Cono Wins Three; Cronin, Hayburn Take Two Each For Swimming & Diving
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Although senior Ben Cono of the Loyola University men's swimming team won three individual events and swam on the victorious 400 medley relay team, both the men's team and the women's team lost to Lehigh University at Jacobs Pool on Saturday afternoon.
The men's team dropped a 161-133 decision to the Mountain Hawks while the women's squad lost to Lehigh, 174-126 as the women's team tasted defeat for the first time this season.
The Greyhound men's team started the meet by winning the 400 medley relay as Alec Speradino, Cono, Zac Metzler and Colin Anderson posted a time of 3:29.68.
Cono led a top-three sweep by the Greyhounds in the 100 breaststroke. He won the race with a time of :56.50, tying the pool record he set in 2015. He was followed by John Callaghan (1:00.23) and Jay Venit (1:01.41).
Cono also finished first in the 200 breaststroke (2:05.27) while Callaghan finished second (2:13.11). Cono also picked up a first place finish in the 200 individual medley, winning the event with a time of 1:58.59.
Sophomore Zac Metzler did well in the butterfly events, winning the 200 with a time of 1:54.89 and finishing second in the 100 (52.43).
Senior Alec Speradino turned in a pair of third-place finishes in the 50 free (21.88) and the 100 free (48.06). Freshman Conor Rutigliano excelled in the 100 backstroke (54.05) to take second place.
Senior diver Sam Baluzy finished first in the 3-meter event with 257.18 points while Adrian Halarewicz was third (191.32). Baluzy was runner-up in the 1-meter diving with 221.77 points as Halarewicz finished third (189.95). Freshman Ben Amoreno took third place in the 1000 free (10:08.09), while Anderson was fourth in the 200 free (1:48.72).
In the women's competition, sophomores Devin Cronin and Anne Hayburn each won two events and were part of the winning 400 medley relay team. Cronin and Hayburn joined Megan Adlem and freshman Megan Dickey to win the opening relay (3:55.09).
Cronin won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:04.79, just ahead of freshman Emma Schouten (1:06.45). In the 200 breaststroke, Schouten and Cronin switched places with Schouten winning the event with a time of 2:21.99 and Cronin placing second (2:22.47).
Cronin also won the 200 inidvidual medley (2:09.88), and Schouten took third place in the 200 free (1:57.54).
Hayburn finished first in the 200 backstroke (2:06.20) and the 100 butterfly (:58.20). She also finished fourth in the 100 backstroke (0:58.65).
Senior Maddie Myers finished second in the 200 butterfly (2:09.83) while Grace Huckenpoehler was third (2:11.07). Dickey finished second in the 50 free (24.63) and was third in the 100 free (53.20).
Junior diver Lindsey Staszewski had a first-place finish on the 3-meter board (262.72) and was second on the 1-meter board (244.42). Maggie Garrahan earned a third place finish in the 3-meter event (219.15) and was fourth in the 1-meter (218.10).
Loyola returns home next weekend for one of the highlights of the season, the Thomas Murphy Invitational. Competition starts on Friday, November 3 at 5:00 p.m. and resumes on Saturday, November 4 at 10:00 a.m.
Drexel, West Chester and Johns Hopkins will join the Greyhounds at next weekend's meet.