2008 MAAC Swimming & Diving Championships Begin This Thursday

Loyola College will host the MAAC Swimming & Diving Championships at the Mangione Aquatic Center from Thursday, February 14 to Saturday, February 16. Follow all the action with Loyola's Live Results beginning at 10 a.m.

The Greyhounds enter the meet with high expectations, particularly the Loyola men, who in November defeated Marist for the first time in program history. Overall, the men have conference wins over the Red Foxes, Fairfield and Iona on the season. The women, who finished a mere 10 points behind Marist at the H2Ounds Invitational, have wins over Siena, Fairfield and Iona as well.

Last year, both the Greyhound men and women took third at the MAAC Championships. Since joining the conference in 1990, the women have won four league titles, including 1995, when both the men and women claimed MAAC supremacy.

The quest for another MAAC Championship will commence at 10 a.m. on February 14 with the preliminary heats of the 500 Free, 200 IM and 50 Free. Action from Mangione Aquatic Center will run from 10 a.m. to approximatley 8:30 p.m. View Complete Schedule

Loyola swimmers have been recognized as the most outstanding swimmer or diver at the MAAC Championships a total of nine times. Casey Brandt won most outstanding male swimmer in 1995, and was followed by Mark Gallagher two years later. Amy Cole earned honors for three consecutive championships from 1994 to 1996 while Brianna Hawkins was named the most outstanding female swimmer in 1999. Sarah O'Donnell won the most outstanding diver award during the 2001 MAAC meet, while Marko Turcinov was honored with the men's swimming award in 2005.

For those attending the event from out of town, follow Driving Directions to the Fitness and Aquatic Center.