Men And Women Picked Sixth And Seventh In S&D Preseason Poll

Oct. 3, 2013

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Loyola University Maryland men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have been selected to finish sixth and seventh, respectively, in the Preseason Polls released by the league office Thursday.

Coming off its second-straight sweep at the Patriot League Championships, Navy was named the favorite in both the men’s and women’s preseason polls with 160 points and 16 first-place votes.

In the men’s poll, league newcomer Boston University took second with 141 points and three first-place votes, while 2013 championship runner-up Army was third with 137 points and the last remaining first-place vote. Bucknell came in fourth with 110 points, with Lehigh close behind with 100 points in fifth place. Loyola finished sixth with 68 points, while American (seventh, 60 points), Colgate (eighth, 57), Lafayette (ninth, 49) and Holy Cross (10th, 18) rounded out the men’s balloting.

Just as in the men’s poll, the Terriers claimed second in the women’s balloting with 140 points and four first-place votes. Third place went to Bucknell with 127 points, while Colgate claimed fourth with 113. Army eclipsed the century mark in points to claim fifth in the poll with 101. The rest of the poll featured Lehigh (sixth, 77 points), Loyola (seventh, 76), Lafayette (eighth, 49), American (ninth, 39) and Holy Cross (10th, 18).

With the Patriot League adding two additional members for the 2013-14 academic year, the swimming and diving championships have expanded to an additional half-day of competition.

Navy will host the 2014 Patriot League Championships at Lejeune Hall in Annapolis, Md., from Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 19-22. 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.

A full schedule of events for the championships will be announced at a later date.

2013 Patriot League Preseason Polls
1. Navy (160 points, 16 first-place votes)
2. Boston University (141, 3)
3. Army (137, 1)
4. Bucknell (110)
5. Lehigh (100)
6. Loyola (68)
7. American (60)
8. Colgate (57)
9. Lafayette (49)
10. Holy Cross (18) 

1. Navy (160 points, 16)
2. Boston U. (140, 4)
3. Bucknell (127)
4. Colgate (113)
5. Army (101)
6. Lehigh (77)
7. Loyola (76)
8. Lafayette (49)
9. American (39)
10. Holy Cross (18)