ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Loyola University Maryland’s men’s 200 medley relay team of Zeke Wolfgang, Ben Cono, Rich Mueller and Ruslan Kopunek broke the program’s all-time record in the event to lead the swimming and diving team on the first day of the 2015 Patriot League Championships at Navy’s Lejeune Hall Wednesday.
The quartet combined for a fourth-place finish and a time of 1:29.92 to replace Sam McQuaid, Matthew Fralinger, Ozzy Torres and E.J. Verrico’s time of 1:30.30 from 2009 at the top of the record boards.
Through the first five events, the men’s squad is in fourth place with 79 points, while the women are seventh with 50 points.
The women’s 200 medley relay team started the day with a sixth-place finish in the event, as the quartet of Marie Clarkson, Tara Mulligan, Kaitlin Richter and Gabrielle Clarkson combined for a time of 1:45.48, just missing the school record of 1:45.04 from 2009.
In 3-meter diving, Noel Theroux advanced to the A-final with a score of 242.05 through the preliminary round. He finished seventh overall with a score of 258.15 in the finals.
Ryan Conley won the B-final of 3-meter diving, posting a score of 294.40 after finishing with a score of 222.10 in the prelims, and Sam Baluzy finished 13th with a final score of 240.45. Baluzy recorded a score of 218.30 through the prelims.
Loyola’s 800 free relay teams closed out the day with a pair of seventh-place finishes. The women’s team of Maddie Myers, Aly Pacitti, Jenna Egan and Cara Egan touched in 7:42.15, while the men’s squad of Chris Cary, North Woods, Zeke Wolfgang and Madison Hardimon completed the race in 6:47.06.
Navy leads both the men’s and women’s team races, recording 80 points on the women’s side and 132 on the men’s side. Boston University and Army West Point’s women are tied for second in a close team race with 64 points, while Bucknell, Colgate and Lehigh are tied for fourth with 56 points, six more than the seventh-place Greyhounds.
On the men’s side, Boston University trails the Midshipmen, 132-100, while Bucknell is second at 81 points. Loyola and Army West Point are tied for fourth at 79 points.
The Greyhounds will return to action on Thursday with the preliminary round of swimming events beginning at 10:30 a.m. and diving taking place at 1 p.m. Thursday’s finals will begin at 6 p.m.