Jan. 26, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's and women's swimming and diving teams split their Saturday afternoon bout at Towson with the men earning a 182-115 victory and the women falling by a 186-105 score.
"Towson is always a tough meet for our men and women," said Head Coach Brian Loeffler. "In recent years we have not had much success against them. I was very happy for the men to pull our a victory today."
The men earned a number of first-place finishes to propel them to victory, including two individual efforts from freshman Matthew Fralinger, who won both the 100- and 200 breaststroke events. Fralinger swam a 58.47 in the 100 Breast and 2:08.71 in the 200 Breast en route to victory.
Other winners included sophomore Brad Reeser, who the 200 Free in 1:43.40. He was followed by freshman Jonathan Wertz, who took second in the event in 1:47.13. Wertz then won the 500 Free in 4:45.65. Sophomore Zachary Oster, who placed second in the 500 Free, won the 1,000 Free in 10:01.78.
In similar fashion to Wertz and Oster, freshman Ozzy Torres posted first and second place finishes in his events. Torres won the 200 Fly in 1:55 after taking second in the 100 Fly event.
Other individual winners for the men included freshman Sam McQuaid in the 100 Back (53.51) and freshman Jacob Drannan (1:59.90) in the 200 IM. The Loyola men also captured the 400 Free Relay and 200 Medley Relay events.
Cassidy also won the 50 Free, tapping in at 25.19 for the `Hounds, while on the boards, the women took both the 1- and 3-meter events. Sophomore Alexandra Coletta won the 1-meter event, while freshman Jaclyn Parker took first on the 3-meter board.
"While the women were still defeated, I saw a lot of great things today," added Coach Loeffler. "We are in good position going into our final dual meet and Conference Championships."
Adding to highlights for Loyola on Saturday was the performance of freshman Phil Scholz, who broke his own American record at the S11 category in the 100 Free. Scholz posted a time of 59.36 in the event.
The Greyhounds return home next Saturday to host Iona and Fairfield in the final regular season meet of the season. Loyola will also host the MAAC Championships from February 14-16.