Brandt, Francis lead Hall to MSA swim title


Calvert Hall broke the tie in the competition for the Fred Leidig Trophy by winning the 68th annual MSA Swimming Championships with 367 points last night at Johns Hopkins' pool.

Calvert Hall and Loyola had each won the Leidig award 10 times; no other school has broken their grip on it.

Loyola finished second in the A Conference with 335 points. Gilman was third with 255.

The Hall produced double winners in Brian Brandt (200 and 100-yard freestyles) and Brad Francis (100 butterfly and 100 backstroke). Francis' time of 52.70 seconds in the butterfly in the preliminaries qualified him for the National Junior Olympics in April.

Two meet records were set. Calvert Hall's 200-freestyle relay of Brandt, Adam Blake, Justin Werner and Ken Weisenborn won in 1:29.73, wiping out the 1:30.35 mark by the Cardinals last year.

Loyola's Mike Raley, who's bound for the Olympic Trials next week in Indianapolis, won the 100 breaststroke in 58.21, breaking Mike Haynes' mark of 57.21 set in 1988.

John Soulakis, a Loyola junior, won the diving by piling up 455.25 points to 295.95 by runner-up Jon Repetti of Calvert Hall.

Soulakis is carrying on in the tradition of distinguished MSA divers.

From 1979-82, Loyola's Larry Caldwell won four MSA titles. John Sharkey followed him, also became a Loyola MSA champ and went on to Pitt.

Mike Tamberino then won three straight MSA crowns with the Dons before bowing to Gilman's Jamie Edwards last year.

Tamberino is now at Alabama, and Edwards is at Stanford.

Like Edwards, Soulakis was a high school All-America last year. Last summer, in the National Junior Olympics in Clayton, Mo., Soulakis placed ninth in the 10-meter platform event.

His victory last night was a foregone conclusion. Only last week he captured the 1-meter springboard event in the Eastern Interscholastic Championships at La Salle University, amassing 448.50 points for 11 dives. He beat divers not only from the Northeast, but from schools as far away as Texas and Florida.

Repetti, a Calvert Hall freshman, is in his first year of diving, but has a strong background in gymnastics.

"Jon had to make the adjustment from landing on his feet as a gymnast to landing on his head as a diver," Calvert Hall coach Reds Hucht said, jokingly.

Mount St. Joesph's easily won the B Conference meet and Southern edged Patterson for C conference honors.

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