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Swimming and Diving Hosts H2Ounds Invitational

Dec. 1, 2005

BALTIMORE, Md. - After nearly three weeks since their last competition, the Greyhound swimming and diving teams return to action this weekend by hosting the annual H2Ounds Invitational at the Mangione Aquatic Center.

Loyola hosts a pair of MAAC rivals in Marist and Niagara while entertaining Division III Catholic University. The meet begins on Friday afternoon with a session at 5:00 p.m. before wrapping up on Saturday with sessions at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

The men's team is off to a 5-3 start on the season after earning a pair of victories in the Thomas Murphy Invitational on November 12 while the women's team earned a split. Now 3-4 on the year, the women's team defeated Howard while suffering a loss to local rival Johns Hopkins.

Junior diver Megan Sterback led the Greyhounds in the Thomas Murphy Invitational three weeks ago. She set a new school record in the three-meter diving event by scoring 418.50 points, shattering the previous mark set 18 years ago. She nearly broke the one-meter diving mark and finished first to complete the sweep. Sterback was named as the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Diver of the Week for the second time this season for her efforts.

Freshman Victoria Kamauff also had an impressive showing at the Thomas Murphy Invitational. She finished in first place in the 100 back while taking third place in 200 back. She ended the meet with a fourth-place finish in the 100 fly.

The Loyola men were led by junior Ryan Reeser , who earned three individual victories in the meet against Howard, VMI and Johns Hopkins. He took first place in the 500 free with a time of 4:47.11 before earning a victory in the 100 free by touching the wall in :47.73. Reeser completed the 200 free in a time of 1:47.56 to earn his third victory of the meet. He has won eight of his last nine individual events dating back to October 28 against Providence.

The Red Foxes are off to a stellar start to the 2005-2006 season. With an undefeated record, the women's squad is perfect in conference action after earning a 140.5-91.5 victory over Iona on November 15. Senior Meghan Duffy earned her second conference Diver of the Week accolade after winning both diving events against the Gaels. She scored 267.35 points in the one-meter diving event while tallying 285.45 points in the three-meter event.

Sophomore Jamie Falco earned a pair of wins in the 200 free and 500 free while freshman Savannah Puca took first place in the 200 individual medley and the 200 fly.

The Marist men's team has won two straight after a 135-92 victory over Iona on November 15. Sophomore Devon O'Nalty was named the MAAC Diver of the Week after earning a pair of victories over the Gaels. He scored 248.70 points in the one-meter diving event while earning 285.45 points in the three-meter event. As a team, the Red Foxes won seven of the 13 events in the meet.

The Purple Eagle women's squad is 3-3 on the season after earning three wins against Manhattan, Canisius and Saint Peter's on November 12. Freshman Hope Wiles earned a pair of wins in the 200 free and the 500 free while junior Heather Link took first place in the 100 back.

Now 4-1 on the season, the Niagara men earned a pair of victories over Canisius and Saint Peter's on November 12 to improve to a perfect 3-0 in conference meets. Freshman Ray DeWire was one of three Purple Eagles to earn a pair of victories, taking first place in the 500 free and 1000 free. Freshman Zak Brown also earned victories in the 100 free and 200 free events, while Dave Germain swept both diving events.

The Catholic Cardinals have faced five Division I opponents this season, including this weekend's meet. The women's squad earned its first wins of the year after sweeping St. Mary's and York College on November 19. Freshman Leigh Ann Scoppetuolo set a school record in the 1000 free while sophomore Caroline Casey took victories in the 200 free and 500 free.

The Cardinal men's squad was led by sophomore Reik Foust in its win over St. Mary's on November 19. He finished in first place in the 1000 free and 500 free events to lead Catholic.