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College Roundup Dublin swimmer making waves at Cleveland St.

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By John Manley

Cleveland State has had a tradition of featuring Irish swimmers. After several years’ absence of anyone from Ireland on the roster, Aidan McLaughlin appeared on the horizon and has been a welcome addition.

The freshman from Dublin won the men’s 100-yard freestyle in a dual meet with Wisconsin-Green Bay. He made it through the pool in 48.16 seconds, with Green Bay’s Matt Richard along for second place in 48.65 seconds. McLaughlin also led off the Vikings’ winning effort in the 400-yard freestyle relay. He swam the anchor leg in the 400-yard medley relay, in which Cleveland finished second. Green Bay defeated the Vikings, 123.5-118.5.

McLaughlin, who prepped at Terenure College, won two individual events in a tri-meet with Baldwin-Wallace and Gannon. He was best in both the 100- and 200-yard freestyle, completing the swims in 48.23 seconds and 1:47.83, respectively. Cleveland defeated both its opponents.

Women’s basketball

Susan Moran keeps cranking out noteworthy performances. The St. Joseph’s

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(Pa.) junior from Tullamore, Co. Offaly, began the week with 24 points in a 63-62 loss to St. John’s. She drained the hoop on 9 of 12 attempts from the floor and 6 of 8 from the foul line. She also had eight rebounds.

The Hawks, mired in a three-game losing streak, then ventured to Kansas for the Jayhawk Classic. They left with the championship trophy for the team and Most Valuable Player honors for Moran.

St. Joe’s began with a 64-62 win over Minnesota, despite Moran fouling out late in the game. She nailed 6 of 13 from the floor and was 3-for-4 from the line for 15 points, while putting the clamps on nine rebounds.

In the title game, Moran equaled her career high of 30 points, shooting 9-for-16 from the floor and 12-for-13 from the line.

She had eight rebounds.

St. Joe’s won the game, 70-67, to improve to 3-3.

Michelle Fahy has found a role down low for Iona. The freshman from Galway scored 22 points in her collegiate debut, a 93-76 loss to Virginia Commonwealth. Fahy shot 10-for-16 from the floor and 2-for-3 from the foul line. She also had seven rebounds. Iona won its first game of the season over Albany, 61-47, with Fahy contributing 14 points on 4-for-8 from the floor and 6-for-10 from the line. She also had eight rebounds and two steals.

Fahy left the shooting to others in a 66-56 victory over Colgate, in which she scored just three points (1-2, 1-2), while amassing 14 boards and three blocks. Iona then lost to LIU, 94-67, with Fahy scoring four points, hitting 2 of 4 field goal attempts. She had five rebounds and two steals.

Another freshman on the scene is Sacred Heart’s Kate Maher. She hit nothing but net in her first contest, a 68-58 loss to Pittsburgh. She scored six points on 3-for-3 shooting in 17 minutes of floor time. She also had two assists. Maher scored eight points in a 67-55 loss to Hartford. She connected on 3 of 4 from the field, including her only three-point try, and

made her only foul shot. She also had three caroms in 14 minutes of playing time. Her range was spottier in a 57-55 loss to Lafayette. Maher had six points on 2-for-9 from the field and 2-for-3 from the stripe. Her stats also show two rebounds, two assists and three steals in the loss. The Pioneers’ roster lists her hometown as Kilmaquague.

Siobhan Kilkenny scored two points in five minutes of action as Manhattan downed Brown, 83-80. The freshman from Castlebar, Co. Mayo, hit 1 of 3 from the floor and had two rebounds for the 5-1 Lady Jaspers.

Men’s basketball

Azusa Pacific hasn’t been calling on Gary Dredge to put many points on the board, but the junior from Clondalkin, Co. Dublin has been effective at finding the handle on rebounds. Dredge had two points in a 77-56 victory over Western Oregon and brought down eight rebounds, four at both ends of the floor. In an 82-54 romp over Menlo College, Dredge scored four points on

2-of-3 shooting and was credited with 11 boards. Azusa is 7-1.

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