Nov. 7, 2009
BALTIMORE - Brennan Morris set a Loyola University Maryland record in the 400-yard individual medley and won two other events, and the Greyhounds' men's swimming and diving team defeated Johns Hopkins, 224-103, Saturday afternoon at the Thomas Murphy Invitational.
The Loyola women also beat Johns Hopkins, 232-132, but the women were edged by St. Francis (Pa.), 191-171, and Richmond, 240-123.
In just his third intercollegiate meet, Morris swam a time of 3:56.96, breaking the previous mark of 3:57.79 set last season by Jacob Drannan. Morris' time is faster than the current Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference record in the event, although those marks must be set at the MAAC Championships.
Morris also took first in the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:08.08, finishing just ahead of teammate Matt Frailinger who took second in 2:10.01. Morris also won the 500-yard freestyle on Friday night.
The Greyhounds opened competition on Saturday with a victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Sam McQuaid, Morris, Jeff Rowe and Brad Reeser won in 1:27.15, a half-second ahead of the Johns Hopkins' unit.
Carissa McStay took second in the 400-yard individual medley for the Greyhounds' women, clocking a time of 4:44.87.
In addition to Morris' record in the individual medley, the Greyhounds took the top four spots. Drannan was second (4:15.42), followed by Zach Oster (4:17.34) and Mark Fink (4:22.24).
Sam McQuaid and Drannan then finished second and third in the 100-yard backstroke with times of 53.21 and 54.70.
Colin Chenet and Fralinger were the top two finishers in the 100-yard breaststroke, swimming 58.90 and 59.50.
Megan Shovlin took second in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 17:53.71.
Loyola's women took the top four spots in 1-meter diving with Alex Coletta finishing first with 215.17 points. She became the first Loyola woman to qualify for the ECAC Championships in several years, and her point-total is fourth-best in Loyola history.
Coletta's teammate, Candace Rooney, was second with 212.77, the fifth-best score in Loyola history.
Mukri and McQuaid were first and second, respectively, in the 200-yard backstroke with times of 1:57.96 and 1:57.85.
Oster won the 100-yard freestyle in 47.81, followed closely by Reeser in 47.83.
Loyola returns to the pool next weekend when it travels to Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg, Md., for a 1 p.m. meet on Saturday, November 14, against The Mount and St. Francis (N.Y.).