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Amy E. Cole
Amy E. Cole

Swimming & Diving



The Loyola women's swimming & diving team won four straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) championships between 1993 and 1996, three of which came by large margins. Leading the way during that mid 1990s period of dominance was sprint freestyle ace Amy Cole, who was named the Most Outstanding Swimmer at the MAAC championship meet in 1994, 1995, and 1996.

Her impact on the Greyhounds was immediate. As a freshman, she won the freestyle races at 50, 100, and 200 yards in the championship meet at Iona, as Loyola won by a 258-point margin. The next year, she repeated the wins in the 100- and 200-yard events and, for the second year in a row, swam on four championship relay teams; the Greyhounds won by nearly 200 points. As a junior, Cole regained the 50 free crown and won the 100 and 200 for the third year in a row, and Loyola edged league newcomer Marist for the crown. She also won the 50-yard freestyle event during her final league meet in 1997.

Cole's school records in the 100-yard (54.18) and 200-yard (1:58.05) freestyle events each held for 10 years, well into the era of Loyola's much-faster Mangione Pool at the Fitness & Aquatic Center. The same can be said of then-school records, of which she was a part, in the freestyle relays at 200 yards, 400 yards, and 800 yards. In all, Cole was a member of seven record-setting relay teams, including a 400-meter medley that held the MAAC championship record for almost 20 years.

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