Loyola Swim Wins 2019 CIF Division I Championship
Loyola’s Varsity Swim team won the 2019 CIF Southern Section Ford Division I Swimming Championship on Saturday, May 4 at Riverside Aquatics Center, claiming four event victories and setting two new CIF records to secure the seventh CIF title in program history.
In the first race of the day, the 200 Medley Relay team comprised of seniors Mark McCrary ’19, James Lee ’19, Connor Lee ’19 and Emmett Pernecky ’19 set a new CIF-best time of 1:29.80 in the event. Connor Lee would follow that up with two consecutive individual wins, taking titles in the 50 Free (20.09) and 100 Fly (47.26).
It was the final event of the meet—the 400 Freestyle Relay—that clinched the championship for the Cubs. The quartet of Connor Lee, Pernecky, freshman William Kim ’22 and the anchor McCrary became the first team in CIF history to break the three-minute mark in the 400 Free, posting a blistering time of 2:59.65 to win the race and qualify for both All-American status and the CIF State meet next weekend. The three seniors on that relay will all compete at the NCAA level in the fall, with McCrary and Lee bound to swim in the Ivy League at Penn and Yale, respectively, while Pernecky is headed to USC for water polo.
By meet’s end, Loyola posted a cumulative team score of 317 to finish more than 40 points ahead of runner-up Santa Margarita (274) and 70 points ahead of third-place finisher Harvard-Westlake (247).
Full meet results from the 2019 CIF Finals can be found here.
This season, Loyola finished undefeated in dual meet action (6-0) and won a 13th consecutive Mission League Championship under 19-year head coach Kevin Mann.
Congratulations to all of our AquaCubs!