Dec. 7, 2013
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland sophomore Kaitlin Richter broke the school record in the 200-yard butterfly, while the women’s 400 free relay team of senior Caitlin Cronin, senior Erin Shea, freshman Tara Mulligan and junior Brianna Keelan also broke a program record in the event on the final day of the H2ounds Invitational at Mangione Pool on Saturday.
Richter won the 200 fly in 2:06.87 to better Abby Wiese’s school record of 2:08.33 from 2011.
In the last event of the day, the 400 free relay, the women’s squad needed a win to knock off former conference-foe Marist. The quartet combined to finish second in 3:28.90, but broke the all-time school record set in 2009 at 3:29.31.
Loyola’s women beat Iona, 273-92, and Saint Peter’s, 267-97, while they fell to Marist by five points, 186.5-181.5. On the men’s side, Loyola beat Iona, 236-123, and Saint Peter’s, 257-94, but dropped a 214-156 contest to Marist.
In addition to Richter, Loyola also had five other Greyhounds win events on the final day of the invitational. In the 200 back, freshman Aidan O’Hara touched first in 1:50.81, while junior Ruslan Kopunek was first in the 100 free (46.58). Freshman Dale Maholage won the 200 breast in 2:12.30, while seniors Ella Mixa and Michael Brown won the day’s diving events. Mixa was victorious on the 3-meter boards with a score of 250.05, while Brown scored 268.95 points in 1-meter diving to win that event.
The Greyhounds’ second-place finishes included sophomore Lizzie McKenna in the 200 back (2:05.06) and Cronin in the 100 free (51.94), while six Greyhounds earned third-place finishes. Senior Julien Brice was third in the 100 free in 47.44, freshman Theresa McKallen (2:25.85) and senior Jacob Norfolk (2:13.09) were third in the 200 breast, senior Erin Shea (2:10.97) and senior Bryan Bedacht (1:57.63) were third in the 200 fly and senior Victoria Arturi took third in the 3-meter diving (205.50).
In relay events, the women’s 200 medley squad was victorious, with the squad of McKenna, Mulligan, Richter and Cronin combining for a time of 1:46.45. On the men’s side, the team of O’Hara, Maholage, sophomore Richard Mueller and Kopunek finished second in 1:35.18.
The Greyhounds will begin the New Year with a dual meet at Lehigh on Saturday, Jan. 18. Events are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.