Dec. 27, 2011
EDISON, N.J. - Loyola University Maryland swimmer Tony Florida has been named this week's MAAC Student-Athlete of the Week. Florida, a senior from Reading, Pa., has been honored for his accomplishments both in and out of the pool.
Florida helped the Greyhounds' men's swimming and diving team to a sweep of conference foes Iona, Marist and Saint Peter's in the team's MAAC opener on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3. Florida swam the anchor leg on both the 400-yard medley and 800-yard freestyle relays that were victorious. Loyola's 400-yard medley relay clocked in at 3:28.88, while the 800-yard freestyle quartet combined for a time of 6:59.12.
Florida has also been on two other winning relay teams this season. The 800-yard freestyle team of junior Ryan Shovlin, junior Brennan Morris and senior Patrick Mukri combined to win the Thomas Murphy Invitational, touching in a time of 6:57.98 to beat Johns Hopkins and Saint Francis (Pa.).
In addition, the Greyhounds' 400-yard freestyle squad of Florida, Morris, Mukri and junior Jeffrey Rowe was victorious as the Thomas Murphy Invitational, finishing in 3:09.67.
Prior to the start of the final event at that meet, Florida was named the recipient of the 2011 Thomas Murphy Scholarship. The award, named in memory of the former Loyola swimming and diving coach, is given yearly to a member of the team who exhibits excellence in academics and character.
The Greyhounds will return to action after the New Year, as they head to Lawrenceville, N.J., on Saturday, Jan. 14 to take on Rider at 1 p.m.