BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland men’s swimming and diving team swept all five events of Friday’s season-opening meet against American, Catholic and George Washington, while the women’s squad claimed two victories in the unscored meet at the Magione Pool in the Fitness and Aquatics Center.
Loyola swept the 50 and the 500 free races, with senior Erin Calderoni touching first on the women’s side in the 500 free in 5:10.38 and freshman Andrew Mann winning the men’s event in 4:47.37. In the 50 free, senior Brianna Keelan was victorious in 24.64, while freshman Ben Pearthree led the Greyhound men to a sweep of the top-three places. Pearthree won the race by out-touching freshman teammate Alex Sperandio by four-hundredths of a second, finishing in 21.93. Sperandio touched in 21.97 for second, while junior Nigel Hunter was third with a time of 22.00.
Sophomore Aidan O’Hara won the 200 IM in 1:55.88, while freshman Chris Cary, junior Cara Egan, freshman Jenna Egan and freshman Alyssa Gialamas rounded out the top finishers in the pool. Cara Egan completed the 200 IM in 2:13.15 and in the 500 free, Cary touched in 4:49.49, while Jenna Egan earned a time of 2:13.15, all good for third-place finishes.
Gialamas, a Paralympic swimmer, set a new American Record in the S5 50 yard free, finishing in 42.30.
Sophomore Noel Theroux led the way in diving, claiming both the 1-meter and 3-meter titles. He led three Greyhounds to top-three finishes on the 1-meter boards, scoring 259.19 points. Junior Ryan Conley was second at 250.05 and freshman Sam Baluzy was third with a score of 204.90.
In 3-meter diving, Theroux earned 239.40 points and Conley was second with 233.85.
On the women’s side, freshman Maggie Garrahan earned a pair of runner-up finishes with 202.82 points in 1-meter diving and 226.05 points in 3-meter diving.
The Greyhounds will head to American tomorrow for the second day of competition with American, Catholic and George Washington.