Dec. 4, 2010
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland swimming and diving programs turned in another banner effort at the final day of the H2ounds Invitational, as the men's team topped Saint Peter's, Iona and Marist while the women's team knocked off Saint Peter's and Iona but fell to Marist.
The men's team beat Iona 252.5-105.5, Marist 278-90 and Saint Peter's 256-107. The women's team vanquished Iona 209-159 and Saint Peter's 299-57, but came up short against Marist, 248-122.
The day featured a bevy of wins and record book-worthy finishes.
Loyola earned a victory in the women's 200-yard medley relay, with Mary Henkels, Courtney Chenet, Caitlin Cassidy and Caitlin Cronin combining for a time of 1:48.95, the fifth-fastest time in program history.
The women's squad continued its success in the women's 200-yard freestyle. Lauren Mari, Henkels, Cassidy and Cronin touched the wall first with a time of 1:38.51, edging Iona by just over one second. The time also found a home in the record books, checking in at the fifth-fastest time ever at Loyola in that event.
Courtney Chenet made two marks on Loyola history on Saturday. Chenet came in third in the women's 100-yard butterfly but her time of 58.85 marks the third-fastest time for the Greyhounds. She followed that up with a second-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke thanks to the fifth-fastest time in program history of 2:27.35.
Caitlin Cronin joined Chenet in the record books. Cronin finished third in the women's 100-yard freestyle but her time of 53.14 marked the third-best time in program history.
The men's team turned in two fifth-fastest all-time records today in the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay. The quartet of Sam McQuaid, Colin Chenet, Ozzy Torres and Jeffrey Rowe combined to win the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:33.75 and Torres, McQuaid, Brennan Morris and Scott Heil turned in a time of 3:09.58 to take the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Patrick Mukri earned a win for the Greyhounds in the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:08.12, outpacing teammate and second-place finisher Bryan Bedacht by nearly seven seconds. Mukri's result marked the fourth-best time in Loyola history.
Record books aside, the men and women's teams won a number of events en route to their meet victories.
The Greyhounds netted an early win in the men's 400-yard medley relay. McQuaid, Chenet, Torres and Heil touched the wall first with a time of 3:23.92 to top Saint Peter's by nearly five seconds.
The men kept up the pressure with a win in the 800-yard freestyle relay. Mukri, Jacob Dannan, Morris and Heil clocked in at 6:56.86, beating out Marist by over 10 seconds. The Greyhounds also finished in third with the team of Tony Florida, Ryan Shovlin, Johnathan Wertz and Ryan Leonard.
Loyola earned a victory in the women's 200-yard freestyle relay. Lauren Mari, Henkels, Cassidy and Cronin took first with a time of 1:38.51 to finish ahead of Iona and Marist.
Caitlin Cassidy showed off some winning ways with a victory in the women's 100-yard butterfly. The senior finished in 58.26, just one-tenth of a second ahead of Marist's Emily Miles. Courtney Chenet also placed third with a time of 58.85.
Another Greyhound won on the men's side in the 100-yard butterfly. Ozzy Torres touched the wall first in 50.25, less than two-tenths of a second ahead of Saint Peter's swimming Valerijs Lebedevs. Torres also earned a victory in the men's 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:53.55.
Morris earned one more win, this time in the men's 200-yard backstroke. The sophomore touched the wall at 1:50.41 and teammate Patrick Mukri took third with a 1:52.79 effort.
Loyola will return to the water on January 15 for a meet against Boston College and Rider at the Mangione Pool at the Fitness and Aquatic Center. The action will begin at 1 p.m.