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Swimming & Diving Takes Part In 8th-Annual Diane Geppi-Aikens Run

Sept. 18, 2010

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SWDGA BALTIMORE - The Loyola swimming and diving team was part of a record-setting crowd of 729 participants from the Baltimore area and the Loyola community took part in the 8th-Annual Diane Geppi-Aikens 5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Walk on a bright and sunny Saturday morning.

The energetic crowd set a record for the highest number of participants in the eight-year history of the event, eclipsing the more than 700 who participated in the run's first year. It is also the fourth-straight year the run has drawn more than 600 participants.

More than 85 members of the swimming and diving teams took part in the festivities. Sophomore Ryan Shovlin was the second male student to cross the finish line in the event.

The race was held on the College's campus in honor of the Loyola women's lacrosse coach who passed away in 2003 after a brave battle with brain cancer.

In addition to many local road runners, family and friends of Geppi-Aikens, and Loyola athletics teams, women's lacrosse teams from Loyola, Maryland, UMBC, Johns Hopkins and Towson all ran or walked at the event.

Shown above: Four members of the Loyola swimming & diving team -- (from left) Ryan Shovlin, Tony Florida, Erin Thompson and Courtney Chenet -- received medals in their respective categories.