Calvert Hall and Loyola renew 'king of pool' MSA rivalry today

January 13, 1993|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

Now it's Calvert Hall that appears to be on a roll in the Maryland Scholastic Association's best swimming rivalry.

After a decade of losing to Loyola, the Hall turned the tide in 1991. The Cardinals won both dual meets and the MSA championship that year and one dual meet and the MSAs last season.

In their first encounter this season, the teams will swim today at Calvert Hall. No one delights more in the rivalry than Hall coach Reds Hucht.

"I don't have to get the kids up for this one," Hucht said. "They get themselves up. They turn in good performances, with an occasional exception like last year, when they were overconfident and lost the first meet."

After losing that first one by 11 points, the Cardinals won the second, 111-75, and went on to capture the MSA championship.

In the 1950s and early 1960s, Mount St. Joseph dominated MSA swimming, but since 1964, Loyola or Calvert Hall has won the MSA title every year. The 21-year-old Fred Leidig Trophy, symbolic of MSA supremacy, has gone to Calvert Hall 11 times, Loyola 10.

Occasionally a team such as Gilman, McDonogh or Mount St. Joseph shows signs of challenging. But no one has come close. Calvert Hall won last year's MSAs with 367 points to Loyola's 335 and Gilman's 255.

The Cardinals are captained by Brad Francis, who won the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke in last year's MSA championships.

He broke the Calvert Hall pool record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 51.09 seconds in last month's meet against City. His 21.6 in the 50 freestyle is the best by a Cardinal since Karl Fickenscher dipped under 21 seconds in the late 1970s.

The heart of the Hall's team consists of seniors: Brian Brandt (50, 100 and 200 freestyle), Adam Blake (200 individual medley and backstroke), Justin Werner (breaststroke and 500 freestyle) and Francis.

Loyola's top swimmers are Paul Yetter, Troy Pusateri and Chris Kaplan. Senior John Soulakis last year became the second MSA diver to win the Eastern Interscholastic Championships, following Gilman's Jamie Edwards.

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