College Swimming and Diving
Rider Hosts Loyola in Final Home Meet
LAWRENCEVILLE--The Rider University men's and women's swimming and diving teams will host Loyola University Maryland in the final home meet of the 2012-13 season on Saturday at 1pm at Coppola Pool in the Maurer Center on the Lawrenceville, New Jersey campus.
Prior to the 1pm meet, Rider will honor its 13 graduating seniors with the ceremony beginning at 12:45pm.
The Rider men have been led by senior Brian Molloy (Toms River/Toms River HS East) who, in a win over Seton Hall, broke the oldest record in the Coppola Pool, the 100 free (46.58), a record that stood since 1987.
Twice a MAAC Swimmer of the Week this season, Molloy now ranks among Rider's top five fastest times in five different events and he was named the Rider Athlete of the Month for all competition in November.
A Mathematics major and a member of the MAAC All-Academic team, Molloy helped Rider defeat Seton Hall, La Salle and Marist this season.
Against Marist Molloy won four events and he won three events against La Salle.
Molloy, who qualified for the prestigious Speedo Grand Prix meet in three events, picked up his first MAAC gold last year on the 200 free relay and is currently the top ranked swimmer in the MAAC in four individual events and four relays.
O'Connor was named the MAAC Swimmer of the Week on October 16. Swimming against both UMBC and James Madison, O'Connor took first in the 200-yard butterfly, coming in at 2:08.10 and placed second in the 200-yard backstroke (2:07.84).
As a junior, O'Connor repeated as MAAC champion in the 200 fly and also won the 400 IM as the Bronc women placed runner-up at the championships.
As a junior, Oswald won MAAC gold in the 200 free (1:50.28) and 200 back (2:00.33) at the conference championships while finishing third in the 500 free (4:58.30).
Last season, Rider defeated Loyola with the men winning 182-114 and the women prevailing 155-139.
After the meet on Saturday, Rider travels to Saint Peter's for a MAAC meet on January 19 and the Broncs face Rutgers, Fordham and Yale in Piscataway on January 26.
The MAAC championships will be February 14-16 in Buffalo, New York at Erie Community College in the Flickinger Athletic Center.
Ticket information for the MAAC championships is posted on the internet at GoBroncs.com and MAACSports.com.