Loyola pools resources in upset of Calvert Hall

January 13, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

All is well with the Calvert Hall-Loyola swimming rivalry.

Just when it appeared Calvert Hall would stand astride the Maryland Scholastic Association for the fourth straight year, Loyola sprang an upset.

Calvert Hall had won five of the past six duals meets against Loyola and three straight MSA championships. In winning last year's MSA title, the Cardinals piled up 383 points to runner-up Loyola's 189.

But yesterday, in one of the closest meets between the two in 10 years, Loyola won, 94-92. The score was tied once and the lead changed hands three times.

Going into the last event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, Loyola led by four. To win, Calvert Hall needed a first and a third for 10 points. It got a first and a fourth for eight.

"A lot of our kids did a good job," Loyola coach Murray Stephens said. "Our relay depth was good -- a third in the medley relay, a second in the 200 free relay and a second and a third in the 400 free relay. Those things make a difference in a close meet."

Chris Kaplan also made a difference. He captured the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke and swam legs on two relays.

Calvert Hall coach Reds Hucht said before the meet that depth would be critical. He suspected his team had enough, but wasn't sure.

Loyola put Calvert Hall in a hole at the outset, with upset wins in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle. In the latter event, the Dons' Troy Pusateri and B. J. Brannan beat the Cardinals' Kevin Gass, the defending MSA champion in the event.

Then Gass anchored the opening relay that finished second and lost badly to Pusateri and Brannan in the 200 free. Before the meet was over, he would redeem himself by beating Pusateri in the butterfly by four-one-hundredths of a second.

Calvert Hall missed star back-stroker Matt Fouse, who has been out three weeks and will be out at least one more week with mononucleosis. Hucht said Fouse would have prevented TC Loyola's 1-2-3 sweep in the 100 backstroke and might have enabled the Cardinals to win the 200 medley relay.

After Loyola jumped to a 22-8 lead after two events, Calvert Hall stormed back to take the lead at 49-45 after six. It was tied 63-63 after eight, and Calvert Hall then went ahead for the final time at 73-67 after the 10th event.

Loyola's backstroke sweep led by Kaplan put the Dons ahead for good at 80-76, with two events to go.

Here's how yesterday's meet broke down:

200-yard medley relay - 1. L (Kaplan, Yetter, Pusateri, Miceli), 1:44.02; 2. CH; 3. L. 200 freestyle - 1. Pusateri (L), 1:49.63; 2. Brannan (L); 3. Gass (CH). 200 individual medley - 1. Kaplan (L), 2:01.57; 2. Horner (CH); 3. Apicella (CH). 50 freestyle - Conrad (CH), 22.50; 2. Miceli (L); 3. Braxton (CH). Diving - 1. Repetti (CH), 207.96; 2. Harrison (L); 3. Koth (CH). 100 butterfly - Gass (CH), 55.45; 2. Pusateri (L); 3. Norris (CH). 100 freestyle - Conrad (CH), 48.83; 2. Yetter (L); 3. Hillis CH). 500 freestyle - 1. Brannan (L),, 5:01.25; 2. Knauff ( L); 3. Perry (CH). 200 freestyle relay - 1. CH (Braxton, Hillis, Norris, Conrad), 1:33.60; 2. L; 3. CH. 100 backstroke - 1. Kaplan (L), 56.06; 2. Miceli (L); 3. King (L). 100 breaststroke - 1. Dixon (CH), 100.38; 2. Yetter (L); 3. Lang (L). 400 freestyle relay - 1. CH (Conrad, Horner, Hillis, Gass), 3:21.96; 2. L; 3. L.

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