dropped from 51.00 to win the race in 48.37 (split time 22.40). It also bettered the NCAA B standard time of 48.49
The Fighting Irish A team of Plaschka 20.63, Daniel Speers 19.87, Tabahn Afrik 20.11 and Reed Fujan 20.51 posted a winning time of 1:21.12 in the 200 yard freestyle relay. That beat the season best of 1:22.84 and puts the team as 5th fastest in Division I. Justin also set a season best with his opening leg time which also doubled as the fastest opening split of the relay.
The A team would again be on top of the podium in the 400 yard freestyle relay. The splits for that event were Afrik 44.49, Speers 44.41, Fujan 44.94 and Plaschka 44.58. The total time was 2:58.49 which put them well clear of Georgia Tech A who touched in 3:01.89. It also ranks the team as the 8th fastest in Division I.
Plaschka’s season best of 20.63 would not last long as he clocked 20.51 for 2nd in the individual event. He would be on the podium again in the 100 yard freestyle when he hit the pads in 44.83 for 2nd place. In the 400 yard medley relay Justin swimming the butterfly leg for the B team clocked 48.61 to help them to 3rd in 3:20.55.
The Fighting Irish beat the Yellow Jackets 181-172.
Justin had the following thoughts about his performance
“I was happy with my times as they’ve been some of my best in season times in my college career. And I was happy that I was able to go these times and compete even though we are in the middle of intense training. It makes me excited for the rest of the year and makes me look forward to racing at Short Course Worlds”.