Feb. 18, 2011
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Loyola University Maryland men's swimming and diving team won four individual events and a pair of relays on Friday evening, extending its lead to 180.5 points over second-place Rider after day two of three at the 2011 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships at the Burt Flickinger Center.
Morris' time was also an NCAA `B' Qualifying Standard, his second of the Championships after earning one Thursday in the 500-yard freestyle.
Patrick Mukri picked up his first conference title with a victory in the 100-yard backstroke. Mukri paced three Greyhounds that finished in the top four with a winning time of 50.79. Sam McQuaid took third in 51.06, and Jacob Drannan was fourth in 51.19.
Earlier in the evening, Ozzy Torres edged Drannan by 0.49 seconds to win the 100-yard butterfly for the second-straight year. His time of 49.43 bettered Drannan's 49.92, while Jeffrey Rowe touched the wall in 50.33 to take fourth.
The men lead the team race with 567 points, ahead of Rider (386.5) and Marist (370). Meanwhile, Loyola's women are sitting in third place with 346.5 points behind Marist (607) and Rider (393). Siena is fourth with 330 points.
Three Greyhounds women had fourth-place finished on Friday evening. Caitlin Cassidy claimed fourth in the 100-yard butterfly (58.23), while Courtney Chenet was fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.09) and Caitlin Cronin took the same place in the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.54).
In the morning, Cronin swam 1:52.88 in the 200 freestyle preliminaries, breaking her own school record.
Loyola's men opened the evening session with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay. McQuaid, Matt Fralinger, Torres and Rowe finished in 1:31.73 to claim top honors.
Bryan Bedacht then took third place in the 1,000-yard freestyle in 9:39.20, and he came back shortly thereafter to finish sixth in the 400 IM (4:10.66). Along with Morris, who broke his own MAAC record by nearly two seconds in the event, Bedacht was one of four Greyhounds in the top six. Mukri placed third (4:04.65), and Ryan Shovlin was fifth (4:09.26).
Heil set the conference 200 freestyle record twice on Friday. In the morning's preliminaries, he swam 1:38.79 to improve on the time of 1:39.09 set by Rider's Drew Modrov in 2009. He then took another 0.21 seconds off his record in the night's final. Ryan Leonard was seventh in the event in 1:44.76.
Fralinger and Colin Chenet placed second and third, respectively, in the 100-yard breaststroke with times of 55.73 and 55.99. Fralinger set a school record in the event with a time of 55.55 in the morning preliminaries.
The men's 800-yard freestyle relay team closed the session with a resounding victory. Heil, Morris, Mukri and Leonard raced to the finish in 6:46.09, beating Rider's entry by more than two seconds. Heil's leadoff 200 yards were clocked in 1:37.84, setting a school record in the 200 for the third time of the day.
His time is also an NCAA 'B' Qualifying Standard.
The Greyhounds, who are in search of their third-straight MAAC title, resume the meet on Saturday.