BALTIMORE, Md. - Junior Ben Cono won three individual races and contributed to the victorious 200-medley relay team to lead the Loyola University Maryland men's swimming and diving team to its second straight win, a 163-119 win over Colgate University. Meanwhile, the Loyola women's swimming and diving team also trimmed Colgate, 161-135 at the Mangione Aquatic Center on Saturday afternoon.
“It is great for both teams to be 2-0 against Patriot League teams,” said Loyola Coach Brian Loeffler. “The women's victory was especially satisfying because the last time the women swam Colgate, we lost on the last relay. I am especially happy for the women to come away with a win today."
Cono, the defending Patriot League champion in the 200-breaststroke, led the men's team to its win by taking first place in the 100-breaststroke (0:56.26), 200-breaststroke (2:11.20) and the 200 I.M. (1:58.13). He also teamed up with freshman Alex Munson, senior Zeke Wolfgang and junior Alec Sperandino to win the 200-medley relay (1:34.53).
For the second week in a row, Munson had an impressive meet for the Greyhounds. For the second time this season, he finished first in the 200-backstroke (1:59.10). The Olney, Maryland, native also took first place in the 200-free (1:44.78) and was part of the winning 200-medley relay. Munson was runner-up to Cono in the 200 I.M. (1:59.52).
In addition to swimming on the 200-medley relay, Wolfgang finished first in the 100-backstroke (0:53,61) and swam second in the 200-backstroke.
Junior Chris Cary contributed a first place finish in the 500-free (4:53.93) and took second place in the 200-free (1:47.60).
In the diving events, junior Sam Baluzy finished first on the one-meter board and placed second on the three-meter dive.
In the 1000-free, freshman John Sakovich finished second with a time of 1:55.94. Junior Alec Sperandino took seconds in the 100-backstroke (0:54.43) and the 100-free (0:49.3). Freshman Zac Metzler swam well in both butterfly races. Metzler was second in the 200-fly (1:56.63) and the 100-fly (0:53.33).
Freshman Jay Venit was runner-up in the 100-breaststroke (1:01.54) and the 200-breaststroke (2:17.29) while junior Phillip Jones was second in the 50-free (0:22.85).
Freshman Annie Hayburn led the women's team to its win over Colgate. She finished first in the 100-backstroke (0:59.58) and teamed up with Marie Clarkson, Devin Cronin and Gabrielle Clarkson to win the 200-medley relay. Hayburn was also second in the 200-backstroke (2:07.21) and the 200 I.M. (2:11.97).
The Greyhounds dominated the diving events, a key to their victory. Sophomore Lindsey Staszewski took first place in the one-meter dive and the three-meter dive. Junior Maggie Garrahan was second in both diving events while freshman Allison Echeverria was third on the one-meter board. Senior Samantha Freitas finished third on the three-meter board.
Freshman Megan Adlem finished first in the 200-backstroke (1:59.10) and took second in the 200-free (1:55.96).
In the 50-free, freshman Alden Coyne took first place with a time of 0:25.11 seconds. Senior Courtney Kenyon also added a first place finish as she won the 100-breaststroke (1:07.69) while Cronin was second (1:07.71).
Freshman Elizabeth Romano was runner-up in the 1000-free (10:51.17) while Marie Clarkson took second in the 100-back (1:00.02).
In the 200-breaststroke, senior Theresa McKellen finished second (2:29.14) as junior Maddie Myers took second in the 500-free (5:15.15). Junior Courtney Martin took second place in the 100-butterfly (1:00.16).
Loyola will be seeking its third straight victories when the Greyhounds host Lafayette on Saturday, October 22 at 1:00 p.m.