Dec. 3, 2011
BALTIMORE - Junior Brennan Morris and sophomore Caitlin Cronin each broke their own school records Saturday at the Mangione Aquatics Center in the Loyola University Maryland swimming and diving team's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opener against Iona, Marist and Saint Peter's. In addition, freshman Joe Wise set a new S10 Paralympic American record in the 50-yard butterfly.
As a team, Loyola's men swept Iona (240-124), Marist (193-175) and Saint Peter's (257-106), while the women defeated Iona (222-147) and Saint Peter's (298-54), but fell to Marist, 251-119.
Morris set a new school record in the 400-yard individual medley, clocking in at 3:48.81 to break his old record of 3:49.71 from last year's MAAC Championships. His time currently ranks third in the country and is an NCAA B cut time.
Morris also swam an NCAA B cut time in the 1650-yard freestyle, touching first in 15:21.50. That time currently ranks 10th in the NCAA.
Wise set a new S10 Paralympic American record by finishing the first 50 yards of the 100-yard freestyle in 28.85.
On the women's side, Cronin broke her own school record in the 200-yard freestyle from last year's MAAC Championships (1:52.88), winning today's event with a time of 1:52.04. Her 100-yard freestyle time of 51.81 was just shy of her school record of 51.64.
Senior Courtney Trivino also won an individual event for the Greyhounds, taking top honors in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:37.23.
In the other events, junior Jeffrey Rowe finished second in the 100-yard butterfly in 51.30, while he took third in the 100-yard breaststroke in 59.84.
Junior Patrick Mukri finished third in the 100-yard backstroke in 52.97, while he clocked in second in the 200-yard backstroke (1:54.76).
In the 100-yard freestyle, Brice took second with a time of 48.16 and in the 100-yard backstroke, Henkels touched second in 1:00.18.
In diving events, sophomore Elle Mixa and sophomore Michael Brown both finished third in their respective 1-meter and 3-meter events. Mixa scored 201.15 points in the 1-meter diving and 188.10 points in the 3-meter diving, while Brown scored 201.15 in the 1-meter and 208.25 in the 3-meter diving events.
In relay events, Loyola's men were victorious in the 200-yard freestyle relay, the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Sophomore Julien Brice, sophomore Zachary Eller, sophomore Michael Kelly and Rowe combined to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:25.55, while Morris, Rowe, Mukri and Brice won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:33.74.
In the 400-yard freestyle relay, Brice, Mukri, Morris and Rowe combined for a time of 3:07.42.
Loyola will return to action after the new year when it heads to Rider for a head-to-head meet on Saturday, Jan. 14.