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Cono Breaks School Record In 200 IM On Day 2 Of Patriot League Meet

Feb. 18, 2016

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Sophomore Ben Cono broke the school record in the 200 IM Thursday to lead the Loyola University Maryland swimming and diving team through the second day of the Patriot League Championships at Navy's Lejeune Hall.

Cono broke Jacob Drannan's program record of 1:50.15 from 2009 during the preliminary round of the 200 IM, touching in 1:49.68. He then turned in a time of 1:51.80 in the finals to finish 16th overall.

North Woods started the evening session for the Greyhounds by finishing 14th in the finals of the 500 free with a time of 4:34.17.

In the 50 free, Loyola advanced a pair of Greyhounds to the finals, with Ruslan Kopunek finishing 10th overall in 20.71 and Madison Hardimon taking 15th with a time of 20.88.

Lindsey Staszewski won the B-final of the 1-meter diving competition, turning in a ninth-place score of 236.05. Maggie Garrrahan finished 11th in the event with a score of 223.05.

Loyola's 400 medley relay teams closed out the day's competition. The women's quartet of Liz McKenna, Tara Mulligan, Kaitlin Richter and Cara Egan finished eighth with a time of 3:51.86, while the men's team of Zeke Wolfgang, Cono, Rich Mueller and Hardimon touched fourth in 3:18.29.

Through 14 events, Loyola's men are in sixth place with 121.5 points and the women are seventh with 87 points.

Navy leads both the men's and women's team races, as the Midshipmen's women have collected 354.5 points and the men have earned 340.5 points. Boston University's women are second with 243.5 points, followed by Army West Point with 167 points. On the men's side, Army West Point is second with 208 points and Boston University is third with 197.5 points.

The Greyhounds will return to competition Friday morning for the third day of competition. The preliminary round is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by diving preliminaries at 1 p.m. and the finals at 6 p.m.