Jan. 31, 2009
New Rochelle, N.Y. - The Loyola men's and women's swimming and diving teams earned Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference wins over Fairfield and Iona on the road to close out the regular season. The Greyhound men defeated Fairfield, 170-123, and Iona, 185-94; while the women earned a 165-135 victory over Fairfield and a 167-127 win over Iona on Saturday.
This win helped mark the first undefeated season in conference action for the men's team and as for the women, their only loss came at the meet versus Rider.
"Today was a great way to end the season with two more confernce wins for the men and women," Head Coach Brian Loeffler said.
The women took the lead from a Victoria Kamauff's first place finish in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:47.41. The senior had the lead from the beginning of the race and led Iona's Christine Larkin by 30 seconds coming into the final turn. Kamauff also had first place finish in the 200 back.
Sophomore Caitlin Cassidy left the pool with three first place finishes. She swam a 25.23 in the 50 free and a 59.99 in the 100 fly. Cassidy also swam a quick 15.58 in the last arm of the 200-yard freestyle relay to push the team to a first place finish. Freshmen Meghan Barry, Emily Benton and senior Sarah Birkenmeier completed the foursome in the last event.
The relay team also came away with several individual top finishes. Reeser won the 100 back (56.54) and the 200 back (2:03.70), McQuaid took first in the 100 free (48.62), second place in the 50 free (22.12) and second in the 500 free (5:05.26). Verrico finished first in the 100-yard butterfly (54.10).
Loyola returns to competition on Thursday February 12 for day one of the 2009 MAAC Swimming and Diving Championships. After the success from regular season action, the Greyhounds expect big things at the conference championships.
"Our attention now turns toward MAAC's and the drive to win a championship," Loeffler said. "This year's meet will be very exciting, with so many teams swimming and diving so well."
The Greyhounds host the three-day championship meet at the Mangione Aquatic Center for the ninth season.