BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland sophomore Ben Cono was selected as the Team Unify/CollegeSwimming.com Swimmer of the Week for the Patriot League for the week of November 30-December 6, as announced by CollegeSwimming.com Tuesday.
Cono had a big week for the Greyhounds, as he won five events, turned in a pair NCAA B cut times, broke two school records and replaced one pool record to lead Loyola to a sweep of its former Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference foes, Iona (249-101), Marist (184-182) and Saint Peter’s (277-58), at the annual H2ounds Invitational Friday and Saturday at Mangione Pool.
A native of Smithtown, New York, Cono started the two-day meet by teaming with Zeke Wolfgang, Rich Mueller and Madison Hardimon for a win in the 400 medley relay. The quartet touched in 3:20.43, marking the fourth-best performance in school history.
Cono later led a one-two-three finish for Loyola in the 200 IM, touching the wall in 1:51.72 to record the second-fastest finish by a Greyhound of all time.
On Saturday, Cono broke his own school record in the 100 breaststroke by bettering his already-NCAA B cut time in the event, touching in 53.53. His finish also broke Loyola’s Mangione Pool record previously held by Georgetown Prep’s Carsten Vissering at 54.09 from 2015.
Cono followed that up with a win in the 200 medley relay, as he joined Wolfgang, Mueller and North Woods for a winning time of 1:33.17, before becoming the first Greyhound to break two minutes in the 200 breast. Cono won the event in 1:57.97 to replace Matt Fralinger’s time of 2:00.54 from 2009 atop the school record boards.
For the season, Cono, a two-time Patriot League Swimmer of the Week, leads the League in the 100 breast and is ranked tied for 22nd nationally, while he’s second in the Patriot League in the 200 breast and 31st in the NCAA.
Loyola will return to action after the New Year when it travels to Lehigh for a dual meet on Saturday, Jan. 16. Events are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.