RICHMOND, Va. - With 1582 points, the Catholic University men's swim team finished second place out of seven competing teams in the 2018 Randolph-Macon College Yellow Jacket Invitational after two days of swimming at the Collegiate School Aquatic Center. The women's team earned 1561 points for second place as the Cardinals collected 3143 points to claim the highest combined score of the meet.
The Cardinals had the best finish out of the six division III schools, besting Randolph-Macon (1239, third place) by 343 points, Washington College (1145 - fourth place), and Marymount (660 - fifth place). Division II Barton College took the top spot in the invitational, winning with 1686 points.
The men got off to a strong start Friday afternoon, grabbing third place in the 200-freestyle relay event. Matthew Mahon (22.08), Kevin Jay (21.95), Sam Hicks (21.93), and George Isaacs (22.20) teamed up for a 1:28.16 overall time that gave Catholic 54 points in the first men's event.
The team had an impressive showing in the 500-freestyle, placing four in the top ten out of 31 total swimmers. Mahon (6th - 4:53.24), Hicks (7th - 4:55.81), Luke Nicholson (8th - 4:56.29), and James Verby (10th - 4:59.46) earned Catholic 76 total points in the event.
Sophomore Gregory McCarthy beat everyone in the 200-individual medley to take 32 points. His 1:57.12 time was the fastest out of all 34 swimmers in the event. Freshman Daniel Taylor took 8th place with a time of 1:59.54.
Two top-five finishes in the 50-freestyle sprint gave the Cardinals 54 points, thanks to freshman Jeffrey Schriefer-Flores and Isaacs. Schriefer-Flores (21.71) had the second best time out of 36 competing swimmers, and Isaacs (21.96) followed close behind to take fourth place.
The Cardinals took fifth place in the 400-medley relay to finish the first day of competition. Schriefer-Flores, McCarthy, Jay, and Taylor recorded a 3:38.87 time. Friday's action placed the men in second behind Barton with 447 points.
Catholic started Saturday morning with a 54 point haul in the 200-medley relay. The same foursome of McCarthy, Taylor, Jay, and Schriefer-Flores teamed up once again for a 1:37.26 time for third place out of twelve relay teams. McCarthy followed with his second individual victory of the weekend in a first place finish in the 400-individual medley. His 4:12.49 was almost three seconds better than the second finisher and the best time out of 19 competing swimmers.
Jay (53.28) took third place in the 100-butterfly to earn 27 more points for the team. Isaacs (1:02.63), Chris Grunbok (1:02.91), and Alex Farley (1:03.50) finished 6th, 7th, and 8th in the 100-breaststroke to gain 69 points in the event. Nicholson finished with the fifth best time in the long 1650-freestyle (17:20.61) and 200-butterfly (2:00.57) to earn a total of 50 points.
The Cardinals wrapped up their weekend with an event 36 victory in the 400-freestyle relay to take 64 points and a second-place invitational finish. Schriefer-Flores, Taylor, Mahon, and Hicks combined for a 3:13.23 that took the top spot out of twelve relay teams.
It was a second consecutive impressive showing for head coach Paul Waas' swim teams, as they collected 2548 points to claim the highest combined score of the 2017 Yellow Jacket Invitational as well.
Catholic returns to the pool in 2019 for an away meet against Washington College on Saturday, January 12 at 1 p.m.
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