Loyola swamps Calvert Hall, 122-58

January 31, 1995|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

When Calvert Hall's team manager asked Reds Hucht how the swimming meet was likely to unfold, the coach had a rueful reply.

"About the way the Super Bowl did," Hucht said.

San Francisco 49, San Diego 26.

Loyola 122, Calvert Hall 58.

Hucht knew from the outset it would be messy, that the pendulum would swing to the other side. Gone for at least this year was Calvert Hall's dominance in the rivalry.

The Cardinals had won the last four championships in the old Maryland Scholastic Association and six of the last eight dual meets against Loyola. Now the teams that had stood astride the MSA for 30 years were in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association.

Not that it made any difference yesterday. Both teams came in with 5-0 records and Calvert Hall left with its worst licking since . . . . well, neither Hucht nor Loyola coach Murray Stephens could recall anything like it.

"We were outclassed," Hucht said. "When you lose your top four swimmers, like we did last year, and don't replace them, you've got troubles."

Calvert Hall's troubles started early. After winning the first event, the 200-yard medley relay, and taking their only lead of the afternoon, the Cardinals dropped every swimming event after that.

They had one winner, Jon Repetti in diving. It's conceivable they might not have had even that if Loyola's best diver, Jeff Harrison, hadn't been out with a broken hand. Harrison finished a close second to Repetti in last year's MSA championships.

"I guess I was wrong, huh?" said Stephens, who had predicted a 10-point meet.

Loyola went one-two-three in the 200 and 500 freestyles and the 100 backstroke and one-two in the 50 freestyle, 200 individual medley and 200 freestyle relay.

Because he was unable to replace last season's stars, Hucht had to bring up from the junior varsity four swimmers who are over their heads.

"Their problem is depth," Stephens said. "If their No. 1 people don't perform, they're in trouble. And they didn't. Calvert Hall should have won three individual events, at least on paper."

Loyola, which has only two seniors, won with youngsters. Freshman Joe Curreri and sophomore Matt Andrews each won two events and another freshman, Omar Fraser, won one.

Not that it mattered, but Calvert Hall could have picked up another nine points if Hucht had put his two junior varsity divers on the varsity with Repetti. They compiled more points than Loyola's lone varsity diver.

"If the meet had depended on it, I would have," Hucht said. "But I knew we had no chance to beat Loyola. Put a kid on the varsity before he's earned it and he figures he has it made and won't work."

The only other time Calvert Hall and Loyola will meet is Feb. 11 in the MIAA Championships in a field also including Gilman, Mount St. Joe, McDonogh, Archbishop Spalding and Severn.

"I have no illusions of beating Loyola," Hucht said. "We'll have to concentrate on beating those other teams."

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