After sweeping swimming nationals, Loyola and NDP take aim at conference titles

Notre Dame Prep and Loyola Blakefield made another clean sweep of the National Catholic swimming championship meet last weekend.

Both squads are pointing toward doing the same in their home conferences, starting with the Blazers' bid for a three-peat at the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland meet Saturday morning at McDonogh in Owings Mills.

The Dons, whose 18-year Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship run was ended by McDonogh last year, hopes to begin another streak in the conference final meet Feb. 9 at the same site.

NDP (416 points) is also looking for its third undefeated campaign after powering past Mount de Sales (289.50), Archbishop Spalding (277) and Our Lady of Good Counsel (218) at the 19-team Catholic meet.

Junior Dani Potis was the star of the show for the Blazers, tying sophomore teammate Mary Kate Clancy and Good Counsel senior Catherine Mulquin for most individual points (40).

Junior Kendall Krumenacker and senior Nana Salvatori (34 each) and sophomore Katie McComas (32) were the other high individual scorers for NDP.

Potis was named Female Swimmer of the Meet and NDP coach Terri Byrd took Coach of the Meet honors.

Loyola (392) topped Malvern Prep (320), Gonzaga (225) and Good Counsel (202) on the way to a relatively smooth victory.

Sophomore Cole Buese (37) and senior Kevin Blum (32) were the best points providers for the Dons while coach Keith Schertle was named the Coach of the Meet.

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