VMI Breaks Four School Records at Loyola Tri-Meet
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VMI Swimming Breaks Four School Records at Loyola Tri-Meet

BALTIMORE, Md. – The VMI swimming and diving teams broke four school records Friday at the Loyola University tri-meet to open the 2018-19 season. The Keydet men defeated American (173-124) but lost to Loyola (183-93), while the women were defeated by both schools (206-56 Loyola; 235-41 American).

Freshman Stephen Hopta finished second in the 1000-yard freestyle in 9:57.82 to set the school record. He also took second in the 200-yard backstroke in 1:55.43 and third in the 500-yard freestyle (4:54.52). Brady Gannon finished third in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.10 and Ryan Schmitz was fourth in the 100-yard freestyle.   

Ryan Cooper placed third in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:17.10) and fourth in the 200-yard IM (2:03.35). John Reed, Jr. won the one-meter dive competition with a finals score of 185.33. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Gannon, Nick Palmieri, Jake Boulter and Schmitz took second in 1:28.35.  

Freshman Sophie Svoboda broke three school records in her first collegiate meet to pace the women’s team. She set the program top marks in the 100-backstroke (59.36 - leading off the medley relay), the 200 backstroke (2:11.47) and the 100 butterfly (58.74).

Both teams are back in action Saturday, hosting Mount St. Mary’s University at noon.

“I’m satisfied with how we performed tonight as a team,” said head coach Andrew Bretscher. “We knew that execution would be the key, and we did what we needed to do to come home with a victory over American on the men’s side.”

“It felt great to finally race some teams. We had tough opponents that forced us to swim at our best. It was great to see four varsity school records fall at the first meet of the year. It is even more impressive that they were all broken by rat (freshmen) athletes.”

“Our divers made a big mark in the competition. John Reed won the 1m event at his first-ever diving competition over some experienced divers so that says great things about our divers and what Coach Timmes is doing for them.”

“We are going to get some rest tonight and try to do it all over again tomorrow at noon. Mount St. Mary’s is a very strong team, so tomorrow will be close. If we can pull it together again, it will be a great home opener.”