Boyds, Md. - The Catholic University of America men's swimming and diving team earned the top spot in all six events on the opening night of the 2018 Landmark Conference Championships and currently sit in first place with 294.5 points.
Among their night one performance, the reigning Landmark Conference Champions set a new championship meet record along with four Catholic University records.
The Cardinals kicked off the meet with a meet and school record in the 200-freestyle relay with a winning time of 1:23.90. Freshman Matt Mahon led the foursome with a 21.28-second split. Sophomore Kevin Jay followed in 20.91 seconds while his classmate George Isaacs swam the third leg in 21.13 seconds. Fellow sophomore Olivier Nguyen swam the final leg and hit the wall in 20.68 seconds for the victory.
Catholic freshman Greg McCarthy took the top spot in the 200-individual medley and earn an NCAA B-Cut with a new school record and winning time of 1:50.87. Jay touched in third place (1:54.33) and senior Peter Bajorek finished seventh (2:00.64).
Mahon won the 50-freestyle with a Catholic record time of 21.06. Nguyen (21.48) grabbed the fourth place spot in the 50-free and Isaacs (21.61) touched for ninth.
Catholic senior Joseph Soraghan became Catholic University's first ever diving champion as he took the top spot on the 1-meter board. Soraghan topped the field with a final score of 381.70 while sophomore Will Chester (289.15) earned bronze and freshmen Patrick Fischer (264.60) and Christophe Sanchez-O'Brien (240.60) dove for fifth and sixth place, respectively.
Newcomer James Verby and junior Sam Hicks swam for a one-two finish in the 500-freestyle. Verby got to the wall first with a championship time of 4:44.15 and Hick touched next with a silver medal time of 4:46.55. Sophomore Luke Nicholson touched eighth with a time of 4:53.98 and junior David Lanetti earn 14th in 5:59.03.
The Cardinals capped off the night with a victory and school record in the 400-medley relay (3:26.34). McCarthy swam the backstroke leg in 52.45 and his classmate Chris Grunbok followed with a 57.50 second split in the breaststroke. Nguyen popped a 50.57 in the butterfly and Mahon brought it home with a 45.82 second split in the freestyle.
The Landmark Conference Championships continue Saturday, February 17. Preliminaries commence at 10 a.m. Visit the Landmark Conference Championship for live results, video stream and meet updates.
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