Jan. 29, 2011
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Loyola University Maryland swimming and diving teams split a Saturday tilt on the road against La Salle on Saturday in the Greyhounds' final competition before the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships. The men's side rallied to edge the Explorers, 154.5-145.5, while the women's team fell short, 197-100.
"Today was a great way for our senior men to finish their dual meet career," said Head Coach Brian Loeffler. "Midway through the meet we were down, but they rallied in the final few events to edge out a talented La Salle team."
"I am thrilled for our divers and Diving Coach Katryn Valladares," Loeffler added. "They had an outstanding meet today and should be a big factor at the MAAC championships."
The day featured a record-breaking display from diver Michael Brown, whose 275.03 result and second-place finish in men's three-meter diving set a new school record. The mark tops Terri Delprete's 26-year-old record from 1985.
Brown followed by posting a score of 245.93 in the one-meter diving event, the fourth-best in school history.
On the women's side, two Greyhounds gave Loyola women's diving a big day as well. Elle Mixa posted the second-best all-time score at Loyola in the one-meter event with a 253.35, just short of the school record and the NCAA qualifying score of 255. Mixa also recorded the fifth-best score all-time at Loyola, posting a 219.68 in the three-meter event.
Victoria Arturi set a Loyola mark of her own, as her score of 212.55 in the one-meter dive marked the fifth-best Loyola score in school history.
Brennan Morris kept up his stellar year on Saturday with three individual first place results. Morris took the 1,000 yard freestyle with a time of 9:20.39, nearly breaking the pool record of 9:19.21.
Morris bested teammate Patrick Mukri in the men's 200-yard backstroke, topping the fellow Greyhound by two seconds with a time of 1:53.41. Morris touched the wall before Mukri again in the men's 200-yard individual medley, finishing ahead with a time of 1:55.28 to Mukri's second-place time of 1:58.44.
The Loyola women showed off some impressive performances in the water, finishing well in several events.
Courtney Trivino enjoyed a successful day on Saturday. Trivino finished ahead of teammates Noelle Staib and Meghan McCotter in the women's 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:14.77. Trivino took second in the women's 100-yard backstroke as well, finishing just over a second behind La Salle's Jessica Simunek.
Mary Henkels turned in two second-place finishes against the Explorers. Her first came in the women's 100-yard backstroke, touching the wall behind Jess Carbin with a time of 1:00.37. Henkels took second in the women's 200-yard backstroke to Carbin as well, finishing in 2:11.98.
Samantha Berizzi took second in the day's third event, finishing with a time of 10:55.31 in the women's 1,000 yard freestyle.
Erin Shea also earned four points for the Greyhounds with a second-place finish in the women's 200-yard freestyle after a 2:00.44 time.
In addition to Morris's wins, five other Loyola men's swimmers took the top spot in races as well.
Scott Heil posted a time of 1:43.36 in the men's 200-yard freestyle to top La Salle's Brian Batson to give the Greyhounds nine points.
Loyola closed a late deficit with several wins late in the meet to vault the Greyhounds ahead.
Matthew Fralinger won the men's 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:08.44, taking the event by nearly two seconds.
Bryan Bedacht and Scott Heil followed up with a one-two punch in the men's 500-yard freestyle. Bedacht finished three-tenths of a second ahead of Heil to take the event and give Loyola crucial points on the scoreboard.
Ozzy Torres provided the Greyhounds with a victory in the men's 100-yard butterfly, knocking off La Salle's Charlie Zettel with a time of 51.21 seconds.
Loyola will next head to Buffalo, N.Y., for the MAAC Championships beginning on February 17.