Swimming & Diving Enjoys Record Day At Fairfield

Oct. 21, 2006


Fairfield, Conn. - The Loyola Swimming and Diving teams set nine school records en route to a double-dual meet sweep of Fairfield and Providence at Fairfield, Conn. on Saturday afternoon. The women set five records while the men broke four in only the second meet of the season.

"It is not often that a team breaks nine school records in one dual meet," says Loyola Head Coach Brian Loeffler. "In addition to these records, we had many other amazing swims."

The women, who defeated Fairfield 81-59 while topping Providence by a similar 82-56 score, were led by Michelle Ryan and her record-setting swims in the 100- and 200-meter butterfly events. Ryan raced to a time of 1:08.29 in the 100 Fly and registered a 2:28.99 in the 200 Fly.

Freshmen Megan Royer and Melissa White also set individual records of their own in the 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke respectively. Royer swam the 50 Free in a blazing 27.28, while White was almost three seconds faster than anyone else in the 100 Back with a time of 1:08.90, and also won the 200 Back in 2:28.81.

The women set an unprecedented fifth school record in with a collective effort in the 200-meter Medley Relay. Seniors Liz Chlebda and Meagan Parrott teamed up with Royer and White to take the event in 2:07.44.

Other winners on the women's side included sophomore Victoria Kamauff, who won the 200-meter freestyle in 2:15.51, and Loyola's 400-Free Relay foursome of senior Laura Hanlon, junior Megan Hadley, sophomore Emily Benton and White.

The men, on the other hand, defeated MAAC rival Fairfield 89-48 and toppled Providence, 71-50. Led by senior Ryan Reeser, who set one individual record and was part of two Loyola relay records, the Greyhounds picked up their share of wins on the day.

Reeser broke the school record in the 400-meter freestyle with a winning time of 4:09.59. Providence's Mike Loftus, who finished second in the event, finished in 4:30.75. Reeser teamed up with his younger brother, Brad Reeser, freshman Zachary Oster, senior Drew Crampton and junior Ernest Verrico in record-setting relays.

Ryan and Brad Reeser, Verrico and Oster set a school record in the 200-meter Medley Relay while the Reeser, Reeser, Crampton and Oster swam to a new Loyola record in the 400-meter Freestyle Relay.

Verrico, who won the 200-meter Breaststroke in 2:35.25, broke the 100-meter Loyola Breaststroke record with a winning time of 1:08.21 in the event.

The men has several other winners, including junior Ian Perazzelli in the 800 Free (8.58.88), junior Jonathan Sheffield in the 200 Fly (2:22.36), freshman Brad Reeser in the 50 Free (24.62), senior Drew Crampton in the 100 Free (54.84) and senior Tim Hoover in the 100 Fly (1:02.17).

"I am looking forward to the short training week we have leading up to the meets on Friday," added Coach Loeffer. "Saturday will be a great time as well, welcoming the alumni back."

The Greyhounds, whose performance on Saturday broke records dating back to the early 1990's, are back in action this coming weekend and host Saint Francis University in women's dual-meet action on Friday, as well as NJIT on both the men's and women's sides. Saturday is Loyola's annual Alumni Meet at the Mangione Aquatic Center.