Nov. 10, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's and women's swimming and diving teams scored well to wrap up the Thomas Murphy Invitational at the Mangione Aquatic Center on Saturday afternoon. The Greyhounds set a school record and registered a number of top times in head-to-head competition with Johns Hopkins and VMI.
The women's 200-yard medley relay team highlighted the afternoon for the women with a first-place finish and school record. Melissa White, Kim Krzaczek, Caitlin Cassidy and Megan Royer teamed up to post a time of 1:51.48 to win the event.
Junior Tori Kamauff, who swam the 200 Back in 2:10.11, set a personal best time in the race and posted Loyola's third-fastest time in the process. Kamauff later teamed up with Royer, White and Sarah Birkenmeier to win the 400 Free Relay in 3:42.77.
Other women's winners for Loyola included Megen Hadley in the 1650 Free (17:08.29), and Alex Coletta (1-meter) and Jackie Parker (3-meter) on the boards. Parker also took second on the 1-meter board.
The men also had a number of winners and impressive times. Among the most impressive was Matthew Fralinger's 2:09.60 in the 200 Breast.
"Without a doubt one of the best swims of the day was Matt's 200 Breast," said Head Coach Brian Loeffler. "It was pretty amazing for him to drop 6 second and nearly win the event. I am anxious to see how well he will do at the end of the season when he is rested."
Fralinger also teamed with Sam McQuaid, Ozzy Torres and E.J. Verrico to win the 200 Medley Relay in 1:36.41. Individually, Torres won the 100 Fly in 51.76, and Zachary Oster won the 1650 Free in 17:08.29.
"Overall we had a great weekend filled with many personal best times," said Loeffler. "Our next big challenge will be when we face rival Marist at the end of the month."
Senior Patrick Hicks was named the Thomas Murphy, Jr. Scholarship recipient prior to the meet's final session.
"Pat is a great recipient for this award," added Coach Loeffler. "He is just the kind of student-athlete Murph would have loved on his team."
Johns Hopkins 202 Loyola 153
Johns Hopkins 267 VMI 71
Loyola 297 VMI 64
Johns Hopkins 183 Loyola 178
Johns Hopkins 263 VMI 15
Loyola 315 VMI 8