Loyola Hosts George Washington, Catholic, Navy

BALTIMORE, Maryland, October 14. THE Loyola men's and women's swimming and diving teams defeated George Washington and Catholic while falling to Navy in their season-opening meet at Mangione Aquatic Center on Saturday.

"This is a great way to start our season," said Loyola Head Coach Brian Loeffler. "I am extremely happy how we swam today, coming away with two wins of the men and women."

Both the men and women had their share of big wins and solid results such as freshman Megan Meyer's school record in the 100-yard butterfly. The Reeser brothers led the men's squad with wins in the freestyle events. Senior Ryan Reeser captured the 200-yard freestyle in 1:43.72, ahead of teammates Zachary Oster and Patrick Hicks, who placed fifth and sixth respectively in the event.

Freshman Brad Reeser won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.83 with senior Drew Crampton close behind in third place with a time of 21.95. The Reeser bothers then teamed up with Crampton and junior Paul Ebert to win the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:13.87.

In the 100-yard freestyle, Crampton placed second (48.43) while Brad Reeser took third (48.47). Ryan Reeser finished second in the 500-yard freestyle for the Greyhounds.

The Loyola men took second, third and fourth in the 200-yard IM with Oster leading that pack in 2:03.90. Freshman Ernest Verrico was third (2:04.80) and Hicks finished fourth. Verrico also posted a good result in the 100-yard breaststroke, placing fourth in 1:01.62 – only 1.3 seconds out of first place.

The women's effort was highlighted by freshman Megan Meyer's record-setting performance in the 100-yard buttefly.Meyer's time of 59.97 broke a 12-year Loyola record in the event.

Other highlights included freshman Megan Royer's first-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle. Royer clocked in at 24.88 while sophomore Victoria Kamauff took fifth in 26.30.

Senior Megan Sterback was also victorious, placing first on the 3-meter board with a score of 228.70. Freshman Diver Alexandra Coletta finished second in the event.

The Greyhound women had a slew of second-place finishes including freshmen Meyer and Melissa White, who had two. Meyer placed second in both the 100- and 200-yard butterfly events.

White led a 2-4-5 Loyola finish in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:16.31. Meyer was third and senior Michelle Ryan took fifth. White also placed second in the 100-yard backstroke, posting a time of 1:01.07.

Junior Megan Hadley was second in the 1000-yard freestyle (11:06,12), ahead of freshman Megan Shovlin, who was third (11:09.63). Kamauff took second in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:01.93 and later teamed up with Royer, sophomore Emily Benton and sophomore Sarah Birkenmeier to take second place in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Other notables on the women's side included senior Liz Chlebda's fourth-place showing in both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, Hadley's third-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle and senior Jennie Zohorsky's third-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle.

"Coming into the meet I figured the George Washington meet would be close for both teams. Our men and women are swimming very well for the first meet of the season," said Loeffler. "We had several personal best times, and a school record today. I hope that we can keep this momentum going next week at Farifield."

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