Jan. 29, 2009
Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's and women's swimming and diving teams head to New York this Saturday to face Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference opponents Fairfield and Iona.
This will be the final last regular-season competition for the Greyhounds before they host the MAAC Championships, February 12-14, at the Mangione Aquatic Center.
Both teams enter this weekend with an accomplished season. The men's team posted a huge victory over Towson last weekend, and also beat defending MAAC champion, Marist, for the second consecutive year.
Junior Brad Reeser came away with three first-place finishes in the meet against Towson, and also recorded a personal best time of 1:42.41 in the 200 free, putting him at the number four spot in MAAC individual standings and in the top-five at Loyola.
Sophomore Jacob Drannan has twice been named the MAAC Men's Swimmer of the Week, and also set the MAAC individual best time in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:37.84 in the win over Marist.
Sophomore Sam McQuaid broke his own record in the 100 back twice this season, and now holds a 51.63 time in the event. McQuaid also walked away with the conference weekly title after the first meet of the season.
The women's team has also seen success in the pool. At the H2Ounds Invitational in December, the Loyola women defeated the 2008 women's conference champion, Marist, for the first time in program history. Freshman Lauren Mari set a school record at that meet in the 100-yard freestyle and swam a 53.11.
Freshman Courtney Trivino has also shined in her collegiate debut season. Setting the school record in the 200-yard individual medley back in October, Trivino has also been named the MAAC Swimmer of the Week after her performance at Siena.
The Greyhounds will face Fairfield and Iona beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.