Feb. 7, 2007
Baltimore, Md. - The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) swimming and diving championships return to Loyola College in 2007. The Greyhounds, who have hosted the conference meet in each of the past six seasons, welcome their MAAC foes for three days of competition, from Thursday, February 8 through Saturday, February 10, at the Mangione Aquatic Center.
The Greyhounds will aim to knock off Marist, who won both the men's and women's titles last season. Loyola, which finished third on both sides, just capped off another fine season in the pool with winning records in dual-meet competition. The men posted significant wins such as its second win over Delaware in program history, while both the men and women set several Top-5 times.
Loyola swimmers set 21 Top-5 times in all with senior Ryan Reeser leading the way. Reeser, who had a great senior campaign in the pool, looks to close out his college career with a bang. Last year, Reeser broke two school records at the MAAC Championships, swimming record times in the 500 Free and 1,000 Free events.
On the women's side, the Greyhounds also return outstanding performers from last year's championships, including Victoria Kamauff, who set records in the 200 Free and led off a 400 Free record-setting performance for the Greyhounds at the meet.
Loyola's last win at the MAAC Championships came in 1996 when the women captured their fourth straight title behind the meet's Most Outstanding Swimmer Amy Cole. In all, a Loyola swimmer has been recognized as the most outstanding swimmer or diver at the MAAC Championships nine times, including current assistant coach Marko Turcinov, who was honored with the award in 2004 and 2005. In 1995, both Loyola's men and women won the conference championships.
The 2007 championship meet is the seventh straight at Loyola since the Greyhounds opened their state-of-the art Fitness and Aquatic Center. Loyola's pool stretches eight lanes across its 25-yard length and 75-foot width. A premier racing facility, it equipped with the latest generation of Kiefer Wave Eater lane lines, which disperse the surface waves while the extra-deep, extra-wide gutter system absorbs any wave that reaches the side of the racing course. Being a great venue for college swimming, expect more top times at this year's meet.
Tickets for the 2007 MAAC Championships are almost sold out. Only 100 Day One tickets remain. Call the ticket office at (410) 617-5013 to reserve your tickets today.