The Loyola boys swimming team knew fairly quickly it was going to put on a great show Sunday at the National Catholic High School Swimming Championships at Villanova. Loyola easily won the meet with a team score of 304.5. Gonzaga of Washington placed second with 232 points.
The first event was the 200 medley relay, which the Dons' Greg Palton, Sean Roddy, Evan Danz and Hugh Davison won in 1 minute, 32.02 seconds.
"That was the most impressive part of the meet," Loyola coach Keith Schertle said. "We not only won that relay, we broke the 73-year-old meet record. We wanted to start off the meet setting the tone. My assistant coach [Brad Schertle] said that it was almost melodramatic when we won. From the way the meet started to the end, you could tell we were going to win."
Fourteen of Loyola's 16 entrants scored. Though the meet featured 20 teams, the Dons managed to place three swimmers among the top 10 individual scorers. Danz was third, Roddy was seventh and Davison was eighth.
Keith Schertle was named the meet's top male coach.
"My son said, 'You can put that right behind the microwave in your office with the other ones,'" Schertle said of the award. "I give all the praise to the kids. They were unbelievable. They put in a lot of time, a lot of work and they were outstanding."
More swimming -- At the same meet, Mount de Sales finished second to Good Counsel in the girls competition. The Sailors, coming off their big win over McDonogh last Wednesday, set school records in two relays: Theresa Gallagher, Erin Shea, Emily Dean and Mattie Riley in the 400-yard freestyle and Jenny Nevin, Hilary Badger, Jenna Moore and Riley in the 200 freestyle. Riley won the 100 free and was fourth in the 50 free. Sailors coach Courtney Gahagan said many other girls contributed to the week's success. "This team has a lot of depth to it, which is invaluable to us," said Gahagan, who has 14 seniors. "This is a very talented group of seniors, and I told them this is the year they need to make things happen." That depth gave Mount de Sales the win over McDonogh, which won seven of the 11 events. Gahagan is trying to adjust the Sailors' depth to their biggest meet, which comes Sunday as they finish their season with the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championships at UMBC. "It's so different from a dual meet," Gahagan said. "It's a numbers game. You have to look at all the schools and their strengths and figure out where you can match up your swimmers to get the most points. It's going to be very competitive, and it's exciting."
1,000 points -- Lutheran senior Meghan Lepley hit the milestone Jan. 21 and had 1,028 career points as of Sunday. A three-time All-IAAM C Conference selection, Lepley has averaged 12.7 points and 10.6 rebounds and leads the Saints in steals, assists and blocks.
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Triple doubles by Walbrook's sophomore forward Roscoe Smith last week: 16 points, 13 rebounds and 10 blocks in a win over Forest Park; 31 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocks in a victory over Edmondson.
Number of Loyola swimmers to score points in a victory at the National Catholic Meet at Villanova on Sunday. The Dons combined for 304.5 points.