Swimming & Diving Sweeps The Mount On Senior Day
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland men's and women's swimming and diving celebrated their Class of 2018 on Saturday with a pair of victories against Mount St. Mary's University. The women's team scored a 139-93 win, while the men's side posted a 135-95 victory. The Loyola men's team opened the meet by taking first in the 200 medley relay as freshman Conor Rutigliano, junior John Callaghan, senior Chis Cary and senior Alec Speradino won with a time of 1:35.77, edging Mount St. Mary's by 0.08 second.
The Greyhounds swept the top four in the men's 200 freestyle as sophomore John Sakovich finished first (1:45.09) and was followed by freshman Colin Anderson (1:45.96), freshman Ben Amoreno (1:51.57) and sophomore Luca Dicapua (1:52.65).
Led by sophomore Zac Metzler, the Greyhounds swept the top four spots in the 100 backstroke, as well. Metzler finished first with a time of 55.44 while freshman Anthony Parrinello was second (58.07). Sophomore Jay Venit took third (58.33) while junior Ross Caudle place fourth (59.00).
Senior Ben Cono, who only competed in the 100 breaststrokestroke and the 200 free relay, won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 53.31. While Cono won the 100 breaststroke, freshman Patrick Clisham placed third (1:00.84).
Cary won the 200 butterfly for the Greyhounds (1:57.23), beating out teammate Richie Kogut (2:00.60).
In the 50 freestyle, Rutigliano took first place with a time of 22.39. Metzler and Xander Chan tied for second place (22.56) while senior Phillip Jones finished fourth (22.62).
The Greyhounds extended their lead in the one-meter diving as senior Adrian Halarewicz took first place with 232.65 points.
Freshman Brendon Kolar led a Loyola sweep in the 100 free as he won the event with a time of 48.47. Chan was second (49.06) and Jones finished third (50.47). Parrinello took fourth place (52.47).
Another freshman, Mark Boran, won the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:57.87. Dicapua was second (2:04.11) while senior G.J. Apostle took third (2:04.47).
With team result long decided, the Greyhounds competed as exhibition entries for the final six events.
Sakovich swam the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:15.92 and would have won the event.
Amoreno (4:59.16) and Boran (4:59.69) did well in the 500 free and would have finished one-two. Cary (51.97) and Dicapua (54.55) were the swimmers in the 100 fly while Halarewicz earned 217.57 points. In the 200 I.M., Rutigliano would have won the event with a time of 2:00.20 while Callaghan would have been second (2:02.14). Kogut swan the 200 I.M. with a time of 2:07.24, which would have been third.
The Greyhounds' 200 free relay team of Cono, Jones, Cary and Speradino swam the relay in a time of 1:26.21.
On the women's side, the Greyhounds also jumped out to a huge lead and competed in the final six events as exhibitions.
Junior Gabrielle Clarkson led the women's team with two first place finishes. In the 100 backstroke, she finished first with a time of 1:03.24. She also won the 50 free with a time of 25.27.
The women's team started the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay. Junior Grace Huckenpoehler teamed up with freshman Emma Schouten, sophomore Annie Hayburn and junior Amy Martinelli to win the event with a time of 1:50.81.
Schouten led the Greyhounds to a sweep in the 1000 free. She took first in the race with a time of 133.88 while sophomore Emily O'Halloran was second (11:18.39). Freshman Morgan Hall place third (11:24.15).
Clarkson led a sweep the 100 back as Huckenpoehler was second (1:03.70) and sophomore Stephie Riley was third (1:04.65).
In the 100 breaststroke, senior Maddie Myers finished first with a time of 1:10.60, edging Megan Dickey, who was second (1:10.82). Senior Kalie Coyne took third place (1:11.70) and her sister, Alden, was fourth (1:11.77).
Alden Coyne finished first in the 100 free (55.65) while Martinelli was second (56.49) and Egan took third (56.62).
Hayburn won the 200 backstroke (2:08.06) as she edged Romano (2:16.87).
Like the men, the women's team competed as exhibitions in the final six events.
If the results were counted, Schouten would have won the 200 breaststrokestroke (2:22.83) and the 500 free (5:15.18).
Hayburn (58.62) and Dickey (1:02.25) would have finished one-two in the 100 fly while Staszewski would have swept the diving events. She had 268.50 points on the one-meter board. Sophomore Lizzie Berta scored 202.81 points on the one-meter diving event.
With a time of 2:19.74, Romano would have been a second place finisher in the 200 I.M.
The Greyhounds closed out the meet with an impressive showing from their 200 free relay team. Dickey, Clarkson, Aly Pacitti and Martinelli posted a time of 1:42.05.
Loyola Maryland will join the rest of the conference at the Patriot League Championships at the U.S. Naval Academy from February 14 to February 17.