Nov. 1, 2008
BALTIMORE - The Loyola men's and women's swimming and diving teams won 13 events, and the Greyhounds registered a sweep of Georgetown, Lafayette and Seton Hall in a non-conference quad-meet on Saturday afternoon at the Mangione Aquatic Center.
The Greyhound women defeated Georgetown, 193-107, Lafayette, 189.5-110.5, and Seton Hall, 194-106. Loyola's men topped the Hoyas, 200-94, the Leopards, 218-79, and the Pirates, 162-137.
"There are not many meets when the men and women both sweep three teams each," Greyhounds Head Coach Brian Loeffler said. "I was very proud how we swam and dove today."
Sophomore Sam McQuaid set a school record for the second time this season, breaking the 100-yard backstroke record he set on October 11 against Boston College, Catholic and Navy.
He led off the Greyhounds' winning 400-yard medley relay with a time of 51.63 in the backstroke. McQuaid knocked .09 seconds off his previous best of 51.72.
The Loyola women's 400-yard medley relay team of Mary Henkels, Kim Krzaczek, Caitlin Cassidy and Lauren Mari also won their event to open the meet and had the third-best time in school history, like the men. They won the event in 4:02.11, edging a second Loyola relay team - Meghan Barry, Courtney Trivino, Sara Mion and Emily Benton - who finished in 4:04.02.
Tori Kamauff had a spectacular day of individual performances, winning three races for the Greyhounds. She touched the wall first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:56.66), 200-yard backstroke (2:10.13) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:11.97).
"Tori is getting into mid season form, winning all the races she competed in today," Loeffler said. "She has a hunger to win each race she is entered in."
On the men's side, Ozzy Torres was a double-winner, taking first in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly events, clocking times of 50.81 and 1:53.92, respectively.
Torres also had solid relay legs on the 400-yard medley and freestyle relays. He helped the Loyola men close the meet with a victory in the freestyle relay. He led off the race, followed by E.J. Verrico, Jacob Drannan and Brad Reeser, and the team clocked the fifth-best time in school history, 3:10.25.
"Ozzy had two incredible legs on the relays to help secure those victories," Loeffler said. "His wins in the 100 fly and 200 fly came at just the time that Seton Hall was making a move closer towards us."
Patrick Murki and Reeser were the other Loyola men to post individual victories. Murki swam the fourth-fastest 1,000-yard freestyle time in Loyola history, 9:55.23, and Reeser led a 1-2-3 Loyola sweep of the 100-yard freestyle.
Reeser finished in 47.40, just head of Verrico's 47.91. Zach Oster finished third in 47.94.
On the women's side, Krzaczek won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.18, and Trivino swam the winning time, 2:11.50, in the 200-yard individual medley. Cassidy took second in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:57.83.
The Greyhounds women also closed the meet with a 400-yard freestyle relay victory. Barry, Benton, Mari and Kamauff swam 3:38.29 to edge Lafayette's relay entry that finished in 3:38.62.
Loyola returns to the water on Friday, November 7, for the first day of the Thomas Murphy Invitational. The Greyhounds host the men from Johns Hopkins and Virginia Military Institute and the St. Francis (Pa.) women, beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday. The meet continues at 10 a.m. on Saturday.