Nov. 7, 2008
BALTIMORE - The Loyola men's and women's swimming and diving teams posted strong performances on the first session of competition at the 9th-Annual Thomas Murphy Invitational on Friday night at the Mangione Aquatic Center.
The Greyhounds' women's team leads Johns Hopkins, 73-34, St Francis (Pa.), 84-23, and Virginia Military Institute, 94-7.
Loyola's men's team sits ahead of Johns Hopkins, 83-21, and Virginia Military Institute, 90-14.
"Tonight was a very impressive performance for our teams," Head Coach Brian Loeffler said. "If we are as strong again tomorrow, we have a good chance of posting wins. I know the other teams will come back ready to swim well on the second day. We will have a tough challenge tomorrow."
The Thomas Murphy Invitational - a scholarship fundraising event in memory of the former Loyola swimming coach and assistant athletics director - continues tomorrow with sessions at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The first races of the evening session - the men's and women's 400-yard medley relays - set an excellent tone for the Greyhounds.
Loyola also had the second-place finishes with other swimmers in both relays.
Following the relay victories, Tori Kamauff and Caitlyn Winkler finished 1-2 in the women's 500-yard freestyle. Kamauff posted a time of 5:10.02, ahead of Winkler's 5:16.44.
Jon Wertz and Patrick Murki also went 1-2 for the men in the 500-yard freestyle. Wertz won with a time of 4:46.58, edging Murki's 4:48.40.
The Greyhound women closed the session with the third-fastest 800-yard freestyle relay time in school history. Cassidy, Trivino, Emily Benton and Kamauff clocked a time of 7:53.38.
The men's 800-yard freestyle relay team - Zach Oster, Wertz, Drannan and Reeser - then psoted a time of 7:04.10 to win their race.
Ben DiFranco and Benjamin Schwartz were first and second in the men's 1-meter diving.