Cono Wins 3rd-Straight 100 Breaststroke Title At Patriot League Championships
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Ben Cono won his third-straight Patriot League 100 breaststroke title on Friday night, leading the race from start-to-finish to win in school- and conference-record setting time.
The Greyhounds completed a top-two sweep of the event as John Callaghan fought off the U.S. Naval Academy's Chris Bondarowicz by 14-hundredths of a second to take second in 54.65.
Cono got off quickly in the race and led by a body-length from the first turn on, pulling away to finish in 52.21, breaking his own school, Patriot League and Patriot League Championships records in the process. Earlier this year, he set the school and conference records with a time of 52.27 at the H2ounds Invitational, a mark that ranked fourth in NCAA Division I entering this weekend.
Both Cono and Callaghan improved their NCAA 'B' Cut times in the race.
Devin Cronin also set a school record on Friday night, her second of the day in the 100 breaststroke. In the morning's preliminaries, she swam 1:03.22 to take down her own mark, and she went even faster in the final, touching the wall in 1:03.16 to place fifth.
Emma Schouten was right behind Cronin in the race, placing sixth in 1:03.62.
After three days of the Patriot League Championships, the men's team is in fifth place with 213.5 points,and the women are sixth with 188.5.
Emily Koegl, who set a school record in the 200 individual medley on Thursday, recorded a new mark in the 100 butterfly twice on Friday. First, she swam 55.76 in the preliminaries to trim the previous best of 56.27 set in February 2017 by Anne Hayburn. In the night's finals, she raced to a time of 55.57 to win the 'B' final and finish ninth overall.
Madalyn Myers entered the finals with the 13th seed out of the preliminary swims, but she moved up three spots to take 10th in the finals with a time of 4:27.78.
On the men's side, Loyola held off Lehigh University to claim fifth in 1:22.43. Patrick Clisham, Colin Anderson, Cono and Sperandio edged the Mountain Hawks by 12-hundredths of a second.
In the preliminaries, Cono broke the Patriot League Championships Meet record, clocking the morning's best time (52.73). The time bettered his performance from 2017 bye one-tenth of a second.
Kalie Coyne and Emily O'Halloran also logged top-25 finishes in the women's 400 individual medley. Coyne took 22nd in 4:41.53 and 4:41.95. Andrew Mann was the men's top finisher in the event, swimming 4:12.20 to take 23rd, while Joshua Gluck was a spot behind in 4:12.37.
Hayburn finished 20th in the women's 100 butterfly preliminaries (56.57), while Grace Huckenpoehler was 22nd (56.74).
Conor Rutigliano just missed the 100 butterfly finals, swimming 49.82 to take 17th, and Zachary Metzler was 19th (50.12). Patrick Clisham led a contingent that included Chris Cary and Richard Kogut finishing 22nd, 23rd and 24th.
Brooke Sharkey was the women's top finisher in the 200 freestyle, coming in 18th with a time of 1:53.65. Dickey was one spot back in 1:54.07. Brendan Kolar went 1:42.24 in the men's 200 freestyle for a 20th-place finish, while John Sakovich was 29th (1:44.77), and Ben Amoreno 30th (1:45.74).
Alden Coyne was 18th in the women's 100 breaststroke (1:07.88), while her sister, Kalie, finished a spot behind in 1:08.23.
Hayburn was 19th in the women's 100 backstroke (57.19), and Jenna Egan took 26th in the event (58.57).
The Championships wrap up on Saturday, February 17, starting with women's diving preliminaries at 1 p.m. Finals start at 6:10 p.m.