Divers Post Victories For Swimming & Diving At Thomas Murphy Invitational
BALTIMORE - Divers Lindsey Staszewski and Sam Baluzy turned in strong performances to lead the Loyola University Maryland women’s and men’s swimming teams on the first day of the Thomas Murphy Invitational at the Mangione Pool on Friday afternoon.
After the first day of competition, both Loyola teams are third. In the women’s competition, Johns Hopkins University stands first with 298 points while West Chester is second with 279 points. The Greyhound women’s team is third with 233 points while Drexel University is fourth with 222 points.
In the men’s standings, Drexel stands first with 325.5 points, just ahead of Johns Hopkins with 291.5 points. Loyola is tied for third with West Chester with 213.5 points.
Staszewski led an impressive performance on the one-meter diving board. She won the event with 255.75 points, edging Nadia Mulder of West Chester by 13.25 points. Senior Maggie Garrahan placed fourth with 192.10 points, while sophomore Lizzie Berta placed fifth with 151.70 points. Senior Katie Ray took sixth place (144.25) as the Greyhound divers scored 62 points.
In the three-meter diving event, Baluzy finished first with 264.15 points. Senior Adrian Halarewicz placed seventh with 181.45 points.
The women’s team started the meet with a fourth place in 400 medley relay as sophomore Annie Hayburn, sophomore Devin Cronin, junior Grace Huckenpoehler and freshman Megan Dickey finished with a time of 3:57.50.
Cronin came back and turned in a strong effort in the 200 I.M. She finished third with a time of 2:09.65. Sophomore Emily O’Halloran finished 16th in the 200 I.M. with a time of 2:14.57, and junior Brooke Sharkey claimed 20th place (2:15.41).
In the 50 freestyle, Dickey finished second with a time of 24.32 seconds, less than second behind senior Morgan Haney of West Chester (23.64). Sophomore Emily Koegl also scored for the Greyhounds as she placed 12th (25.05). Junior Gabrielle Clarkson was 16th (25.20) and junior Ally Pacitti (25.66) finished 20th.
Senior Alyssa Gialamas of Loyola broke her own S5 American Paralympic record with a time of 41.28 seconds in the 50 freestyle. She had set the old mark at the ECAC Championship Meet last March.
In the 800 freestyle relay, Schouten, Myers, Hayburn and Pacitti took fifth place with a time of 7:55.51.
In the men’s competition, the Greyhounds finished fourth in the 400 medley relay. Sophomore Alec Speradino, senior Ben Cono, sophomore Zac Metzler and freshman Pat Clisham swam the race in a time of 3:27.29.
Cono, the Patriot League Swimmer of the Week last week, finished fourth in the 200 I.M. with a time of 1:55.86. Senior Chris Cary was 15th (1:59.21) while freshman John Gluck took 19th place (2:00.86) in the 200 I.M.
Speradino, Clisham and freshman Colin Anderson turned in top ten finishes in the 50 freestyle. Speradino finished third with a time of 21.50, just 0.18 seconds behind freshman Kiran Richardson of Drexel (21.32), who won the event. Clisham placed sixth (21.75) and Anderson took tenth place (21.97). Sophomore Xander Chan also scored for the Greyhounds as he tied for 14th place (22.37). Senior Philip Jones took 18th place (22.50).
In the final event of the first day, the Greyhounds’ 800 freestyle relay team placed sixth. Anderson, freshman Brendon Kolar, Cary and Metzler had a time of 7:13.51. Loyola’s other entry in the 800 freestyle relay took seventh with a time of 7:17.79. Mann, Sakovich, John Callaghan and Chan made up Loyola’s second entry.
The Thomas Murphy Invitational resumes on Saturday at the Mangione Pool at the Fitness and Aquatic Center at 10:00 a.m.