MAAC Swimming And Diving Championships Return To Loyola College This Weekend

Feb. 15, 2006

BALTIMORE, Md. - For the sixth consecutive year, Loyola College will serve as host for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Mangione Aquatic Center. This year's meet is scheduled to take place from Thursday, February 16 to Saturday, February 18.

Tickets are available by calling 410-617-5013 or they can be purchased before each day's sessions.

The action begins at 10:00 a.m. each day with the preliminaries, which will be followed by diving events. The finals will be held during the evening session.

The Greyhounds ended their regular season on February 4 with a pair of victories over Iona College. Junior Megan Sterback broke her second school record of the season for the women's team in the win, scoring 255.23 points in the one-meter diving event. Junior Ryan Reeser helped the Greyhound men's squad to the victory as he broke the school's 1000-free record with a winning time of 9:47.72 in addition to winning the 200 backstroke event.

Reeser has led the Loyola men through the 2005-2006 regular season. He enters the conference meet with eight straight individual victories after winning a pair of events in the regular season finale against Iona. He also took three first-place finishes against Towson and Delaware earlier this month. Reeser was named as the MAAC Male Swimmer of the Week after helping Loyola earn a victory over Providence on October 28.

Sterback has been one of the conference's top divers throughout the season. During the Thomas Murphy Invitational on November 12, the junior set a school record by scoring 418.50 points in the three-meter diving event to help the Greyhounds finish with a split of Johns Hopkins and Howard. She has been named as the conference's Women's Diver of the Week twice this season.

On the women's side, Marist is the favorite to repeat as MAAC champions this year after completing a stellar regular season. The Red Foxes finished the regular season with a 9-2 dual meet record and will be looking for their third straight conference title.

The Red Foxes are also favored to win the men's championship after a 9-1 regular season, which included a win over Seton Hall on February 4. Marist will be looking for its second straight men's MAAC crown.

Loyola finished in third place at last year's championship meet behind Marist and Rider. Current assistant coach Marko Turcinov was named as the MAAC Male Swimmer of the Year after breaking three conference records to lead the Greyhound men. In addition, Coach Brian Loeffler was named as the MAAC Women's Coach of the Year after guiding the Greyhound women's team to its third place effort.