Loyola Wins Again and a National Record is Broken at the MIAA Swimming Championships

February 09, 2009 |

As expected, the Loyola Dons won their sixteenth consecutive MIAA swimming title this past weekend, led by several All-American performances from breaststroke specialist Sean Roddy and freestyle phenom Hugh Davison.

And as their coach, I’m also very proud to say that the Calvert Hall Junior Varsity squad captured the MIAA JV championship. The JV aquacards were led by John Fox’s incredible victory in the 100 breaststroke and strong performances from freestyle specialist Justin Brier, freshman IMer Steven Roberts, sophomore sprinter Rob Walker, and distance swimmer Trey Guillott.

In one of the fastest meets I have ever been a part of, both competing and coaching, MIAA swimmers put on a show Saturday night. In fact, Michael Phelps’ coach Bob Bowman was in attendance to witness the fastest meet in MIAA history. Loyola, McDonough, and Calvert Hall could have easily beaten most local colleges. It was THAT fast.

Every single MIAA meet record was broken, except for the 100 backstroke record which is held by Mt. St. Joe alum and former Olympian Tom Hannan.

The highlight of the meet was the ‘A’ Conference finals of the Men’s 50 Freestyle. After swimming a blistering 20.26 in prelims, McDonough’s Giles Smith did the unthinkable. Smith broke a national high school record in the 50 freestyle, touching the wall in 19.74 seconds!

There were countless All-Americans and it would take forever to post them all. Even kids who earned third and fourth place were swimming All-American times. Here are some other quick highlights from the meet:

-In the ‘B’ conference, St. Paul’s Austin Surhoff, BJ Surhoff’s son and a future Texas Longhorn, swam a meet-record and automatic All-American qualifying time in the 200 IM (1:48.68).

-Loyola’s Sean Roddy, a future LSU Tiger, set a meet record in the 100 breaststroke, registering a time of 55.66, also good enough for All-American.

-Loyola’s Hugh Davison and McDonough’s Drew Cosgarea tied for first in the 200 freestyle. Both swam a meet record and All-American time of 1:38.89. To put things in perspective, a 200 yard freestyle is 8 laps in a regulation pool. Davison won the 100 freestyle in a meet record time of 46.26 and Cosgarea won the 500 freestyle in a meet record time of 4:29.42. Both swims were also All-American qualifiers.

-To cap off an incredible performance, Giles Smith set a meet record in the 100 butterfly, setting the mark at 48.82 seconds.

-Despite coming in third place behind other-worldly performances by the relay teams from McDonough and Loyola, the Calvert Hall 200 Freestyle Relay broke a 15-year-old school record. The team of Pat Seipp, Will McLennan, Nick Girken, and Dave Roberts touched the wall in 1:27.17, good enough for All-American. In the lead off leg, Seipp swam his 50 in 21.32, which qualifies him for All-American consideration.

In two weeks, the Dons and the Cardinals will compete against the best swimming programs on the east coast. The 2009 Easterns will be held at La Salle University starting February 20th.

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