Feb. 15, 2013
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Seniors Brennan Morris and Jeffrey Rowe claimed individual conference titles Friday night to lead the Loyola University Maryland swimming and diving team on the first day of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships in the Burt Flickinger Center at Erie Community College.
Morris, a three-time MAAC Swimmer of the Year, won his fourth-straight MAAC title in the 500-yard freestyle, and the 13th conference title of his career, touching in a time of 4:30.28. Rowe was also a repeat champion, winning his second-straight 50 free title by shaving seven one-hundredths of a second off of his time from last year (20.59), touching in 20.52.
In other individual events, sophomore Erin Calderoni led the women with a sixth-place finish in the 500 free. Calderoni touched in 5:03.92.
Junior Elle Mixa led the divers with a fourth-place finish in the 1-meter diving competition, finishing with a score of 207.66, while junior Michael Brown finished eighth in 3-meter diving (215.55).
In relay events, the Greyhound women combined for dual fifth-place finishes in the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 medley relay. The quartet of Calderoni, freshman Jenny Riley, freshman Megan Brady and sophomore Brianna Keelan combined for a time of 1:38.19 in the 200 free relay, while the group of freshman Lizzie McKenna, freshman Cara Egan, freshman Kait Richter and Calderoni completed the 400 medley relay in 3:57.33.
On the men’s side, the Greyhounds’ team of graduate student Ryan Shea, junior Zachary Eller, freshman Timmy Barry and Rowe finished fifth in the 200 free relay in 1:24.68. The team of Barry, Rowe, Morris and Shea also combined for a sixth-place finish in the 400-medley relay.
As a team, the Greyhounds sit fifth in both the men’s and women’s competition. On the men’s side, Marist leads the way with 191 points, while Rider is second at 174, Canisius is third at 151.5, Saint Peter’s is fourth at 130 and Loyola is fifth at 125. Marist also leads the women’s team competition with 269 points. Rider is second with 170 points, Canisius is third at 135, Iona is fourth at 103 and Loyola is fifth at 100.
Loyola will continue competition at the three-day championship tomorrow. Day two events will begin with the preliminary round at 10 a.m., and the finals set to begin at 6 p.m. You can watch live at MAAC.TV or follow live results here.