Swimming And Diving Teams Lead After First Session Of Thomas Murphy Invitational

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.

The Loyola women's team of Courtney Trivino, Kim Krzaczek, Caitlin Cassidy, Lauren Mari, won the event in a time of 3:58.23, the second-fastest time in school history.

Not to be outdone, the Greyhounds men's relay - Sam McQuaid, Colin Chenet, Ozzy Torres and Brad Reeser - had the third-best time in school history, 3:27.73.

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.

Jacob Drannan won the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:56.17, the third-best time in Loyola history. Sam McQuaid placed second in the event, just behind Drannan, in 1:56.92.

Loyola's men swept the top three places in the 50-yard freestyle, with Brad Reeser winning in 21.60. He outtouched E.J. Verrico, who finished in 21.63, and Ozzy Torres, who touched the wall in 21.74.

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.

Loyola's women divers took the top four spots in the 1-meter event. Candace Rooney scored 200.39 points and was followed by Ciara Huey-Burns, Bethany Scalzo and Kaitlin Pisano.

Ben DiFranco and Benjamin Schwartz were first and second in the men's 1-meter diving.