Cronin and Morris Sweep MAAC Most Outstanding Swimmer Awards

Feb. 18, 2012


BUFFALO, N.Y. - After winning individual titles and setting MAAC meet records on the final day of the 2012 MAAC at the Burt Flickinger Athletic Center at Erie Community College, Loyola University Maryland junior Brennan Morris was named the MAAC Men’s Most Outstanding Swimmer for the third-straight year, while sophomore Caitlin Cronin earned the honor on the women’s side for the first time.

Morris won his third MAAC title at this year’s championships – and the 10th of his career – to remain undefeated in individual races this season with 27-straight victories. Morris claimed his third-straight conference crown in the 1650 free in a MAAC-meet-record time of 15:18.95. His time bettered his previous record of 15:19.39 from last year.

Throughout the three-day meet, the Lutherville, Md., native won the 400 IM (3:50.16), the 500 free (4:27.49) and the 1650 free. He was also a member of Loyola’s 200 medley relay that earned a runner-up finish (1:33.01), the 400 medley relay that took third (3:23.93), the 400 free relay that touched fourth (3:06.07) and the 800 free relay that was eighth (6:56.25).

On the women’s side, Cronin won the 100 free in a MAAC-meet-record time of 50.77 to claim her second conference crown of this year’s championship. The sophomore from Kingston, Mass., bettered Priscilla Modrov’s MAAC-record time of 50.88 from 2009 and shaved almost one-second off her already school-record time of 51.64.

Cronin also won the 50 free (23.62) and was second in the 200 free (1:50.53) throughout the meet – both times were new school records. In relay events, Cronin helped the Greyhounds to a runner-up finish in the 200 medley relay (1:45.69), a third-place finish in the 200 free relay (1:35.89) and a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 400 medley relay (3:52.77) and the 400 free relay (3:31.84).

Joining Morris as top finishers in the 1650 free was sophomore Bryan Bedacht, who took fourth in 16:07.52, and sophomore Ben Duva, who finished eighth in 16:15.09.

Loyola had three Greyhounds finish in the top-eight of the 200 fly, led by senior Courtney Trivino’s sixth-place finish in 2:09.12. Junior Abby Wiese touched eighth in 2:09.84, while junior Ryan Shovlin was seventh with a time of 1:54.45.

In a close finish in the 200 breast, sophomore Courtney Chenet touched fifth, completing the race in 2:26.26, while freshman Maya Olivieri was seventh in 2:26.63.

Senior Mary Henkels was seventh in the 200 back (2:07.38) and senior Patrick Mukri was eight on the men’s side in 1:55.40. In the 100 free, senior Lauren Mari was eighth with a time of 53.48.

In diving events, sophomore Ellie Mixa finished sixth with 186.60 points.

Loyola’s women finished third overall at the meet with a team score of 509, while Marist won the title with 813.5 points. Rider came in second with 657.5 points.

On the men’s side, the Greyhounds finished the three-day event in fourth with 485 points. Rider was first with 717 points, while Canisius barely edged Marist out of second place, 587.5-585.