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Swimming & Diving Inks Seven To Letters Of Intent

Nov. 26, 2007

Baltimore, Md. - The Loyola men's and women's swimming and diving programs have signed seven newcomers to national letters of intent, the Greyhounds announced today. Among the recruits are one male and six women who will join the team in 2008-09.

Michael DiNapoli is the lone male addition to the Greyhounds. A Saddle River, N.J. native, DiNapoli swam at Bergen Catholic High School and for the Bergen Barracudas club team where he posted times of 22.18 in the 50 Free, 47.85 in the 100 Free, 1:45.48 in the 200 Free, 55.72 in the 100 Back and 1:58.86 in the 200 Back.

"As we lose a strong class of seniors this year, Mike will be able to plug holes for us in the sprint freestyle and backstroke events," says Loyola Coach Brian Loeffler. "I am looking forward to seeing him continue his progress as a Greyhound."

The women recruits include Meghan Barry from Rockville, Md., Lauren Mari from Middletown, N.J., Carissa McStay from Flanders, N.J., Jean Murphy from Chester, N.Y., Courtney Trivino from Caldwell, N.J., and Caitlin Winkler from Forest Hills, N.Y.

"This is the largest group of women we have ever signed to early national letters of intent," says Coach Loeffler. "This speaks volumes as to the quality of student-athletes we are attracting to the team. These additions will provide tremendous talent and depth to an already strong women's team. These young women will have a significant impact our ability to win a conference title."

Barry swam at the Academy of the Holy Cross and competed for Curl-Burke Swim Club. Her top times and events include the 50 Free (25.10), the 100 Free (55.60), the 200 Free (1:59.55), and the 100 Back (1:01.58).

"Meghan comes from a strong family of elite swimmers," says Coach Loeffler. "Her mother Monica was a standout swimmer at American University, and I had the pleasure of being teammates with her uncles Tim and Chris Lynch. Swimming is definitely in her genes. Her best 100 back time would put her in our current Top Five Times. She also will provide addition strength in our sprint free events."

Mari comes from Middletown High School North and the Red Bank YMCA club team. She has posted time of 24:45 in the 50 Free, 53.62 in the 100 Free, 1:58.73 in the 200 Free and 1:01.48 in the 100 Fly.

"The addition of Lauren will strengthen our sprinting group," adds Coach Loeffler. "Her 50 and 100 times are near school records. This will dramatically improve our 200, 400 and 800 free relays as she will compete for legs on each of them. She also has a fast 100 fly which should provide additional options for us in dual meets."

McStay swam at Mount Olive High School and for the West Morris YMCA club team. She has competed and posted impressive numbers in a number of events that include the 50 Free (25.43), 100 Free (55.49), 200 Free (1:58.50), 500 Free (5:14.03), 100 Back (58.64), 200 Back (2:10.78), 100 Breast (1:09.05), 200 Breast (2:28.18), 200 IM (2:11.07), and the 400 IM 4:35.43.

"Carissa joining the team adds another versatile swimmer for next fall," says Coach Loeffler. "She will have the ability to challenge school records in many events next year. Her current times in the 100 back, 400 IM and 200 IM would yield her new school records, while her 500 free, 200 breast and 200 back would also be top five times for us."

Murphy comes from Warwick High School and also swam with the Aqua Gems Swim Club, where top events include the 100 Breaststroke (1:06.86) and 200 Breaststroke (2:28.46).

"Having Jean join the team adds a top flight breaststroker," says Loeffler. "Her best time in the 100 would eclipse our current school record, while her 200 time would be third fastest overall. Our medley relays just got a lot faster with Jean pushing our current team members for the breaststroke leg."

Trivino swam at James Caldwell High School and for the Cougar Aquatic Team at the club level. Her top events include the 200 Breast (2:30.25), 100 Back (1:00.99), 200 Back (2:11.43), 100 Fly (1:00.43), 200 Fly (2:13.02), 200 IM (2:11.05), and 400 IM (4:38.80).

"Courtney will be a very dynamic swimmer for us next year," says Loeffler. "She can compete in 200 Breast, 100 and 200 Back, 100 and 200 Fly, and 200 and 400 IM. This will allow us many options when preparing meet lineups. She has a top five time in each one of these events."

Winkler, who swam at Archbishop Molloy High School and competed for New York City Aquatic Club, has posted times of 1:59.48 in the 200 Free, 5:09.90 in the 500 Free, 10:36.14 in the 1000 Free and 17:42.67 in the 1650.

"Caitlin will help to solidify our distance events next year as we lose Megen Hadley to graduation," said Coach Loeffler. "I anticipate she will challenge all our distance free records in her freshman year. Her 1000 free time is currently faster then our school record and her 500 and mile times are only a few seconds off."