BUFFALO, New York, February 18. THE Loyola University Maryland men’s and Marist College women’s swimming and diving teams lead the league after two days of competition at the 2011 MAAC Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, held at the Flickinger Athletic Center at Erie Community College.
The Loyola men maintained the lead with 567 points, while Rider University has registered 386.5 points for second place. Marist College is in third with 370 points, followed by Iona College (296.5), Canisius College (272.5), Saint Peter’s College (250), Niagara University (194), Fairfield University (139.5) and Manhattan College (90).
On the women’s side, the Red Foxes have tallied 607 points, while Rider sits in second place with 393 points. Loyola is in third with 346.5 points, followed by Siena College (330), Iona (264), Fairfield (235), Niagara (226.5), Canisius (207), Saint Peter’s (104) and Manhattan (64).
Several MAAC records were broken during day two. In the preliminaries, Iona’s Jamie Manser qualified for the finals in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.41. In the finals of the women’s 1000 yard freestyle, Marist’s Kate Conard shattered her own previous record from last year by 15 seconds, taking home the gold with a time of 9:57.08. Loyola’s Brennan Morris bested his own time in the 400 IM, claiming the top spot with a time of 3:49.71. Loyola’s Scott Heil set a new time in the 200 yard freestyle (1:38.58), while Saint Peter’s Lovro Bilonic set a new time in the 100 yard breaststroke, topping his own time from last season (53.74). Fairfield’s Michelle Yoshida garnered the gold medal in the 100 yard backstroke with a record time of 55.62. The Red Foxes’ Madeline Arciello, Bonnie Orr, Michelle Fountain and Conard won the 800 yard freestyle relay with a record time of 7:31.19.
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