ND Swimming...Touching That Wall First

A perennial contender in the pool in the competitive Southern Connecticut Conference, the ND swim program has had its share of success on the state level dating back to the early years of the program. A five-time state champion (1966, 1967, 2002, 2003, 2004), the current swim program remains a competitive program statewide. In the last six years, the swim team has finished 3rd in the SCC four times. Success did not end there as the 2016-17 team finished second at the CIAC Class M Meet for the second time in three years. This comes on the heels of a runner-up showing in 2014-15 and third-place finish in 2015-16. They have qualified for the CIAC State Open Meet eight of the previous 10 years. Notre Dame competes in the ultra-competitive Southern Connecticut Conference, a league comprised of 23 schools in the greater-New Haven area that has won over 400 state championships since the league’s inception in 1994.

2016-17 - 4th place SCC; 2nd place CIAC Class M, CIAC State Open qualifier
2015-16 - 3rd place SCC; 3rd place CIAC Class M; CIAC State Open qualifier
2014-15 - 3rd place SCC; 2nd place CIAC Class M;  CIAC State Open qualifier
2013-14 - 3rd place SCC; 7th place CIAC Class M;  CIAC State Open qualifier
2012-13 - 6th place SCC; 13th place CIAC Class M;
2011-12 - 3rd place SCC; 6th place CIAC Class M;  CIAC State Open qualifier
2010-11 - 5th place SCC; 11th place CIAC Class M;  CIAC State Open qualifier
2009-10 - 6th place SCC; 14th place CIAC Class M;  CIAC State Open qualifier
2008-09 - 2nd place SCC; 2nd place CIAC Class M;  CIAC State Open qualifier
2007-08 - 7th place SCC; 12th place CIAC Class L;
2006-07 - 5th place SCC; 9th place CIAC Class L;  CIAC State Open qualifier

Head Coach Paul Katz (Second Year; 8-2; 2017 CIAC Class M Runner-Up)

Paul Katz just finished his first full year at the helm of the ND swim program, guiding the team to a runner-up finish at the CIAC Class M Meet, and 4th-place showing at the SCC Meet. They ended their season with a 10th place result at the CIAC State Open Meet. Under the direction of Katz, the Green Knights went 8-2 in the dual-meet season with impressive wins over Xavier, Branford, Hamden, and Amity.
Katz took over on an interim basis in the 2015-16 season helping lead ND to third place finishes in both the SCC and Class M Championship Meets. Katz, who received a Master’s Degree from Cal-Berkeley in Civil Engineering and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, comes to Notre Dame with a great swim pedigree both as a coach and participant. Most recently, he helped guide Lauralton Hall to the 2014 and 2015 Class M titles as Associate Head Coach, helping to produce 11 all-state swimmers over a three-year period.

Following a successful swimming career, Katz coached at the collegiate level, at nearby Yale University from 1976-1978 and then as head men’s and women’s swimming and diving coach at LaSalle University from 1978-1982. He helped produce six NCAA Division 1 qualifiers between 1977 and 1982 and coached LaSalle to three consecutive Division 1 Men’s East Coast Conference Championship titles and to the runner-up title to Harvard University in the 1982 Eastern Intercollegiate Seaboard Championships. A high school all-American from Seward Park HS in New York City, he went on to attend and swim for Yale, where he earned Division I All-American honors in individual and relay events. While a student-athlete, Katz set (and held for 8 years) the Yale record in the 200-yard butterfly, swam the butterfly leg of Yale’s 400 medley relay team that captured the US National Championship, and played a key role helping the Bulldogs win two Eastern Intercollegiate Seaboard Championships.

2016-2017 Swim and Dive Schedule and Results

Date Opponent Location Time Result
12/19/2016 Sheehan Sheehan HS 4:00 PM W, 106-75
12/27/2016 Hamden Hamden HS 4:00 PM W, 102-82
1/3/2017 Lyman Hall Sheehan HS 4:00 PM PPD
1/6/2017 Foran Albertus Magnus 4:00 PM W, 93-65
1/10/2017 Xavier Albertus Magnus 4:00 PM W, 106-72
1/13/2017 Branford/Guilford Albertus Magnus 4:00 PM W, 84-67
1/17/2017 Cheshire Cheshire Pool 7:00 PM L, 105-78
1/24/2017 Hand Albertus Magnus 4:00 PM W, 100-86
2/1/2017 Amity Orange Community Center 7:20 PM W, 97-86
2/10/2017 Fairfield Prep Fairfield University 4:00 PM L, 96-84
2/21/2017 Shelton Albertus Magnus 6:00 PM W, 106-73
2/28/2017 SCC Diving Sheehan HS 5:00 PM
3/1/2017 SCC Swimming SCSU 6:00 PM Fourth Place
3/8/2017 CIAC Class M Diving Bulkeley HS 5:30 PM
3/11/2017 CIAC Class M Swimming Trials Masuk HS 3:30 PM
3/15/2017 CIAC Class M Swimming Finals Wesleyan University 6:00 PM
3/18/2017 CIAC State Open Yale University 2:30 PM

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