BALTIMORE - Ben Cono broke a pair of school records and Kait Richter set one of her own to lead the Loyola University Maryland swimming and diving teams on the final day of the H2ounds Invitational at Mangione Pool Saturday.
Cono turned in a pair of NCAA B cut times in the 100 breast (53.53) and 200 breast (1:57.97) to break the school record in each event. His 100 breast time betters his own school record of 55.35 from earlier this year and ranks 17th nationally, while his time in the 200 breast breaks Matt Fralinger’s time of 2:00.53 from 2009 and ranks 24th in the NCAA this season.
Richter’s school record came in the 200 fly, as she topped her own time of 2:06.87 from 2013. She won today’s race in 2:04.23.
Maddie Meyers and Andrew Mann then swept the 400 IM titles with Meyers touching in 4:30.42 and Mann winning in 4:10.64. Kalie Coyne’s time of 4:32.07 in the event marked the program’s fourth-fastest performance, while Meyer’s also turned in the second-fastest time at Loyola in the 200 fly, finishing in 2:06.74.
Richter’s time of 56.90 won the women’s 100 fly and is the second-fastest time in program history, while Rich Mueller’s time of 50.43 won the men’s race. Courteney Martin also cracked into the program’s top-10 in the 100 fly, finishing in 57.56, the fourth-best time in program history.
In the 100 back, Marie Clarkson (57.72, fourth-best time at Loyola) and Zeke Wolfgang (50.22, second-best time at Loyola) won titles, followed by Marie Clarkson, Mulligan, Martin and Gabrielle Clarkson’s victory in the 200 medley relay. The quartet finished in 1:46.42.
Loyola also won the men’s 200 medley relay, as Wolfgang, Cono, Mueller and North Woods finished in 1:33.17.
Wolfgang then notched his third win of the day in the 200 back, touching in 1:52.01.
Other top performances include Johnny Callaghan’s time of 56.96 in the 100 breast, the fifth-fastest performance by a Greyhound in the event, and Egan’s time of 2:33.39 in the 200 breast, the fifth-fastest time at Loyola.
Martin turned in the program’s third-fastest 200 fly time, touching in 2:06.91, followed Grace Huckenpoehler’s time of 2:07.52, the fourth-ranked time at Loyola.
The team race was a close one, as the meet came down to the last relay event for both the men’s and women’s teams. Loyola fell just short on the women’s side, as Marist edged the Greyhounds, 189-181. The Greyhounds beat Iona, 281-83, and Saint Peter’s, 312-24, on the women’s side, though.
For the men, the Greyhounds swept their former conference foes, as Loyola downed Iona, 249-101, Marist, 184-182, and Saint Peter’s, 277-58.
Loyola will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 16, when it travels to Lehigh for a 1 p.m. dual meet.