Oct. 6, 2012
BALTIMORE - Senior Brennan Morris led the Loyola University Maryland swimming and diving team in its season opener against George Mason and Navy at Mangione Pool at the Fitness and Aquatic Center Saturday. Morris picked up where he left off in the 500-yard freestyle, winning his 12th-straight race in the event, a streak that stretches back to November of 2010 – his sophomore season.
Morris, the three-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Male Swimmer of the Year, touched first with a time of 4:46.76 – almost three seconds faster than the runner up. He also finished third in the 200 IM with a time of 1:58.56 and fourth in the 100 freestyle in 9:46.71.
Junior Caitlin Cronin and freshman Kait Richter also earned a pair of top-three finishes in the pool today. Cronin touched second in the 200 freestyle in 1:55.81 and third in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.96, while Richter was runner-up in the 100 butterfly (1:01.36) and third in the 200 butterfly (2:16.00).
In the 50 freestyle, senior Jeffrey Rowe claimed third place with a time of 21.62, while three other Greyhounds also had third-place finishes throughout the meet. Juniors Courtney Chenet and Erin Shea were third in the 200 IM and 500 freestyle, respectively, while freshman Timmy Barry was third in the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.92. Chenet touched in 2:20.12 in the 200 IM, while Shea led a slew of Greyhounds in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:23.06.
Barry also touched fifth in the 200 backstroke (1:59.50), while junior Kelly Gajdzisz joined Chenet in the 200 IM, finishing fifth in 2:23.60.
Freshman Arianna Dean took sixth in the 200 butterfly (2:18.58) and classmate Jenny Riley and senior Ryan Shea each touched sixth in the 50 freestyle. Riley finished in 25.66, while Shea had a time of 22.22.
Senior Ryan Shovlin and freshman Richard Mueller finished fourth and fifth in the 100 butterfly, while Chenet and Dean touched fifth and sixth in the women’s race. Chenet claimed a time of 1:04.28, edging her teammate out by less than .6 seconds, as Dean touched in 1:04.84. Shovlin finished in 53.74 and Mueller posted a time of 55.90.
Shovlin also took fifth in the 200 IM, finishing in 2:03.02 to claim fifth place. Junior Bryan Bedacht was sixth in the event with a time of 2:04.85 and also touched seventh in the 500 freestyle in 5:01.30.
In the 100 freestyle, freshman Megan Brady was fifth in 55.82 and classmate Madison Hardimon was sixth on the men’s side with a time of 49.23. Freshman Cara Egan earned a fifth-place finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:32.35), while junior Jacob Norfolk was sixth in the men’s race in 2:21.32.
In diving events, junior Elizabeth Mixa took second in one meter with a score of 207.65 and third in 3 meter (189.70).
Loyola will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 20 when it hosts its annual Alumni Meet at 1 p.m. The Greyhounds will then face Drexel, Lafayette and Seton Hall on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m.