Feb. 22, 2014
ANNAPOLIS - The Loyola University Maryland women’s swimming and diving team continued to knock off school records on the final day of the Patriot League Championships at Navy’s Lejeune Hall Saturday, bettering three individual marks and one relay record.
In the 200 back, sophomore Lizzie McKenna won the B final and finished ninth overall in a school-record time of 2:01.79 to replace Courtney Trivino’s time of 2:03.09 from 2009. Senior Noelle Staib also broke the 200 breast record, finishing 11th in 2:21.52. She topped Nori Skoda's school record of 2:46.28 from 2004 atop the leaderboard.
Senior Caitlin Cronin also bettered her own school record in the 100 free, finishing ninth in 51.37 to replace her time of 51.64 from 2011, while junior Erin Calderoni took 13th in the event, finishing in 51.72.
Cronin then concluded the meet for the women’s team by anchoring the 400 free relay team to a fifth-place finish in a school record time of 3:25.52. The team of junior Brianna Keelan, senior Erin Shea, junior Erin Calderoni and Cronin bettered Caitlin Cassidy, Emily Benton, Lauren Mari and Tori Kamauff’s time of 3:29.31 from 2009.
Throughout the meet, four individual women’s records fell and four relay marks.
On the men’s side of the 200 back, freshman Aidan O’Hara became the first male Greyhound to compete in the A final, finishing seventh in 1:50.18.
Loyola had a pair of finalists in each of the other individual events on the women’s side, with senior Sam Berizzi and freshman Courtney Kenyon advancing in the 1650 free, senior Noelle Staib and sophomore Cara Egan in the 200 breast and sophomore Kaitlin Richter and senior Erin Shea in the 200 fly.
Berizzo took 13th in the 1650 free in 17:25.59, while Kenyon finished 15th in 17:31.96. Staib was 11th in the 200 breast with a time of 2:21.52 and Egan took 16th in 2:24.96. In the 200 fly, Richter was 14th (2:09.38) and Shea was 16th in 2:11.12.
Senior Bryan Bedacht also advanced to the finals of the 200 fly, touching in 1:54.72, good for 15th place.
Navy won both the men’s and women’s Patriot League Championships (men – 945.5; women – 778), while Army finished second on the men’s side with 640.5 points and was followed by Boston University in third with 609 points. On the women’s side, Bucknell finished runner-up with 580 points and Boston University took third with 533.5 points.
The Greyhound women finished seventh with 243 points, while the men finished eighth with 151.5 points