Swimming and Diving Opens Home Slate On Friday

Oct. 27, 2005

BALTIMORE, Md. - Returning to meet action for the first time in nearly two weeks, the Greyhound swimming and diving teams begin the home portion of their home schedules on Friday night when they host Providence College at the Mangione Aquatic Center.

Friday's meet will be the first of six regular season home meets for the Greyhounds, including a pair of invitational meets. Loyola will also host the 2006 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships from February 16-18 for the sixth straight season.

Now 0-2 on the season, both teams are coming off a pair of losses to Navy and George Washington on October 15 in Annapolis. The women's team suffered a 184-116 loss to the Colonials while being handed a 211-84 defeat to the host Midshipmen. Meanwhile, the men's team lost to GW by a 195-85 margin and lost by 219.50-69.50 to Navy.

The Greyhounds had several school record-breaking performances in the season opener. Junior Michele Ryan broke a 16-year-old record in the 200 meter butterfly, finishing in fifth place with a time of 2:33.09. She was also part of the 200 meter medley relay team which barely missed setting a new school mark with a fourth place time of 2:09.22.

Junior Ryan Reeser eclipsed his own school record in the 200 meter free, finishing in third place with a time of 1:56.77. He set the record last season with a time of 1:57.12. Reeser also finished in third place in the 50 meter free (:24.59) and in fourth place in the 100 meter free (:53.91).

In addition, both the men's and women's 800 meter free relay teams broke school meters records. The men's squad, which included Reeser, finished in second place with a time of 8:16.17 to break the school standard. Meanwhile, the women's squad set the 800 meter free relay mark with a time of 9:15.04, earning second place in the race behind George Washington.

Sophomore Megen Hadley finished in fourth place in the 800 meter free (9:43.13) while earning a similar fourth place result in the 400 meter free (4:43.34). Junior Nori Skoda earned fourth place in the 200 meter breaststroke with a mark of 2:49.58 while taking fourth place in 100 meter breaststroke with a time of 1:19.08.

The Friars' women's team is off to a 1-0 start to the season after defeating Fairfield last Saturday by a 138-106 count. Junior Annie Nemeth finished in first place in two events to lead Providence to the victory. She won the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:31.57 while taking the win in the 100 meter breaststroke in 1:18.21. Freshman Blair Flynn had a solid college debut by winning the 100 meter backstroke.

The Friars' men's team also opened its season with a victory over Fairfield on Saturday afternoon. Providence used a pair of individual wins from senior Seth Brockman to earn a 123-113 victory over the Stags. He finished in first place in the 400 meter and 800 meter freestyle events while also helping the 400 meter free relay team take first place.

Junior Andrew Zockoff also won a pair of individual events for the visiting Friars, taking first place in the 200 meter individual medley and the 100 meter breaststroke. He teamed with Brockman to aid in winning the 400 free relay event.

The Greyhounds return home next Saturday afternoon when they host Georgetown and Fairfield at the Mangione Aquatic Center.