Oct. 11, 2008
BALTIMORE - Two Loyola school records, three Mangione Aquatic Center standards, and four American Paralympic marks fell on Saturday afternoon, as the Greyhound men's and women's swimming and diving teams opened their 2008-2009 season against Boston College, Catholic University of America and the U.S. Naval Academy.
Loyola's men defeated both Boston College (176-120) and Catholic (244-40), while the Greyhound women beat Catholic (250-43). Navy topped both the Loyola men (175-116) and women (201-99), and the Boston College women were also victorious over Loyola (218-82).
In her first collegiate meet, Courtney Trivino made a mark on the Loyola program, setting a school record in the 200-yard individual medley, winning the event in a time of 2:10.77.
Trivino opened with a 29.59 split in the butterfly and was in last place in the eight-swimmer field, but she made pulled into the lead with a very fast 32.56 in the backstroke. Her backstroke split was almost two seconds quicker than any other swimmer in the field, giving her a one-plus second lead heading into the breaststroke.
She swam a 38.65 breaststroke leg and led Navy's Tessa Snow by 1.66 seconds at the final turn. Trivino then flew through the freestyle, clocking a 29.97 split and cruising to a win by almost three seconds. Snow finished in 2:13.61, just out-touching Loyola's Carissa McStay, who swam 2:13.70, at the wall.
Her time of 2:10.77, shaved almost a half-second off the previous school standard, 2:11.22, set in 2005 by Nori Skoda.
Trivino had a busy day for the Greyhounds, culminating with her record-breaking swim. She opened the meet by swimming the breaststroke leg of Loyola's 200-yard medley relay that finished third in 1:51.11. She followed that with a second-place effort in the 200-yard butterfly (2:12.49) behind Boston College's Anna Smith (2:11.47). She then placed seventh in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.70.
"Courtney had four great races today," Loyola Head Coach Brian Loeffler said. "It was very impressive that she broke the record on her last swim after having three challenging events before."
Sam McQuaid was the other Loyola school-record setting swimmer on Saturday. He took down his own Loyola mark in the 100-yard backstroke, winning the event in 51.72. His time knocked .39 off his previous best of 52.11, set last season, and was over a full second faster than the second-place finisher, Navy's Andrew Hetzner.
McQuaid also finished second in the 200-yard individual medley, swimming 1:59.39, just behind Boston College's John Maloy. He was also second in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:56.46.
In addition to McQuaid and Trivino's school records, the Greyhounds had four other first-place finishes at the meet.
Ozzy Torres swam 50.75 to win the 100-yard butterfly, winning the event by over two seconds, as Boston College's Timothy Corrigan was second in 52.76. Loyola's Jon Wertz and Tim Rowe took third and fourth, respectively, in the event with times of 53.50 and 53.52.
Matt Fralinger opened his season with a victory in the 100-yard breaststroke, clocking a time of 58.97 to edge Navy's Adam Meyer who finished in 59.07.
The men's 200-yard medley relay team of McQuaid, Fralinger, Torres and Brad Reeser was just two one-hundredths of a second off setting a school record. They opened the meet with a very fast 1:33.25, defeating Navy's second-place effort of 1:34.86.
McQuaid opened with a 23.72 in the backstroke, and Fralinger followed with a 26.35 in the breaststroke. Torres swam 22.25 in the butterfly, and Reeser closed the relay with a 20.93 split in the freestyle.
"I was thrill to see how fast our men swam in the first relay," Loeffler said. "They set the tone for what was a great first meet for us. I know they were excited to win the relay and almost break the school record. We do not typically break school relay records until (the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championsihps)."
Earlier in the meet, Fralinger placed second in the 200-yard Breaststroke with a time of 2:09.65. He was edged by Navy's Andrew Utama, who finished in 2:09.58.
Torres took a second-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly, finishing in 1:54.19. Kim Krzaczek was the runner-up in the 100-yard backstroke in 1:09.02.
In her first collegiate meet, Mary Henkels took second in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:00.14. She was just behind Boston College's Megan Hennessey, who finished in 1:00.00.
Three Navy competitors set Mangione Aquatic Center records at the meet. Men's divers Jonathan Galinski broke the mark in the 1-meter event with a score of 315.75, while his teammate, Olaf Olson set the standard in the 3-meter event with 345.65 points.
On the women's side, Thuy Dinh broke a five-year old record in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.26, improving on the time of 23.78 by Michelle King of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club in 2003.
Loyola's Philip Scholz set four American Paralympics Records in the S11 category - Scholz is blind - bringing his total to 19 for his career. Swimming the backstroke for the first time as a collegian, Scholz set new standards in the 50-yard backstroke (33.88 as a member of a relay team), 100-yard backstroke (1:18.05) and 200-yard backstroke (2:40.79).
He also broke his own American mark in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.98.
"Philip has picked up where he left off last season, rewriting the American record books for Blind athletes," Loeffler said. "I expect more will fall as the season continues."
The Greyhounds continue their season on October 25 when they host their annual Alumni Meet at 1 p.m. All alumni are invited to come back and can contact Coach Loeffler for more information.