Cronin Ties School Record, Helps Relay Set Another At H2ounds Invitational
BALTIMORE - Sophomore Devin Cronin tied the school record in the 200 individual medley and helped the Greyhounds’ 400 medley relay team set school and pool records as the Loyola University Maryland men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams turned in an impressive performance on the opening day of the H2ounds Invitational at the Mangione Aquatics Center on Friday afternoon.
After the first day, the women’s team leads the meet with 361 points, while Marist College is second with 296 points. Iona College (259 points) is third, ahead of Mount St. Mary’s (156) and Saint Peter’s (46). The men’s squad stands second with 302 points, as Marist (328) owns a slim lead. In the men’s competition, Iona is third with 214 points while Saint Peter’s (119) is fourth, just ahead of Mount St. Mary’s (106).
The women’s team opened the meet with a record-setting effort in the 400-medley relay. Sophomore Anne Hayburn, sophomore Emily Koegl and freshman Megan Dickey joined Cronin on the victorious 400 medley relay. They teamed up to win the event with a time of 3:47.78, setting a school record and a pool record. Their time eclipsed the previous Loyola and pool best of 3:49.66 set in 2014 by Liz McKenna, Cara Egan, Courteney Martin and Erin Calderoni.
The Greyhounds earned even more points in the 400-medley relay when their “B” team of senior Jenna Egan, freshman Emma Schouten, junior Grace Huckenpoehler and junior Gabrielle Clarkson finished second with a time of 3:51.14.
In Friday’s action, the women’s team competed in six events and the Greyhounds won three of them. Cronin tied the school record of 2:05.10 to win the 200 individual medley She tied the mark set by her teammate, Koegl, last February. Ironically, Koegl finished second in the 200 individual medley with a time 2:06.77. Junior Brooke Sharkey was fourth in the race (2:08.47).
In the 50 freestyle, Dickey was a winner with a time of 23.91. Clarkson took fifth place (24.79) while Egan was sixth (24.83).
Although Sara Nestrowitz of Marist won the 500 freestyle (5:00.82), the Greyhounds took second and third place. Schouten finished second with a time of 5:00.99, only 17-hundredths of a second behind Nestrowitz. Senior Maddie Myers finished third in the event (5:04.17).
Senior Alyssa Gialamas of Loyola set a new American record in the S5 500 freestyle (7:44.60).
In the 800-free relay, the Greyhounds finished second and third. While Marist won the event with a time of 7:41.93, Loyola’s “A” team took a very close second with a time of 7:42.17. Schouten, junior Aly Pacitti, Hayburn and Myers swam on the “A” team. Loyola’s “B” team of Cronin, sophomore Elizabeth Romano, Sharkey and Koegl finished third (7:47.22).
In the men’s competition, the Greyhounds got off to a strong start as the 400 medley relay team finished first. Senior Alex Speradino, senior Ben Cono, sophomore Zac Metzler and freshman Patrick Clisham teamed to win the event with a time of 3:20.51. The Greyhounds’ “B” team took third place (3:24.35), thanks to the efforts of freshman Conor Rutigliano, junior John Callaghan, senior Chris Cary and freshman Brendon Kolar.
Cono contributed to the Loyola cause with a first-place finish in the 200 individual medley (1:49.86). Freshman Josh Gluck finished fifth in the same race (1:56.89), just ahead of Cary (1:57.54).
In the 500 freestyle, senior Andrew Mann was Loyola’s top performer, as he finished sixth (4:46.04).
In the 50 freestyle, Clisham finished second by the slimmest of margins as Daniel Knoll of Marist won the event with a time of 21.02. Clisham was second, only one-hundredth of a second back. Speradino finished third (21.13), while freshman Colin Anderson took fourth place (21.30).
In the 800 free relay, Mann, Kolar, Metzler and Cary led the Loyola to a fifth place showing (7:05.95). Xander Chan, Callaghan, John Sakovich and Boran led the “B” team to seventh place (7:11.92).
The H2ounds Invitational resumes on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m., and the afternoon session commences at 3:00 p.m.