Loyola captures National Catholic title

February 18, 1997|By Doug Brown

Loyola won the National Catholic High School Swimming Championships at Villanova over the weekend, piling up 292 points to La Salle High's 249.5.

Loyola junior Joe Curreri captured the 500-yard freestyle, was second in the 200 freestyle and anchored the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays, coming from behind to win in each.

The Dons' Matt Andrews had a first in the 200 freestyle and a second in the 100 butterfly, and Omar Fraser had seconds in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke.

Loyola won all three relays, all in times worthy of high school All-America consideration, and broke the school record in the 200 freestyle relay (Andrews, Fraser, Scott Shimkaveg, Tom Krajewski) that had stood since 1976, with a 1-minute, 27.99-second clocking. Coach Keith Schertle was acclaimed Coach of the Meet.

Mount St. Joseph, led by Tommy Hannan, who won the 100 freestyle and was third in the 100 backstroke, finished sixth with 71 points, ahead of Calvert Hall, seventh with 63. Paul VI (175), Cardinal O'Hara (87) and St. Francis (79) were third, fourth and fifth, respectively.

Pub Date: 2/18/97

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