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Loyola Picked Sixth And Seventh In Patriot League S&D Polls

Oct. 2, 2014 CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Loyola University Maryland men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams were picked to finish sixth and seventh, respectively, in the Patriot League Preseason Swimming and Diving Polls, as announced by the league office Thursday. The polls were voted on by the league's 10 head coaches and swimming and diving sports information directors who could not vote for their own teams. 
 
Navy picked up all 16 first-place votes possible and 160 points on both the men’s and women’s sides, while Boston University also checked in second on both sides. For the men, the Terriers collected 137 points to edge Army, which earned four first-place votes and 136 points, out of second place. Bucknell was fourth at 117 points, while Lehigh collected 100 points, to rank fifth. The Greyhounds, ranked sixth, earned 69 points, while Lafayette (61 points), American (53), Colgate (48) and Holy Cross (19) rounded out the poll. 
 
Behind Navy and Boston University (141 points and two first-place votes) on the women’s side, Bucknell checked in third with two first-place votes and 132 points, while Army was fourth at 11 points and Lehigh was fifth with 96 points. Colgate was picked sixth (83 points), followed by Loyola (71), American (44), Lafayette (43) and Holy Cross (18).
 
The 2015 Patriot League Swimming & Diving Championships return to Bucknell’s Kinney Natatorium in Lewisburg, Pa. from Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 18-21. Wednesday’s single session will begin at 6 p.m., while Thursday, Friday and Saturday will follow the same schedule as in past years. Trials will begin at 10:30 a.m., and the evening sessions start at 6 p.m. 
 
The Greyhounds will open their season on Friday, Oct. 10 in a two-day meet with American, Catholic and George Washington. Friday’s competition will begin at 5 p.m., at the Mangione Pool at Loyola’s Fitness and Aquatic Center, while Saturday’s two sessions will be held at American. The first session will begin at noon, followed by the second at 5 p.m. 

2014-15 Patriot League Men's Preseason Poll
1. Navy - 160 points (16 first-place votes)
2. Boston University - 137
3. Army - 136 (4)
4. Bucknell - 117
5. Lehigh - 100
6. Loyola - 69
7. Lafayette - 61
8. American - 53
9. Colgate - 48
10. Holy Cross - 19

2014-15 Patriot League Women's Preseason Poll
1. Navy - 160 points (16 first-place votes)
2. Boston University - 141 (2)
3. Bucknell (2)
4. Army - 112
5. Lehigh - 96
6. Colgate - 83
7. Loyola - 71
8. American - 44
9. Lafayette - 43
10. Holy Cross - 18