Cardinals swamp Dons in 127-58 win

January 14, 1993|By Tara Finnegan | Tara Finnegan,Contributing Writer

With a strobe light pulsating to blaring music, the Calvert Hall swim team stalked into Hucht Pool with their warmup hoods pulled over their heads as they circled the pool.

By the end of the Cardinals' meet with MSA rival Loyola, Calvert Hall had swept the top three places in four of 11 swimming events, resulting in a decisive 127-58 victory over the visiting Dons.

Veteran Calvert Hall coach Reds Hucht did expect a victory but "not quite as gratifying as this," he said, referring to Calvert Hall's finishing first in 10 of the 11 swimming events. "We did better than we anticipated."

In addition to being a member of two winning relay teams, Calvert Hall senior standout Brad Francis won two individual events, setting pool and school records in the 200 individual medley (1:54.14) and winning the 100 freestyle in 46.00 seconds, just one-10th of a second off the school record.

"That record was held by a friend of mine who graduated two years ago," Francis said of former teammate Mark Gabriel, who had held the record time of 1:54.35. "He kind of wanted me to get it; at least that's what he said."

Francis combined efforts with Adam Blake, Brian Brandt and Justin Werner to win the 200-medley relay in 1:37.20 in the first event, and he contributed to the 400 free relay team's victory in 3:11.57 in the meet's last event.

It was an impressive day for Francis, who has been accepted to the University of Southern California and is waiting to hear from Stanford. Not bad for someone who didn't even swim his best event, the 100 butterfly.

"Brian [Brandt] wanted to see what he could do, so I didn't swim," Francis said. Brandt won the event in 52.49. "This is a meet where you swim for the team, not for yourself," Francis said.

"This meet is always a big deal," Francis said. "It doesn't matter how dominant we think we are, it's always going to be a big meet."

Loyola swept one event, the 500 freestyle, which Paul Yetter won in 4:38.54 and was followed by teammates Troy Pusateri (4:45.85) and Chris Kaplan (4:47.71).

"We had some good times, but we've got a lot of young kids," said Dons coach Murray Stephens, who only has two seniors on his team this year.

Senior diver John Soulakis handily won the 1-meter dive event for Loyola, scoring 234.60 points. He was followed by Calvert Hall's John Repetti (176.65) in second.

Soulakis concluded the six-dive competition with an inward 1 1/2 in the pike (straight-leg) position with a meet-best dive score of 22.0 points. He was awarded scores of 8, 8 and 6 by the judges.

"I was surprised I did it that well, since I'm not used to the board," said Soulakis, last year's Eastern Interscholastic Diving Champion.

In the junior varsity meet, Calvert Hall beat Loyola, 138-46.

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