Feb. 16, 2008
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's and women's swimming and diving teams placed third in an extremely close and exciting final day of competition from the Mangione Aquatic Center. The men held a brief lead before being edged out by Marist and Rider, while on the women's side, the same three teams took first, second and third with Loyola posting 710 points.
The Loyola men posted big points in both the 200 Breast and 200 Fly, where they placed first and third. In the 200 Breast, it was freshman Matthew Fralinger who took gold in a time of 2:05.04, while Colin Chenet placed third in 2:06.59.
Despite a rally from Marist and Rider on the boards, Loyola would cap off the night and the championships with another relay title. Sam McQuaid, E.J. Verrico, Brad Reeser and Jacob Drannan swam a time of 3:06.57 to win the 400 Free Relay.
The Loyola women finished second in the 400 Free Relay as Caitlin Cassidy, Megan Royer, Emily Benton and Tori Kamauff swam a time of 3:33.33. The women, who finished less than four points out of second place, also had an individual title and few Top-3 finishes to highlight Day Three.
Freshman Kim Krzaczek claimed her second MAAC title of the championships with a first-place finish in the 200 Breast. Krzaczek swam a 2:26.81 en route to victory, as freshman teammate Kali Solack took third in 2:28.54.
Megan Shovlin also took third in the 1650 (17:39.09), while Kamauff (200 Back) and Royer (100 Free) each picked up 15 team points with fourth-place showings in their respective events.
Loyola Head Coach Brian Loeffler was named both the men's and women's MAAC Coach of the Year. Marist's Melanie Bolstad was voted the MAAC Diving Coach of the Year.
Men Final Team Standings 1. Marist College - 787.52. Rider University - 772.53. Loyola College - 748.54. Niagara University - 3555. Iona College - 286.56. Saint Peter's College - 2827. Fairfield University - 2268. Canisius College - 156
Women Final Team Standings 1. Marist College - 7712. Rider University - 714.53. Loyola College - 7104. Iona College - 3605. Niagara University - 3106. Siena College - 299.57. Fairfield University - 2678. Canisius College - 1439. Saint Peter's College - 10910. Manhattan College - 108