Nov. 8, 2008
BALTIMORE - Loyola's swimming and diving teams posted another strong all-around performance and recorded a sweep of its opponents on both the men's and women's sides for the second week in a row on Saturday at the 9th-Annual Thomas Murphy Invitational.
The Greyhound men defeated Johns Hopkins, 246-112, and Virginia Military Institute, 304-51, while the women topped Johns Hopkins, 216-148, St. Francis (Pa.), 266-98, and Vriginia Military Institute, 315-20.
The meet, which is held in memory of Tom Murphy, the former Loyola swimming coach and assistant director of athletics. The Thomas Murphy Scholarship was presented during Saturday's session to Loyola's Lindsay Comodore for her dedication and leadership to the team.
"Linsday is a very deserving winner of the Thomas Murphy Scholarship Award," Loyola Head Coach Brian Loeffler said. " `Murph' would have been happy to have such a great person and leader on his team."
In the pool, the Greyhounds followed an excellent opening session on Friday night with a terrific performance on Saturday.
"We are continuing to swim and dive at very high levels," Loeffler said. "I was very happy for our teams to do so well against very tough competition. The final scores do not really reflect how competitive the individual races were."
Loyola's divers swept all of the top spots in the men's and women's 1- and 3-meter diving events. Ciara Huey-Burns scored 214.12 points, the fifth-highest total in Loyola history to win the women's 3-meter event. Candace Rooney was second in 178.65.
Ben DiFranco won the men's 3-meter event, and Benjamin Schwartz was second.
"I was impressed to see how our divers competed this weekend," Loeffler said. "We needed all the points we could get to win the meet, and they provided a clean sweep on the boards. Ciara earned a top five score on 3-meter and Candace was just off on the 1-meter board. Our diving squad will be a force, too."
Loyola opened Saturday morning's session with a pair of wins in the 200-yard freestyle relays. The women's team of Caitlin Cassidy, Mary Henkels, Meghan Barry and Lauren Mari won their race in 1:40.04, just out-touching the Johns Hopkins entry, which finished in 1:40.16.
The time posted by the Greyhound women was the third fastest in school history, while the men had the fourth-best time.
Jacob Drannan followed the men's victory with the Greyhounds' first individual victory of the morning. He won the 400-yard individual medley in 4:10.80. Torres then blew away the field in the 100-yard butterfly, winning with a time of 49.93, almost three seconds better than the rest of the field.
Tori Kamauff continued her great performances with a victory in the 200-yard freestyle, winning the event in 1:56.97.
Reeser then posted a victory in the 200-yard freestyle, clocking a time of 1:44.35. Caitlin Cassidy then picked up a win in the 100-yard backstroke with a finish in 1:00.10. She edged two of her teammates, Henkels and Barry, who took second and third, respectively, in 1:00.28 and 1:00.34.
McQuaid won the 100-yard backstroke for the men in 53.66, and Caitlyn Winkler posted a victory in the 1,650-yard freestyle, winning with the fifth-fastest time in school history, 18:04.43.
Drannan won his second event of the day, the 1,650-yard freestyle, with a time of 16:35.63, the fourth-best time in Loyola history.
McQuaid, Colin Chenet, Torres and Verrico teamed to win the men's 200-yard medley relay in 1:35.46.
Reeser, Verrico, Drannan and Zach Oster took the top four spots in the 100-yard freestyle. Reeser won the race in 47.31.
Courtney Trivino posted the fifth-best time in school history, winning the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:28.45.
Sara Mion won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:12.52, edging Johns Hopkins' Meagan Heslin, who took second in 2:12.78.
Torres won the men's 200-yard butterfly in 1:53.52, and the women's 400-yard freestyle relay of Barry, Henkels, Emily Benton and Kamauff, won in 3:39.39.
The Greyhound men's 400-yard freestyle relay also picked up a win. Oster, Jon Wertz, Verrico and Reeser were victorious in 3:11.07.
Trivino and Carissa McStay finished fourth and fifth in the 400-yard individual medley, but their times of 4:42.57 and 4:42.54, respectively, were the fourth- and fifth-fastest in school history.
The Greyhound women's 200-yard medley relay team -- Henkels, Kim Krzaczek, Mion and Mari -- finished second to Johns Hopkins, in 1:51.00, the fourth-best time in school history.
Loyola's Philip Scholz also set three American Disability Records in the S11 category. He broke marks in the 50-yard freestyle (while swimming the leadoff leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay), the 400-yard individual medley, the 200-yard breaststroke and the 50- and 100-yard breaststrokes while swimming the 200.
Scholz now holds every record in his classification except the 100-yard individual medley.
The Greyhounds open Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference action on Saturday, November 15, when they face the Siena women, and the Manhattan men and women, in Loudonville, N.Y.