Swimming & Diving Teams Sweep American To Open Season
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Competing in her first collegiate meet, freshman Megan Dickey won the 50-free and the 100-free and led two relay teams to victory as the Loyola University Maryland women’s swimming and diving team opened its season with a tight 157-142 victory over American University at the Reeves Aquatic Complex on Friday evening. The men’s team also won its season-opener over the Eagles, 187-111.
"What a great meet to open up the season with; our women were tested the entire way, and I was very excited to see them compete in a pressure situation," said Head Coach Brian Loeffler. “The men look very deep this year with a large group of the freshman having good swims tonight."
In the women’s meet, Dickey finished first in the 50-free (24:56) and the 100-free (54:01). She also swam the third leg of the 200-free relay as the Greyhounds won the event with a time of 1:38.12. In the 200-medley relay, Dickey swam the final leg as Loyola took first place (1:47.8).
The Greyhounds’ relay teams were instrumental in their win over American. While freshman Emma Schouten, junior Gabby Clarkson and sophomore Devin Cronin joined Dickey to finish first in the 200-free relay, freshman Emily Moyher, junior Brooke Sharkey, junior Aly Pacitti and sophomore Alden Coyne helped the “B” team finish third.
Loyola relay teams also finished first and third in the 200-medley relay. Sophomore Megan Adlem, sophomore Annie Hayburn, Schouten and Dickey led Loyola to first place. Senior Jenna Egan, junior Grace Huckenpoehler, Cronin and Clarkson guided the B team to a third place showing (1:50.43), just 0.43 seconds out of second place.
Hayburn, who was the Greyhounds’ Most Valuable Swimmer as a freshman, took first place in the 100-butterfly (0:57.86) and the 200-backstroke (2:06.54). She also finished second in the 100-backstroke (2:16.64).
Cronin and Schouten dominated the breaststroke events as they took the top two spots in each race. Cronin won the 100-breaststroke in a pool-record time of 1:04.4, edging Schouten (1:05.44) for first place. The two teammates switched places in the 200-breaststroke as Schouten took first place in 2:20.97, only two-hundredths of a second off Loyola’s school record, while Cronin posted a time of 2:21.90.
Senior Maddy Myers contributed to the Greyhounds’ cause with three top-three finishes. She was runner-up in the 500-free (5:17.04) and the 400 Individual Medley (4:43.42). Myers was also third in the 200-fly (2:11.82).
Freshman Alexa Stewart also finished second in the 1000-free (11:03.06).
In the diving events, junior Lindsey Staszewski took second on the one-meter board (232.12) and the three-meter board (244.65).
Seniors Ben Cono and Alec Speradino led the men’s team to its win on Friday. An All-Patriot League First Team selection and NCAA qualifier the last two seasons, Cono finished first in the 100-breaststroke (56.10) and the 200-breaststroke (2:12.02). Speradino won the 50-free (21.80) and the 100-free (48.72).
Cono and Speradino also helped the 200-free relay team and the 200-medley relay teams to first-place finishes, too. In the 200-free relay, the two seniors were joined by freshmen Brendon Kolar and Colin Anderson as they finished first (1:29.22). The Greyhounds’ “B” team of Alex Chan, Patrick Clisham, Jay Venit and Phillip Jones finished second.
Chan joined Speradino, Cono and Anderson on the 200-medley relay team that won the event with a time of 1:36.5. Once again, the Greyhounds “B” team finished second as Mark Boran, Zac Metzler and John Callaghan joined Clisham to take second with a time of 1:38.35.
In the 50-free and the 100-free, Speradino led a sweep of the top three places. Clisham was second in each race while Anderson was third in the 50-free and Brendon Kolar took third in the 100-free.
Freshman Mark Boran swam two strong races in the backstroke events. He won the 100-backstroke with a time of 0:54.19. Then, he finished second in the 200-backstroke (2:00.47). Boran also finished third in the 400 Individual Medley
Callaghan helped the Greyhounds’ cause in the 100-breast and 200-breast, finishing second behind Cono in each race. Austin Lee finished third in the 100-breast while Venit took third in the 200-breast. Callaghan also took second place in the 400 Individual Medley (4:34.37).
Metzler was runner-up in the butterfly events. He was second in the 100-fly (52.98) and took second in the 200-fly (1:58.59). Anderson also finished third in the 100-fly.
Kolar was Loyola’s top finisher in the 200-free as he took third place (1:50.98). Senior Andrew Mann took second place in the 1000-free (10:12.38) and was third in the 500-free (5:02.98).
In the diving events, senior Sam Baluzy finished first on the one-meter board (254.70) and the three-meter board (265.65). Senior Adrian Halarewicz was also second on both boards with scores of 164.70 and 180.10.
After tomorrow’s Green vs. Grey Meet, Loyola returns to action on Saturday, October 14 with a 1:00 p.m. meet at Colgate University.