Loyola Invite: Day Two

BALTIMORE, Maryland, December 6. FRESHMAN Brennan Morris set a school-record in the 400-yard IM and in the process, became the first Loyola swimmer to record a NCAA 'B' qualifying time Saturday afternoon at the H2ounds Invitational at the Mangione Aquatic Center. Morris also set a school record in the 200-yard backstroke and recorded the school's second-best time in the 500-yard freestyle.

At the meet, the Greyhounds defeeated MAAC conference rivals Iona and Marist, but fell to Delaware of the CAA. The women beat Iona, but lost to Marist and Delaware.

"With Iona's strong showing at this meet, it looks like the MAAC championships should be a very interesting meet, said Head Coach Brian Loeffler."

Morris dominated the competition in the 400-yard IM, winning the event by over 14 seconds in 3:55.14. Finishing in second in the event was fellow Greyhound, Jacob Drannan, in 4:09.47.

"It is a great accomplishment for Brennan to be our first NCAA B standard qualifier this early in the season," said Loeffler. "With the rest of the season still to go, hopefully he can improve on this time and achieve the A standard."

Morris also won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:50.29.

Also victorious on the men's side was Ozzy Torres, who swept the 100 and 200-yard butterfly events in 49.21 and 1:51.68, respectively.

Matt Fralinger took second in both the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke in 58.96 and 2:07.00.

Sam McQuaid also took second in the 100-yard backstroke in 51.95.

A pair of men's relay teams finished second in their respective races on the day, the 200-yard medley relay of McQuaid, Fralinger, Torres and Brad Reeser, and the 400-yard freestyle relay of Torres, McQuaid, Zach Oster and Reeser.

The women were paced by Megan Shovlin, who finished fourth in the 1650-yard freestyle in 17:48.33. The fourth place performance was the best of the second day by a female Greyhound.

Courtney Trivino placed fifth in the 400-yard IM in 4:38.81.

Mary Henkels took sixth in both the 100 and 200-yard backstroke events in 1:00.50 and 2:10.98. Caitlin Cassidy swam 1:00.28 in the 100-yard butterfly, good for seventh place overall.

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