Catholic Men Rise as Records Fall on Night Two of Championships

Catholic Men Rise as Records Fall on Night Two of Championships

WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America men's swimming and diving team saw multiple records fall on day two of the Landmark Conference Championships and finish the night in first place with 637.50 points. The University of Scranton trail 214.5 points and sit in second place with 417. 

The Cardinal men earned the top five spots in the 400-individual medley. Freshman Greg McCarthy led the way earning an NCAA DIII B-Cut along with setting a new school, meet and conference record with a winning time of 3:57.59. Sophomore Kevin Jay earned silver with a time of 4:11.07 and freshman James Verby touched in for bronze at 4:14.62. Senior Peter Bajorek swam the race in 4:16.26 for fourth place and sophomore Chris Crafa took fifth in 4:20.55.

Freshman Matt Mahon hit the wall first in the 200-freestyle with a winning time and new school record of 1:42.62 while junior Sam Hicks touched the wall fourth with a time of 1:43.80.

Sophomore Olivier Nguyen down Catholic Hall of Famer, Brett Raue's 25-year old school record (51.95) as he touched in for second place in the 100-butterfly with a time of 50.98.

Freshman David Lindros earned silver in the 100-backstroke touching in at 52.28 while Nguyen (53.25) hit the wall four fourth and fellow sophomore Dan Lawrey (56.13) touched in for 10th.

Senior Joseph Soraghan and freshman Patrick Fischer concluded their weekend in a two-three finish on the 3-meter diving board with scores of 340.20 and 300.05, respectively. Sophomore Will Chester (276.35) finished in fifth place while freshman Christophe Sanchez-O'Brien (241.50) finished sixth.

Catholic sophomore George Isaacs (1:01.24) touched sixth in the 100-breaststroke and freshman Kyle Kreuscher (1:02.24) hit the wall for 10th.

The men won each relay on the second night of the Landmark Championships and set school records in both the 200-medley and 800-freestyle relays.

Nguyen (23.68) led-off with the backstroke on the 200-medley relay followed by freshman Chris Grunbok (26.38) in the breaststroke and Jay (22.74). in the butterfly. Isaacs anchored the winning relay with a freestyle split of 21.22 seconds for a final time of 1:34.01.

McCarthy (1:42.80) swam first in the 800-freestyle relay. Jay (1:44.42) took on the second leg while Mahon (1:42.46) swam third and Hicks (1:44.51) touched the wall for a Championship time of 6:54.19.

The Landmark Conference Championships final session is set for Sunday, February 18. Preliminaries commence at 10 a.m. Visit the Landmark Conference Championship for live results, video stream and meet updates.

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