March 14, 2008
A pair of third-place team finishes at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships and dozens of performances on each side that rank among the Top Five in Loyola College history highlighted the 2007-08 men's and women's Swimming and Diving season.
The future of the program appears brighter than ever, as four freshmen and a sophomore produced the Greyhounds' MAAC individual titles at the Mangione Aquatic Center in mid-February.
Jacob Drannan was the Greyounds' top point-getter at the MAAC championships, as he won the 500 freestyle in a school record 4 minutes, 33.89 seconds; finished second in the 400 individual medley with another Loyola record, 4:014.16; and was second in the 200 free, in 1:42.18, the third-fastest mark in Greyhound history.
Drannan, a freshman out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., also anchored the MAAC champion 800 and 400 freestyle relays to Loyola records.
The Greyhounds swept the breaststroke events at the MAACs, as Matthew Fralinger took the 100 and 200 on the men's side and Kim Krzaczek did the honors on the women's side. Krzaczek lowered the school record to 1:06.43 in the 100 breaststroke, and Fralinger's work in the stroke helped Loyola win the 200 medley relay and establish a school record, 1:33.23.
Fralinger is Loyola's No. 2 all-time in both breaststrokes, behind only Jamie Barone, who competed at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Sophomore Megan Royer and freshman Caitlin Cassidy displayed the women's depth in the freestyle sprints. In the 50 free, Cassidy posted a school record 24.30 seconds, only to see Royer come along and lower the Loyola standard all the way down to a MAAC record 24.12. The roles were reversed in the 100 free, as Royer lowered the school record to 53.59, only to see Cassidy drop the mark to 53.43.
Cassidy established Loyola records in three of the four strokes. In addition to her runnerup finish in the 50 free, she was third at the MAACs in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly. Kamauff was a major point producer, as she anchored four of the five relays at the MAACs, was second in the 200 freestyle, third in both breaststrokes and fourth in the 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke.
The depth on the women's team saw the Greyhounds establish school records in all five relays, and post the program's five fastest times in the 200 medley relay. The team's range included sophomore Megan Shovlin, a distance freestyler who finished third in the 1000 and 1650 at the MAACs, setting a school record in the former.
Ozzy Torres, yet another freshman, was Loyola's other individual MAAC champion, as he took the men's 200 butterfly in 1:52.11. Torres handled that stroke and backstroker Sam McQuaid led off the victorious 200 medley relay, and the 400 medley relay that placed second.
Sophomore Brad Reeser swam third on the winning 400 and 800 freestyle relays, and took fourth in the 200 freestyle.
The women scored 710 points at the MAAC championships, their highest total since 2000. The men scored 748.5, their highest total ever in the MAAC. That led to an unprecedented accomplishment, as coach Brian Loefler was named MAAC men's and women's Coach of the Year.
The season closed at the ECAC championships, where Torres provided the Greyhounds' top individual finish with a second in the 200 fly, lowering his personal best to 1:52.06.
The 400 medley relay of McQuaid, Fralinger, Torres and Reeser finished third at the meeting in Pittsburgh, where Krzaczek placed third in the 100 breaststroke, Kamauff bettered junior Emily Benton's Loyola record in the 200 freestyle and sophomore Eryn Crane set another school mark in the 200 butterfly.
The season is just gearing up for another freshman, Phil Scholz, who established eight American Paralympic records at a meet Dec. 1. The visually-impaired Scholz, who has been featured on espn.com, hopes to compete at the Paralympics, which will be held in Beijing, China this summer, after the 2008 Summer Olympics. His U.S. Paralympic Trials will be held April 3-5 at the University of Minnesota.
Scholz competes in the S-11 category, for athletes who are completely blind.
SCHOOL RECORDS SET:
-100 backstroke: Sam McQuaid, 52.11.
-200 backstroke: McQuaid, 1:54.09.
-50 freestyle: Brad Reeser, 21.12.
-500 freestyle: Jacob Drannan, 4:33.89 (MAAC champion).
-400 freestyle relay: McQuaid, Verrico, Reeser, Drannan, 3:06.57 (MAAC champion).
-800 freestyle relay: Torres, Wertz, Reeser, Drannan, 6:57.74 (MAAC champion).
-200 medley relay: McQuaid, Matthew Fralinger, Ozzy Torres, E.J. Verrico, 1:33.23 (MAAC champion).
- 100 backstroke: Caitlin Cassidy, 58.80.
- 200 backstroke: Tori Kaumaff, 2:07.98.
- 100 butterfly: Cassidy, 58.00.
- 200 butterfly: Eryn Crane, 2:10.01.
- 100 breaststroke: Kim Krzaczek, 1:06.43 (MAAC champion).
- 50 freestyle: Megan Royer, 24.12 (MAAC record and champion).
- 100 freestyle: Cassidy, 53.43.
- 200 freestyle: Kaumaff, 1:54.97.
- 500 freestyle: Kaumaff, 5:05.57.
- 1000 freestyle: Meg Shovlin, 10:32.22.
- 200 freestyle relay: Royer, Emily Benton, Cassidy, Kamauff, 1:36.74 (MAAC record and champions).
- 400 freestyle relay: Cassidy, Royer, Benton, Kamauff, 3:33.33.
- 800 freestyle relay: Cassidy, Benton, Hadley, Kamauff, 7:49.25.
- 200 medley relay: Ginna Sabens, Krzaczek, Cassidy, Royer, 1:47.88.
- 400 medley relay: Melissa White, Krzaczek, Cassidy, Kamauff, 3:57.61.