Dec. 8, 2003
HAMILTON, NY - Loyola's men's and women's swimming and diving teams received a number of excellent individual performances as they defeated Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) rival Niagara, but fell to Colgate and MAAC foe Marist at the Colgate Invitational on a snowy weekend in upstate-New York.
The Greyhound men ousted Niagara 274-16 while falling to Colgate 235-97 and long-time nemisis Marist, 216-116. Loyola's women defeated the Purple Eagles 260-59, but dropped contests to Colgate 249-86 and Marist 199-136.
Junior Marko Turcinov led the charge for the men's squad with his school-record breaking performance in the 400 IM -- one of three events on the weekend that Turcinov won and one of five events where he set his season-best time.
Turcinov set season-best times and was victorious in the 100 and 200 Fly events and also clocked season-bests in the 200 Free and the 200 IM.
Loyola's women were led by two underclassmen in freshman Nori Skoda and sophomore Chelsea Brace. Skoda finished second in the 400 IM and the 100 and 200 Breast events as Brace grabbed silver medals in the 100 and 200 Back events.
The Colgate Invitational marked the last meet of a very successful first semester for the Greyhounds with Loyola's women's record now at 9-3 and the men's mark at 7-3. Coach Brian Loeffler's teams don't return to action again until Saturday, January 17th, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. when they host perennial MAAC power Rider at Loyola's Fitness and Aquatic Center.