CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - After winning the 100 breaststroke at the Patriot League Championships Friday night, Loyola University Maryland sophomore swimmer Ben Cono has been named to the All-Patriot League First Team, as announced by the League office Wednesday.
Cono, Loyola’s first Patriot League Champion, becomes the first Greyhound swimmer or diver to be named to an All-Patriot League Team since Loyola joined the conference for the 2013-14 season. He’s one of 18 men to be named to the first team.
So far this season, the native of Smithfield, New York has won all 10 of the 100 breaststroke events he has competed in, including the preliminary round of the Patriot League Championships, making him the favorite heading into the finals. Cono’s time of 52.92 from the finals tied the Patriot League Championships meet record and bettered his own school record time of 53.53 from earlier this season. It also leads the Patriot League, ranks 16th nationally and was an NCAA B cut and Olympic Trial qualifying time.
In addition to finding success in the 100 breast, Cono has also won five of the six 200 breaststroke events he’s competed in, finishing runner-up to Navy’s Marlin Brutkiewicz by .22 seconds at the Patriot League Championships. His time of 1:55.70 is also an NCAA B cut time and ranks 20th nationally.
Cono will return to action on Thursday when he returns to Navy’s Lejeune Hall to compete in the open long course Olympic Trials Qualifying Meet. Freshman Ross Caudle, senior Ruslan Kopunek, senior Zeke Wolfgang, sophomore Philip Jones, freshman Christina Guertin, freshman Grace Huckenpoehler, sophomore Alyssa Gialamas and sophomore McKenzie Coan will also compete at the event.