Cono Swims NCAA `B' Standard As Swimming & Diving Sweeps
BALTIMORE - Ben Cono won the 100-yard breaststroke Saturday in an NCAA qualifying time (53.59) with a mark that ranks in the top-five nationally entering this weekend's competition. The Loyola University Maryland men beat visiting Howard University, 124-99, and the Greyhounds' women downed the Bison, 121-74.
Cono jumped out to a big lead in the first 50 yards of the 100 breaststroke, making the turn in 25.14 seconds. He then swam 28.45 in the second half of the race to knock more than a second off his previous season-best time.
His time of 53.59 ranks fifth in the nation as of Saturday afternoon, just ahead of the 53.70 posted by Texas A&M's Mauro Castillo Luna; it is also an NCAA `B' Standard.
Both the men and women opened the meet with victories in the 200-yard medley relays. The women's squad -- Emily Koegl, Devin Cronin, Anne Hayburn and Megan Dickey -- swam 1:49.15, while the men's team -- Alec Sperandio, Jay Venit, Colin Anderson and Philip Jones -- then posted a winning time of 1:36.79.
Grace Huckenpoehler and Elizabeth Verzella finished one-two in the 1,000-yard freestyle for the women, finishing in 11:33.37 and 11:51.87, respectively. Ben Amoreno came in second in the men's long-distance race, finishing in 10:20.70.
Elizabeth Romano and Alexa Stewart then had the top-two finishes in the 200-yard freestyle, 2:01.56 and 2:02.26, respectively. Zac Metzler (1:47.44) and Andrew Mann (1:48.41) were second and third in the men's 200 freestyle.
Megan Dickey (25.00) and Patrick Clisham (21.98) won the women's and men's 50-yard freestyles for the Greyhounds. Amy Martinelli claimed third for the women in 26.03, while Anderson was second for the men in 22.05.
Lindsey Staszewski won both the 3-meter (267.75) and 1-meter diving (259.80) events for Loyola, while Adrian Halarewicz took both top spots for the men with 207.60 and 203.10 points. Katie Ray placed second in both events on the women's side.
Koegl led the Greyhounds in the 100-yard buttefly with a winning time of 58.25, while Metzler and Anderson went two-three on the men's side in 52.86 and 53.99, respectively.
Dickey took claimed another victory, winning the 100-yard freestyle for the women in 54.86, and she was followed in second by Aly Pacitti (56.03).
Loyola took the top four spots in the women's 100-yard backstroke as Jenna Egan paced the field in 1:01.01. She was followed by Cronin (1:03.17), O'Halloran (1:03.36) and Gabrielle Clarkson (1:03.90).
Mark Boran and Richie Kogut finished first and second, respectively, for Loyola in the men's 100-yard backstroke. Boran edged his teammate, 54.39-55.05.
Hayburn led a top-three sweep for the women in the 500-yard freestyle. She swam a time of 5:16.71, ahead of Brooke Sharkey (5:36.35) and Emily Moyher (5:39.51). Mann (4:52.57) and John Sakovich (5:01.02) finished second and third, respectively, in the men's 500.
Morgan Hall was the top finisher in the 100-yard breaststroke for the women, coming in second in 1:12.37, while Alden Coyne was third in 1:12.81. Venit took third in the men's race, behind Cono's winning time, in 1:00.28.
McKenzie Coan and Alyssa Gialamas each set American Paralympic records at the meet. Coan swam 2:13.64 to set a S7 standard in the 200 freestyle, while Gialamas had a time of 3:03.02 over the first 200 of the 500-yard freestyle, setting an S5 record in the 200.
Howard edged both the men's and women's teams in the 200-yard freestyle relays. The women -- Hayburn, Koegl, Clarkson and Cronin -- were second in 1:41.33, while the men -- Brendan Kolar, Conor Rutigliano, Clisham and Cono -- had the same place in 1:28.46.
The Greyhounds will break for the Thanksgiving holiday before wrapping up their 2017 slate of competition with the H2ounds Invitational against Iona, Marist, Mount St. Mary's and Saint Peter's on December 1-2.