Calvert Hall is slipping, and Loyola now rules the pool alone.
The last school other than Loyola or Calvert Hall to win the Maryland Scholastic Association or Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association swimming championship was Mount St. Joe the long ago of 1964.
True to form, Loyola piled up 333 points to win its third straight MIAA title last night.
Gilman upset host Calvert Hall and finished second with 229 to the Cardinals' 205, followed by McDonogh (203) and Mount St. Joe (185).
In capturing four individual events and two relays, Loyola was led by Sky King, who captured the 200-yard individual medley and 100 breaststroke; Matt Andrews, who took the 100 butterfly; and Omar Fraser, the 100 backstroke winner.
The top individual performance was turned in by Mount St. Joe's Tommy Hannan, who swept the 50 and 100 freestyle sprints, both in meet-record time. McDonogh sophomore Mike Wheeler also was a double winner, in the 200 and 500 freestyles, setting a meet record in the latter.
The meet went just as Loyola coach Keith Schertle suspected it would. He figured McDonogh, with the magnificent Wheeler, and Gilman might pick up a win or two, but that those two schools would take more points from Calvert Hall than from his Dons.
He was right.
Calvert Hall coach Reds Hucht was by no means surprised by the licking.
"We may not win an event in the MIAAs," he said 10 days ago after losing the dual meet to Loyola by 44 points. Then, recalling that the Cardinals won four straight MSA titles from 1991 to 1994. He added, "That would be very unusual."
Hucht is frustrated by the Hall's weak showing, but not mystified. Despite his urgings, not one of his swimmers trains year-round.
"As a result, our guys are just now beginning to match their best times of last season," Hucht said. "If they had trained over the summer, they could have reasonably expected to match those best times by the first meet this season."
Loyola's goal all season has been to win the National Catholic Championships, next Saturday and Sunday at Villanova in Philadelphia.
The Dons were fourth last season despite the fact one of their stars, Joe Curreri, missed the second day of the meet with a
"The emphasis is on team in the National Catholics more than in the Easterns," Schertle said, referring to the Eastern Scholastic Championships, Feb. 22-23, at La Salle. "It's not much of a team thing if only three or four guys make the finals, which is probably what we'd do in the Easterns. In the National Catholics, we figure to have eight or nine finalists."
Hucht will take his leading six swimmers to the National Catholics, but with little hope of finishing in the top five.
The Hall won't attend the Easterns, Hucht said, because "the kids don't deserve to go after not training all summer long."
Pub Date: 2/09/97