Feb. 28, 2012
BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have been honored as Scholar All-America Teams for the Fall 2011 semester, as announced by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Tuesday.
The women’s squad earned a combined grade-point average of 3.45 for the fall semester, while the men’s team had a GPA of 3.04.
Led by Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men’s and women’s Most Outstanding Swimmers Brennan Morris and Caitlin Cronin, the Greyhounds claimed six individual titles at the 2012 MAAC Championships. Morris won the 400-yard IM, the 500-yard freestyle and the 1650-yard freestyle, while Cronin claimed the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle titles. Jeffrey Rowe rounded out Loyola’s individual championships, touching first in the 50-yard freestyle.
In addition, the Greyhounds broke 12 school records throughout the season.
Morris went undefeated in individual events, winning 27-straight races, and breaking the school record in the 500-yard freestyle (4:26.08) and the 400-yard IM (3:48.81). He was also a member of the 400-meter medley relay of Rowe, Patrick Mukri and Tony Florida that broke the school record with a combined time of 4:01.33.
The men also had Ben Duva break the 1500-meter freestyle record (16:38.90) and Ryan Shovling break the 400-meter IM record (4:47.23).
On the women’s side, Cronin broke the 50-yard freestyle (23.62), 100-yard freestyle (50.77), 200-yard freestyle (1:50.53) and 200-meter freestyle (2:06.84) school records. She also teamed with Lauren Mari, Meghan Berry and Mary Henkels to break the 200-meter freestyle relay (1:51.78).
Henkels also broke the 100-meter backstroke (1:06.97) for the Greyhounds, while Maya Olivieri broke the 100-meter breaststroke record (1:17.39).
The Team Scholar All American award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams, who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The award is presented to teams achieving this standard in the fall semester and in the semester of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships (winter/spring).