Nov. 30, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's and women's swimming and diving teams opened the H2Ounds Invitational with a measure of success on Friday night at the Mangione Aquatic Center. The Greyhounds, along with MAAC foe Marist, Delaware and Drexel are neck-and-neck after 12 events with two sessions remaining on Saturday.
"The team responded well to the pressure of a very competitive meet," said Head Coach Brian Loeffler. "I am anticipating our energy level will carry over to tomorrow's session."
Loyola jumped out to an early lead with a quick start in the Men's 400 Medley Relay. Freshman Sam McQuaid led off the relay with a time of 52.22, and teammates Matthew Fralinger, Ozzy Torres and Brad Reeser followed with solid times of their own to give Loyola the victory in 3:29.01 - the second fastest time in program history.
"Sam got us off to a great start with a record in the first relay. He set the tone for the remainder of the session," added Coach Loeffler.
Apart from the night's scoring, the big story in the pool came from freshman Phil Scholz, a blind swimmer who set two American S11 short course records in the 500 Free (5:53.46) and 50 Free (27.22) events. Scholz' classification of S11 is the highest level of blindness, meaning he is completely blind.
Scholz and the Greyhounds will resume competition on Saturday morning with the first of two session beginning at 10 a.m.
H2Ounds Invitational Team Scores MENDEL 56 DREXEL 52LOYOLA 64 DELAWARE 46MARIST 65 DELAWARE 45LOYOLA 64 DREXEL 45MARIST 58 DREXEL 52MARIST 58 LOYOLA 52
WOMENDELAWARE 79 DREXEL 31DELAWARE 60 LOYOLA 50DELAWARE 58 MARIST 52LOYOLA 73 DREXEL 37MARIST 69 DREXEL 41MARIST 57 LOYOLA 53