Trio of state champion Ramblers conclude college swimming careers: During her senior year at Loyola, Elizabeth Canning (Class of 2015) wasn’t sure if she wanted to swim in college. After completing a four-year swimming career at Boston College, a Jesuit institution, in February, she sajd she’s grateful she choose to continue the sport. 

“Best experience of my life,” Canning said. “I made lifelong friends through the team and did so many cool things. I didn’t know what to expect going in, other than it would be hard and competitive, but I wasn’t afraid of the unknown. It was kind of exciting.”

Canning (pictured above) is one of three who helped the Ramblers capture the 2014 state championship to swim in college. Libby Jardeleza (Class of 2015) swam at Penn, and Grace Tierney (Class of 2015) swam at Wisconsin. 

Claire Rushin (Class of 2015) was another contributor on the program’s only title team who continued her athletic career. She’s a senior lacrosse player at Harvard. 

A swimmer for 18 of her 22 years, Canning will miss the camaraderie that swimming offered. 

“There’s no better feeling than finishing a hard practice and seeing your best friends right there with you,” she said. 

Although continuing a Jesuit education wasn’t a requirement for Canning in choosing a college, it was a bonus. Her father, Chris Canning, is a 1981 Loyola graduate who went to Boston College.

“Loyola is a special place, and it helped me be successful at BC,” said Elizabeth, a Wilmette resident and product of St. Joseph School. “I liked the way the teachers, coaches and administrators at both schools cared about me outside of the classroom and pool.”

Upon graduating May 20, Elizabeth, a communications major, is looking for jobs in the Chicago area. She said she’s excited about seeing Loyola’s new aquatics center, which is set to open for the 2019-2020 school year. 

“It’s cool we were able to leave a mark at Loyola,” Canning said. “I can’t wait to see a state championship banner hanging in the new pool.”

Loyola diving alum Ryan Nash puts exclamation point on college career: Not many athletes achieve all of their goals, but Ryan Nash (Class of 2015) made good on a big one in his final season at Miami (Ohio) University. 

A diver, Nash played a part in the team’s first MAC championship since 2006. He took second in the 3-meter dive and earned a place on the all-conference second team. 

Photo credit: Boston College Athletics