Nov. 12, 2005
BALTIMORE, Md. - Junior Megan Sterback set a new school record in winning the three-meter diving event to lead the Greyhound women's swimming and diving team to a split against Johns Hopkins University and Howard University at the Thomas Murphy Invitational on Saturday afternoon.
Sterback, who also won the one-meter diving event, shattered the previous record of 395.00 by recording a season-best 418.50 points in the 11-dive event. The previous record was set during the 1987 season. She also took first place and barely missed the school record in the one-meter diving event when she scored a season-high 245.70 points.
Meanwhile, junior Ryan Reeser won three individual events in the second day of the meet to lead the Greyhound men to a pair of victories over VMI and Howard. Johns Hopkins earned a perfect 3-0 record with convincing wins over the Greyhounds in addition to VMI and Howard. Reeser earned first place in the 500 free with a time of 4:47.11 while taking a victory in the 100 free with a mark of :47.73. He completed the day with a win in the 200 free, touching the wall in 1:47.56.
Freshman Victoria Kamauff also had a good showing for the Greyhounds in the meet. She finished first in the 100 back with a mark of 1:02.68 while earning third place in the 200 back (2:14.05). She ended the day with a fourth place finish in the 100 fly and by swimming the second leg of the Greyhounds' 800 free relay team, which earned a second place finish in the race behind the Blue Jays.
Freshman Kristin Cunningham took first place in the 500 free for the Blue Jay women with a time of 5:14.61 while finishing with a time of 2:14.47 in the 200 individual medley to earn her second win of the day. She also finished in second place in the 100 breast with a time of 1:10.56, less than one second behind junior Allie Foster, while swimming the lead leg of the Blue Jays' victorious 800 free relay, which earned a time of 8:04.15.
Johns Hopkins freshman Colin Kleinguetl led the Blue Jay men on the second day by finishing first in the 200 fly with a time of 1:57.01. Richard Guerard also had a strong showing by finishing first in the 200 back (1:59.02) while swimming the second leg of Johns Hopkins' winning 800 free relay, which completed the race in a time of 7:09.93.
Nzingha Murphy led the Lady Bison by scoring first place in the 100 free with a time of :54.31 while helping Howard take first place in the 200 free relay on Friday night. She also earned a second place finish in the 50 free during the meet's opening session.
Kyle Madden took first place in the three-meter diving event for VMI by scoring 220.20 points while finishing in second place in the one-meter event with a score of 119.17 points.
Before the final session on Saturday afternoon, Loyola senior Melissa Birkenmeier was honored as the recipient of the Thomas Murphy Scholarship award, which is given annually in honor of the long-time swimming and diving coach, who passed away in 1999. Birkenmeier became the second member of the Greyhound swimming and diving teams to be honored with the award twice.
The Greyhounds will be idle until December 2-3 when they host the H2Ounds Invitational at the Mangione Aquatic Center against Catholic University and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference rivals Marist and Niagara.