ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Loyola University Maryland swimming and diving sophomore Ben Cono became the first Greyhound to win a Patriot League Championship Friday night at Navy's Lejeune Hall, capturing the 100 breaststroke in a school-record time of 52.92.
Cono, undefeated in the event this season, also tied the meet record set by Navy's Sean Murphy in 2014 and turned in an NCAA B standard time.
“It’s quite an honor to be the first person to win a title at Loyola,” Cono said. “I had to think about it for a couple of seconds afterwards to make sure I had the No. 1 next to my name, but to finally get to 52 seconds was a relief.
“There was a lot of hard work put into this season. Johnny Callahan and I got up so many early mornings for extra practices, which was rough, but we knew we had to push through it. I have an incredible coach and this is what I trained for. I knew I had what I needed to take the win.”
In addition to Cono, Maddie Myers erased a school record tonight, starting the evening session with a 14th-place finish in the 400 IM. Myers touched in 4:27.12 to better Courtney Trivino's mark of 4:27.33 from 2010.
In the 200 free, Madison Hardimon took 14th in 1:41.07, while five Greyhounds competed in the 100 breast finals.
John Callaghan joined Cono on the men's side, finishing 11th in 56.59.
Noel Theroux led the divers with a seventh-place finish on the 1-meter boards, finishing with a score of 250.40. Ryan Conley won the B final and finished ninth overall with a score of 266.30, while Sam Baluzy finished 13th (187.15).
Loyola's 200 free relay teams concluded competition for the day with the women's squad of Tara Mulligan, Liz McKenna, Gabrielle Clarkson and Egan finishing eighth in 1:37.81. The men's quartet of Ruslan Kopunek, Rich Mueller, Sperandio and Hardimon finished fourth with a time of 1:22.15.
Following the third day of competition, Loyola’s men’s team is in fifth place with 221.5 points, while the women’s squad is in seventh with 135 points.
The Greyhounds will return to action on Saturday for the final day of competition. The preliminary round is set to begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by the finals at 6 p.m.