Nov. 16, 2013
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams swept Colgate Saturday afternoon at Mangione Pool at Loyola’s Fitness and Aquatics Center. With a 164.5-125.5 win, the women’s squad remains undefeated this season, while the men picked up a 197-91 victory for their third win of the season.
Freshman Becca Meyers set the tone for the day, out-reaching Colgate’s Morgan Cohara (10:21.73) by less than four-tenths of a second to claim victory in the 1000 free, the first individual event of the day, with a time of 10:21.37. Senior Bryan Bedacht then won the men’s side of the event with a time of 9:59.51.
Beginning with the men’s 100 back, the Greyhounds captured five-straight individual races, as freshman Aidan O’Hara won the 100 back (52.87), freshmen Courtney Kenyon (1:07.90) and Dale Maholage (1:00.90) each won their respective 100 breast events and seniors Erin Shea (2:11.27) and Bedacht (2:00.43) swept the 200 fly.
Colgate was able to snap the streak with a win in the women’s 50 free, but senior Zachary Eller won the men’s side of the race in 21.85 to get the Greyhounds back on track. Juniors Brianna Keelan and Ruslan Kopunek followed it up with wins in the 100 free. Keelan completed the race in 53.42 and Kopunek won his XX title in the event in 47.01.
Throughout the day, O’Hara led the Greyhounds with three individual victories and a relay title. He won the 200 back (1:52.52) and 500 free (4:49.27), while he also teamed with Maholage, sophomore Richard Mueller and sophomore Nigel Hunter to win the 200 medley relay in 1:37.98.
Norfolk also won the 200 breast in 2:17.13, while Mueller captured the 100 fly title in 53.76. Shea rounded out the individual winners in the pool, touching first in the 100 fly in 59.09.
Behind individual sweeps by seniors Michael Brown and Elle Mixa, the Greyhounds also swept all four diving boards. Mixa won the 1-meter competition in 247.34 and the 3-meter boards in 245.40, while Brown won 1-meter with a season-best score of 292.79. He also collected 281.02 points to win the 3-meter competition.
Loyola will return to action on Friday, Dec. 6 as it closes out this calendar year with the H2ounds Invitational. Marist, Iona and Saint Peter’s will visit Baltimore for the two-day meet.