Jan. 31, 2014
BALTIMORE - In the final home meet of his career, Loyola University Maryland senior Michael Brown broke the Mangione Pool record and qualified for the NCAA Zone Championships in the 1-meter diving event Friday night.
Brown and classmate Elle Mixa continued their dominance on the boards, as the duo both swept the 1-meter and 3-meter competitions against NJIT and Mount St. Mary’s, respectively. Ten other Greyhounds and two of Loyola’s relay teams were also victorious throughout the two dual meets.
Brown narrowly missed breaking Terry DelPrete’s 28-year-old school record of 338.90 from 1985, recording a score of 335.85 on the 1-meter boards. That mark bettered Rider’s Paul Apostolakis’ pool record of 334.45 from 2010 and made him the first male diver in Loyola’s Division I history to advance to an NCAA event. He’s also Loyola’s first male diver to qualify for a national championship event since James Tynan competed in fourth-straight at the Division II level from 1972-75.
The 1-meter title marked the seventh time this season Brown has won the event, while he also claimed his fourth 3-meter diving title (246.83) to sweep the events for a fourth time this year.
Mixa also swept the boards for the sixth time this season, winning her seventh 1-meter title (241.49) and her eighth 3-meter title (229.95) in nine tries.
In the pool, freshman Aidan O’Hara led the way with three victories, touching first in the 100 back (54.64), 200 back (1:59.00) and 400 IM (4:20.08). Senior Bryan Bedacht also won multiple titles, claiming the 100 and 200 fly events. He completed the 100 fly in 53.50 and touched first in the 200 fly with a time of 1:59.26.
In the freestyle races, senior Caitlin Cronin won the 100 free in 52.90 and junior Erin Calderoni claimed the 200 free title in 1:57.94. Loyola also won the 100 and 200 backstrokes, with sophomore Kelsey Dramis touching first in the 100 back (1:01.38) and sophomore Elizabeth McKenna winning the 200 back in 2:12.40.
In relay events, the Greyhounds swept the 200 medley with the quartet of McKenna, sophomore Cara Egan, Shea and Cronin combining for a winning time of 1:51.00. On the men’s side, O’Hara, freshman Dale Maholage, Kopunek and sophomore Nigel Hunter teamed for a first-place finish in 1:38.99.
The Greyhounds will conclude their regular season competition tomorrow at the Navy Invitational. Events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.