Cardinals Sweep Sea Gulls in Season Opener

Cardinals Sweep Sea Gulls in Season Opener

Salisbury, Md. -The Catholic University of America men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams jumped into the 2017-18 season with victories over Salisbury University on Saturday afternoon. The men’s side earned a 131-74 advantage over the Sea Gulls while the women tallied a final score of 149-55.

Catholic freshman James Verby and sophomore Luke Nicholson got things started for the men with a one-two finish in the 800-meter freestyle with final times of 9:15.40 and 9:21.26, respectively.

Freshman Greg McCarthy captured back-to-back first-place finishes in the 200-meter individual medley (2:15.13) followed by the 100-meter butterfly (1:00.26). Rookie Matt Mahon touched in first during the 100-freestyle (54.38) while classmate Chris Grunbok hit the wall for gold in the 100-breaststroke (1:08.25).

The Catholic women swept four of the nine individual events. Sophomore Jacquelyn Bouvier kicked off the meet with a victory in the 800-meter freestyle (10:26.26) followed by junior Pippa Rogers (10:35.56) and senior Kristen Dawson (11:07.34).

Freshman Caroline Beal touched in first in the 200-freestyle (2:20.18) with sophomores Kassi Grumski (2:26.20) and Elizabeth Spernal (2:26.59) hitting the wall behind her for the Catholic one-two-three finish.

Beal led her second sweep of the day in the 100-freestyle (1:03.43) just ahead of sophomores Emily Tighe (1:05.12) and Isabella Laccetti (1:11.40).

Catholic upperclassmen took the 50-meter freestyle with seniors Basira Knight (28.94) and Rachel Chain (29.17) along with junior Rachael Zarlinski (28.80) taking the top three spots, respectively.

The Cardinals return to the nation’s capital to host Landmark foe the University of Scranton on Friday, October 27th at 5 p.m.

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