Freshman Lily Mead Breaks Two School Records As Loyola Sweeps American

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March 29th, 2021 College

Courtesy: Loyola Athletics

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BALTIMORE – Freshman Lily Mead set Loyola University Maryland school records in both the 50-yard backstroke and 100 back, and the Greyhounds won 29 of 32 events overall in a dual sweep of American on Saturday.

Mead’s 50 back mark of 25.57 came during the first leg of Loyola’s victorious 200 medley relay to begin the afternoon. It is the fastest time in the Patriot League this season, and it was well under Emily Koegl’s 2018 time of 26.18. Her 100 back time of 55.87 bested the previous Loyola record of 55.93 set by Elizabeth Walsh in 2018, and she also added a season-best time of 2:19.14 in the 200 breaststroke which ranks fifth overall in the conference.

Max Verheyen added three individual wins, while Conor RutiglianoCaleb Kelly and Jack Still added a pair of victories to lead the Greyhound men, who won by a final team score of 203-80. The margin on the women’s side was 179.5-113.5.

The men won 15 of 16 events, and had at least the top two finishers in 14 events. Verheyen’s individual wins came in the 100 breast (55.94), 200 breast (2:04.78) and 400 individual medley (3:57.92). That 400 IM time is now ranked fourth overall in the Patriot League. Verheyen was followed by David Sears (58.42) in the 100 breast, Brett Legambi (2:08.41) in the 200 breast) and Josh Walker (4:13.92) in the 400 IM.

Rutigliano swept the back events for Loyola, as his 100 back time of 50.42 beat out teammate Mark Owens (55.23) while his 200 back mark of 1:54.33 bested Matt Voight (1:57.36) in second place.

Kelly won both sprint free races. His time of 20.70 was just ahead of Reid Hussey (20.97) in the 50 free, and his time of 46.12 placed him ahead of Jonathan Brooks (47.05) in the 100 free.

Still and Dan Faunce finished 1-2 in the diving competitions. Still scored 253.79 points in the 1-meter and 267.98 points in the 3-meter, while Faunce registered scores of 218.77 (1-meter) and 223.20 (3-meter).

John Nguyen (500 free, 4:46.80) and Dylan Champagne (1650 free, 16:10.69) touched the wall first in the distance free events, as they bested teammates Casey Brown (500 free, 4:50.23) and Zach Reid (1650 free, 17:13.41).

Loyola also had the top two finishers in the 200 free, with Colin Anderson (1:42.78) out-touching Legambi (1:43.95). Hussey added a Greyhound victory in the 100 butterfly (50.12), while Sung Lee took second place in the 200 fly (1:59.01).

Rutigliano, Verheyen, Brooks and Kelly recorded a first-place time of 1:30.86 in the 200 medley relay, and the 200 free relay group of Hussey, Kelly, Jimmy Hayburn and Rutigliano closed out the afternoon with a winning mark of 1:22.19.

Mead contributed to four event wins overall for the Loyola women. She teamed with Emma Schouten, Walsh and Megan Dickey in the 200 medley relay (1:46.64), and she was joined by Walsh, Claire Bowser and Dickey in the 200 free relay (1:38.23).

The Greyhounds had at least the top two finishers in 10 events overall. Molly Davis registered two of Loyola’s 14 victories, as she touched the wall first in the 200 fly (2:04.68) and 500 free (5:14.39).

In the 50 free, Dickey (24.47) was followed by Sarah Abril (25.64), while Izzy Barnette (53.66) and Walsh (54.02) topped the field in the 100 free. Barnette was also second to Mead in the 100 back with a mark of 59.98. Abril added an event win in the 200 free, posting a time of 1:56.82 which beat out Bowser (1:58.01) in second.

Elizabeth Fetherston took first place in the 1650 free, as her time of 18:03.97 was 13 seconds ahead of Maggie McCann (18:17.00) in second.

Schouten (1:06.41) topped Walsh (1:07.28) in the 100 breast, and her time of 2:25.58 was good enough for second place in the 200 breast. Lauren Joyce was victorious in the 400 IM (4:36.25) and Andress added a second-place showing in the 100 fly (59.38).

Jessica Stolfi and Anna Donato posted victories in the diving events. Stolfi (213.44) edged out Donato (209.62) in the 3-meter, while Donato (219.66) bested Stolfi (212.55) in the 1-meter.

Loyola will compete in a Patriot League virtual meet next weekend, with the first of three sessions taking place on Friday night.

Courtesy: American Athletics

BALTIMORE – For the second time this season, American University men’s and women’s swimming and diving went to Loyola Maryland for a Patriot League dual meet against the Greyhounds. The Eagles pulled out three individual wins, including two by freshman Mimi Watts.


  • Watts continued her impressive debut campaign with wins in both the 100 butterfly (57.20) and the 200 backstroke (2:09.98). She placed second in the 200 fly with a time of 2:04.81.
  • Watts teamed up with Abby Longstaff, Kayla Winter and Ellie Kight for a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay in a season-best time of 1:49.87.
  • Individually, Winters had the second-fastest time of 4:43.37 in the 400 individual medley, and placed third in the 200 breaststroke in 2:27.79.
  • Kight took second place in the 500 freestyle in 5:17.52, while freshman teammate Mallory Meister was behind her in third place.
  • The 200 free relay team of Longstaff, Eleanor Felton, Meister and Malak Hassouna swam the second-fastest time of 1:43.06.
  • Longstaff earned an individual third-place finish in the 100 back in 1:00.33, and Winters took third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.14.
  • Ellie 3rd Natalie 4th in 200 free 1:59.23 and 1:59.96
  • Freshman Amanda Bosses competed in 3-meter diving, taking third place for the Eagles.
  • As a team, AU came up short against the Greyhounds by a score of 179.5-113.5.


  • Senior Liam Riebling stole the show on the men’s side, taking an individual win in the 200 butterfly in 1:55.40, and placing second in the 100 fly in a time of 51.55.
  • Freshman Aldrich Elvambeuna earned a third-place finish in the 100 backstroke in 55.73.
  • Also taking third was junior diver Christian Hernandez in the 1-meter.
  • As a team, the men lost to the Greyhounds by a score of 203-80.


  • The Eagles will compete virtually against most teams in the Patriot League over two days next weekend, April 2-3. AU will honor its seniors prior to the meet for Senior Day.


For more information on AU swim and dive, follow the team on Twitter (@AU_SwimDive), Facebook (@AU.SwimDive) and Instagram (@au_swim_dive).

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