Calvert Hall tops Loyola for MSA title

February 17, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

The only thing Loyola coach Murray Stephens knew for sure beforehand was that the Maryland Scholastic Association Swimming Championships would be close.

Loyola and defending champion Calvert Hall came out of the preliminaries with 18 finalists apiece. The unknown factor was how many points Mount St. Joseph and Gilman, would pick off from Loyola and Calvert Hall.

"It'll be so close," Stephens said, "that a disqualification or an upset could be the difference, I'll be surprised if we're not within 25 points of each other."

He was right; it was close. Calvert Hall edged Loyola, 336-320, last night at Johns Hopkins in the 70th and final MSA Championships. The Cardinals needed the final event, the 400 freestyle relay, to win the meet.

The Fred Leidig Trophy went to Calvert Hall for the 13th time. Loyola has won it 10 times.

One of the highlights was Jenni Stewart's victory in B Conference diving. Her 414.10 total was better than A Conference winner Jon Repetti's 392.35 for Calvert Hall.

And just as Stephens and Hucht suspected, Gilman and Mount St. Joe had a say. Mount St. Joe's D. J. Heller won the 50 and 100 freestyles and Gilman's Devin Balkcom took the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly.

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