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Cono, Callaghan, Schouten Named All-Patriot League Swimmers

(Left-to-right) Ben Cono, John Callaghan and Emma Schouten earned All-Patriot League swimming honors.
(Left-to-right) Ben Cono, John Callaghan and Emma Schouten earned All-Patriot League swimming honors.
Feb. 21, 2018

Three Loyola University Maryland swimmers earned All-Patriot League honors following the 2018 Patriot League Championships, the most the Greyhounds have had in a given year since joining the conference in 2013-14.

Ben Cono, who was named the Patriot League Male Swimmer of the Meet, earned All-Patriot League First Team honors for the third-straight year. John Callaghan and Emma Schouten each received All-Patriot League Second Team recognition, as well.

Cono dominated the men's breaststroke events, winning both the 100- and 200-yard events. He claimed his third-straight 100-yard breaststroke title on Friday night by more than two seconds with a winning time of 52.73.

Earlier in the day, Cono swam 52.21 in the preliminaries, setting a Patriot League, Patriot League Championships, Loyola school and U.S. Naval Academy pool record in the process. His time is a NCAA 'B' Qualifying time that currently ranks fourth in all of NCAA Division I.

Cono then won the 200-yard breaststroke for the first time in his career, claiming victory with a time of 1:55.69.

Callaghan gave the Greyhounds a 1-2 finish in the 100-yard breaststroke, becoming the highest Patriot League individual finisher other than Cono since Loyola joined the conference.

He rose from fifth in the preliminary swim to finish in 54.65, besting Navy's Chris Bondarowicz by 14-hundredths of a second for silver-medal honors. Callaghan also finished ninth in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Schouten scored a total of 33 points for the Loyola women, becoming the Greyhounds' highest individual finisher in Patriot League Championships history with a third-place time of 2:14.49 in the 200-yard breaststroke. That performance broke her own school record in the event and is a NCAA 'B' Qualifying time.



In addition to her performance in the 200-yard breaststroke, Schouten was sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke and 13th in the 500-yard freestyle.

The Greyhounds are back in action this weekend at the ECAC Championships at Rutgers University. The meet starts Friday, February 23 and continues through Sunday, February 25.




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