Annual H2Ounds Invitational Set For This Weekend

Dec. 4, 2008

Baltimore, Md. - Loyola's swimming and diving teams return to action this weekend when they host their annual H2Ounds Invitational this Friday and Saturday at the Mangione Aquatic Center. The Greyhounds will face conference rival Marist, as well as Delaware and the Villanova men for a two-day meet starting at 5 p.m. on Friday.

Coming into this meet, both Loyola men's and women's teams face tough competition from MAAC opponent Marist. The Red Foxes are the defending men's and women's MAAC Champions.

At last year's event, the Loyola men's team defeated Marist for the first time in school history, posting two relay Top-5 times at Saturday's meet and four first-place finishes. Sophomore Jake Swiggett also broke a Loyola school record in the 200 Back with a time of 1:55:80.

The men also claimed victory over Delaware last year and will face Villanova for the first time under Coach Brian Loeffler.

"The men's meet will be the most competitive meet we have swum in all season," Loeffler said. "All four men's teams are capable of beating each other."

Although the Loyola women's team was unable to win against Marist and Delaware at the Invitational last year, they only lost by 10 points to defending MAAC Champion Marist, and had solid victories in two relay events. Junior Melissa White, sophomore Kim Krzaczek, sophomore Caitlin Cassidy and junior Megan Royer broke the Loyola school record in the 200 Medley Relay, followed by a first place finish in the 400 Free Relay with senior Tori Kamauff, along with White, Royer and Cassidy.

"We are still looking for our first win for the women against Delaware and Marist. Our freshman class should help us to find the 10 points we lost to them by last year."

This will be the fourth-consecutive year the Hounds have hosted this event.