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Swimming And Diving Begins MAAC Championships Today
Feb. 14, 2013
The Loyola University Maryland swimming and diving team began its quest for the 2013 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship this morning at the Burt Flickinger Center at Erie Community College in Buffalo, N.Y. The meet will run through Saturday, Feb. 16 and will be broadcast live on MAACTV.com. Live results can also be found at LoyolaGreyhounds.com.
Prior to the start of competition, 18 Greyhounds were named to the Men’s and Women’s All-Academic Teams. Twelve swimmers were among the 85 women honored, while Loyola placed five on the 65-member men’s team.
Seniors Kelly Maluccio, Casey McCusker, Taylor Moore and Abby Wiese, juniors Avery Allen, Victoria Arturi, Stephanie Baliko, Kelly Gajdzisz, Erin Shea, Noelle Staib and Erin Thompson, and sophomore Erin Calderoni were all honored on the women’s side. For the men, juniors Julien Brice, Ben Duva, Peter Hadjokas, Drew Husted and Ryan Leonard joined sophomore Brendan McGann on the all-conference academic team.
Senior Brennan Morris, a three-time MAAC Men’s Swimmer of the Year, will look to lead the men’s team in the pool. The mid-major All-American brings the top time in the 400 IM (4:02.66), 1000 free (9:28.50) and 1650 free (15:57.28) to the championships. The defending 500 free MAAC Champion is also ranked third in that event with a time of 4:38.29, while he is fifth in the 200 IM (1:55.25) and seventh in the 100 back (52.93).
On the women’s side, junior Caitlin Cronin leads the way. The 2012 MAAC Women’s Swimmer of the Year won both the 50 free and 100 free last year and enters this year’s championships ranked among the top eight in both fields. Holding the third-fastest time in the 100 free (52.60), she’s also seventh in the 50 free (24.44) and fifth in the 200 free (1:54.77).
As a team, the Greyhound women are looking for their fifth MAAC title (1993, ‘94, ‘95, ‘96), while the men are vying for their fourth conference title in five years and fifth overall (1995, 2009, ’10, ’11).