Calvert Hall sinks Loyola again, 123-62

February 03, 1993|By Tara Finnegan | Tara Finnegan,Contributing Writer

Calvert Hall and Loyola squared off for the last time yesterday before the Maryland Scholastic Association swimming and diving championships on Feb. 17 at Johns Hopkins University.

For the second time this season, Calvert Hall beat Loyola, this time by a 123-62 margin. The Cardinals won, 127-58, at Hucht Pool on Jan. 13, winning all but one swimming event and sweeping the top three places in four.

But yesterday at Loyola, the Dons improved their times to capture three swimming events.

"We swam a solid one today, and they [Cardinals] were a little slower," Loyola coach Murray Stephens said.

"Everybody was a little more psyched up for this meet," Loyola junior Chris Kaplan said. "We wanted to improve our times and see how well we could do against them today."

Kaplan led the Dons with two first-place finishes, winning the 500 freestyle in 4 minutes, 46.34 seconds and avenging a loss to Calvert Hall's Kevin Gass in the 200 freestyle, winning the event in 1:47.47.

"I think my last 100 was pretty good, and that's what won it for me today," said Kaplan, who improved his time in the 200 freestyle by almost a minute to out-touch Gass at the wall.

Calvert Hall, the defending MSA champion, won eight of the 11 swimming events, sweeping the top three places in the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly. Senior Brad Francis took first in both events in times of 1:54.91 and 50.67.

Senior Brian Brandt also won two individual events for the Cardinals: his strength, the 50 freestyle, in 21.93 and the 100 freestyle in 48.29.

"We swam well against [Loyola] in our own pool, but that did not mean they were going to lay down and die on us today," Brandt said.

Brandt and Francis helped notch first place for the Cardinals

in two relay events, helping win the 200 medley relay with teammates Justin Werner and Adam Blake in 1:38.94 and the 400 freestyle relay in 3:19.05 with Gass and Blake.

Loyola's Paul Yetter rounded out the Dons' swimming victories, winning the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.14. Yetter also took second in the 100 freestyle in 49.63, behind Calvert Hall's Brandt.

Even though the Cardinals dominated the swimming, Loyola senior John Soulakis continued his prowess in the 1-meter diving competition, winning his last home meet with a score of 253.40.

Calvert Hall's John Ripetti (179.00) and Austin Koth (169.50) placed second and third, respectively.

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