Swimming and Diving Hosts Thomas Murphy Invitational

Nov. 10, 2005

BALTIMORE, Md. - Coming off a great effort last weekend against Georgetown and Fairfield, the Greyhound men's and women's swimming and diving teams return to the Mangione Aquatic Center this weekend to host the annual Thomas Murphy Invitational. Friday's session begins at 5:00 p.m., while Saturday's sessions begin at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

The meet, which will be scored as dual meets, includes teams from Loyola, Howard, Johns Hopkins and the Virginia Military Instittute.

Now 3-2 on the season, the men's team earned a pair of wins over the Hoyas and the Stags on Saturday in a double dual meet. The Greyhounds defeated Georgetown by a slim 124-117 margin while handing Fairfield a 155-81 setback. Loyola has now won three straight after opening the season with losses to Navy and George Washington on October 15.

Junior Ryan Reeser led the Greyhounds to the wins on Saturday afternoon. He won three individual events and extended his win streak to five straight against the Hoyas and the Stags. He earned first place in the 200-free by touching the wall in 1:46.08 while taking the win in the 100-fly with a mark of :52.66. He completed his performance with a top finish in the 500-free, completing the race in 4:50.76.

Freshman Ernest Verrico also had a solid meet for the Greyhounds last weekend. He finished first in the 100-breast with a time of 1:01.85 while taking third place in the 200-individual medley (2:02.42) and fourth place in the 100-free (:49.71), which is his fastest time of the season in that event.

The women's team split a pair of decisions in the meet against Georgetown and Fairfield, upping its record to 2-3 on the young campaign. Loyola defeated the Stags by a commanding 157-86 score while dropping a tough 133.50-108.50 outcome to the Hoyas.

Junior Megan Sterback finished in first place in the one-meter diving event to lead the Greyhounds to the split on Saturday. She scored a season-high 230.30 points to take the victory while finishing second in the three-meter diving event with a season-best 227.35 points.

Freshman Victoria Kamauff also had a strong showing in the meet against Georgetown and Fairfield. She won the 500-free event with a time of 5:21.08 while helping Loyola take first place in the 400-free relay.Senior Chelsea Brace added a first-place finish in the 100-back with a mark of 1:01.72.

The Blue Jays return to action after competing in the Carnegie Mellon Invitational along with Emory over the weekend. The men's team took second in the meet while the women's team finished in third place.

Junior Ryan Kim finished in first place in the 200-back, recording a time of 1:53.60 while freshman Colin Kleinguetl earned second place in the 1650-free. In a double dual meet against Howard and Maryland two weeks ago, he earned a win in the 1000-free with a time of 9:45.58.

Junior Allie Foster finished in second place in 100-breaststroke at Carnegie Mellon after taking home first place against the Bison and the Terps. Freshman Kristin Cunningham earned a second-place showing in the 100-free, recording a mark of :54.68 for the Blue Jays.

The VMI men's team is off to a 0-1 start on the season after losing to Old Dominion by a 143-88 margin three weeks ago. Sophomore Jason Webb took first place in the 100-back with a time of :58.83 while freshman Trevor Stanco had an impressive college debut with a win in the 500-free (5:25). Junior Paul Sheldon earned a victory in the 100-breast with a mark of 1:07.

The Bison have competed against Towson, Maryland, Johns Hopkins and George Washington this season. Both Howard teams are 0-4 on the season after suffering losses to the Colonials last Saturday.

After this weekend's meet, the Greyhounds will be idle until the first weekend of December when they host the H2Ounds Invitational in the Mangione Aquatic Center. The meet will include teams from MAAC rivals Marist and Niagara in addition to Catholic University.