Loyola Men Still In The Lead After Day Two Of The MAAC Championships

Feb. 13, 2009

Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's swimming and diving team finished Day Two of the 2009 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships with a huge lead over all schools and a total of 591.50 points. The Greyhound men came away with four first place finishes including the victory in the 800 Freestyle Relay. The relay team of Jacob Drannan, Ozzy Torres, Patrick Mukri and Brad Reeser finished at 6:45.87, more than two seconds faster than the previous record set by a Michael Phelps relay team in 2003.

"I know the 800 Relay took pride in breaking the pool record that Michael Phelps helped set," Head Coach Brian Loeffler said. "These guys can tell their kids one day that they broke a record set by one of the greatest swimmers in the world."

The men's team also won the 200 Medley Relay with McQuaid, Matthew Fralinger, Torres and E.J. Verrico. The relay squad set a new MAAC record with a 1:30.03 time.

Drannan had a big day individually in the pool, starting with his first place finish in the 400 Individual Medley. He finished at 3:57.79 to set a new MAAC record in the event. Drannan also took a third place finish in the 200 Free with a 1:40.16.

Torres had an individual victory in the 100 Fly, finishing with a 48.64 to set a new conference record. Tim Rowe also competed in the event and finished in third place at 50.43.

The Loyola women's team continued to succeed in the pool, coming away with two victories and a total Day Two score of 473 for third place. Rider University is currently in the top spot with 513.50 points followed by Marist College in second with 486 points.

"We knew it would come down to a three team race and the score is proving that," Loeffler said. "Any of the three could win tomorrow, but I feel confident that we will step up to the challenge."

The 200 Medley Relay team kicked things off with a first place finish and a time of 1:45.04, a new MAAC record. The foursome included Mary Henkels, Kim Krzaczek, Caitlin Cassidy and Lauren Mari.

Carissa McStay and Courtney Trivino took the second and third place finishes in the 400 IM, clocking in at 4:32.50 and 4:33.24 respectively. Megan Shovlin took the number two spot in the 1,000 Freestyle event, finishing at 10.18.09.

Krzaczek came away with an individual victory with 1.05.21 in the 100 Breaststroke. The defending champion in the event bested her own time for the first place finish.

"The women's team set a lot of records today and that is a wonderful accomplishment," Loeffler said.

Saturday's competition begins with the 1650 Free preliminaries at 10 a.m. Finals begin at 6 p.m. Follow all results of the final day of competition with Loyola's Live Results.