Feb. 16, 2010
BALTIMORE - One extra week of waiting for the 2010 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships will be worth if for the Loyola University Maryland men's team if the Greyhounds can achieve the same result as last season.
A pair of 20-plus inch snow storms socked the Mid-Atlantic region last week, delaying the start of the 2010 event until Thursday, February 18, but the Loyola men and Head Coach Brian Loeffler are ready to defend their 2009 title.
The meet will kick off at 10 a.m. on Thursday and wrap up on the evening of Saturday, February 20. All events will take place at Loyola's Mangione Fitness and Aquatics Center.
"We are very excited for the Championships, especially with the extra week after the snow storms that came through," Loeffler said. "Both the men and the women have been training well, and we are looking forward to the competition and continuing the success we've had at the MAAC meets."
Last year's victory was the first for the Greyhounds since they won the title in 1995. Loyola scored 843.5 points to take the title, while Marist was second and Rider took third with 762 and 625 points, respectively.
Loyola's women will also look to continue their solid performances of late at the MAAC Championships. The Greyhounds have finished third at the last six conference meets. Last year was one of the closest team competitions in women's championship history. Rider claimed the top spot with 770.5 points, edging Marist and Loyola, which scored 764 and 727 points.
On the men's side, the Greyhounds set seven MAAC and one pool record at last year's event, winning eight events along the way.
Results from recent dual meets have been very positive for both the Loyola men and women. The Greyhounds finished their regular season with sweeps of MAAC foes Fairfield and Iona on January 30 in Connecticut. The Loyola men and women combined to set 15 school records that day in the short-course meters pool.
Earlier this season, the Greyhounds swam against several MAAC opponents in dual meets and invitationals. The men defeated Marist and Iona at the H2ounds Invitational in December, but the women topped Iona and were edged by Marist. The men also beat Rider in dual meet competition, while the women clipped Siena by a single point.