Greyhounds Break School 800 Free Relay Record At Patriot League Champs

Feb. 19, 2014

Final Stats

ANNAPOLIS - On the first day of the Patriot League Swimming and Diving Championships at Navy’s Lejeune Hall, the quartet of junior Brianna Keelan, senior Erin Shea, junior Erin Calderoni and senior Caitlin Cronin broke the Loyola University Maryland’s all-time school record in the 800 free relay.

The Greyhounds combined for a sixth-place finish in a time of 7:27.39 to smash Melissa Birkenmier, Megan Shovlin, Emily Benton and Tori Kamauff’s program record of 7:42.00 from 2009.

In addition, senior Elle Mixa became the first Greyhound to advance to the finals of an individual event at the Patriot League Championships, finishing sixth in 3-meter diving with a score of 224.10. Senior Victoria Arturi also scored on the 3-meter boards, finishing 16th with a score of 205.35.

The Greyhounds opened competition with a sixth and eighth place finish in the women’s and men’s 200 medley relay, respectively. The women’s squad of sophomore Lizzie McKenna, freshman Tara Mulligan, sophomore Kaitlin Richter and junior Brianna Keelan finished in 1:45.85 and the men’s team of freshman Aidan O’Hara, classmate Dale Maholage, senior Julien Brice and junior Ruslan Kopunek touched in a time of 1:33.13.

Loyola’s men’s 800 free relay team of O’Hara, senior Bryan Bedacht, senior Ben Duva and junior Robert Walker concluded the day’s events by combining for a ninth-place finish in 6:59.44.

As a team, the Greyhound women sit in fifth place after three scored events with 66 points. Navy leads all teams with 108 points with Boston University close behind with 104 points. Bucknell and Army are tied for third with 88 points. On the men’s side, Loyola is currently in ninth place after two scored events with 40 points. Navy leads the way with 80 points, while Army and Boston University are tied for second with 66 points.

Loyola will return to Lejeune Hall on Thursday for the second day of competition. Preliminary events are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m., with finals starting at 6 p.m.