Loyola remains perfect behind Schertle, Brugh

Juniors' gold-medal efforts earn Dons 7th straight title

MIAA swimming

February 13, 2000|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Perfection has been the standard for the Loyola boys swimming team for six seasons, and Bradley Schertle and Patrick Brugh weren't about to break tradition.

Schertle captured four gold medals and Brugh placed first in three events, as the two powered the Dons to their seventh consecutive Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association championship at Calvert Hall last night.

Loyola -- which outdistanced runner-up McDonogh, 336-243 -- also got silver-medal performances from senior Murry Mercier in the 200 individual medley and junior Dylan Smith in the 100 butterfly and a third-place finish from Mercier in the 100 breaststroke.

"When you're trying to continue a great legacy, that's a tough thing to carry on," said Brugh, a junior who won in the 100 breaststroke in 1: 02.03 and completed a leg of the Dons' winning 200 and 400 freestyle-relay teams. "It's a great feeling to be on top."

During Loyola's seven-year run, the Dons have not lost a dual meet in the MIAA -- an achievement that did not escape Schertle's notice.

"We're the only sport in any school that hasn't lost in the MIAA," said Schertle, a junior who includes "six straight" in his e-mail address. "A lot of teams have only one loss or two losses, but none can say that they've never lost."

Loyola coach Keith Schertle, Bradley's father, said no one put pressure on the squad to win a seventh title.

"Winning is not expected," he said. "Winning is a byproduct of what they do in practice, and it's fact that every single day, this team works hard in practice. This is a byproduct of that."

Bradley Schertle captured four events -- the 200 freestyle (1: 47.10), the 500 freestyle (4: 50.53) and swam a leg of the 200 and 400 freestyle-relay teams.

The 400 freestyle relay team of Schertle, Brugh, Mercier, and Smith set an MIAA record with a time of 3: 17.95, besting the 3: 18.30 mark set by McDonogh in last year's championship.

McDonogh had two multiple winners. Junior Erik Weinberg captured three gold medals in the 200 IM (2: 00.27), the 100 backstroke (53.30 seconds), and swam the opening leg of the Eagles' winning 200 medley relay squad.

Junior Andrew Shapiro also swam a leg of the 200 medley relay team and finished first in the 100 butterfly in 53.58 seconds.

Shapiro, who held off a spirited charge by Dylan in the final 25 meters, said he was tired from competing in two previous events.

"I took it out slower than normal, but I wasn't going to let him beat me," Shapiro said. "I just outkicked him."

St. Paul's senior Adam Kerpelman won gold medals in the 50 freestyle (21.85 seconds) and the 100 freestyle (47.12 seconds).

Pub Date: 2/13/00

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