CUA closes out first semester schedule against pair of Division I foes

CUA closes out first semester schedule against pair of Division I foes

WASHINGTON – CUA closed out its first semester schedule on Saturday, taking on Division I foes Georgetown and Howard.  The Cardinals received solid performances from both the men and women, led by Caleb Capozella, who won the 200 free, and Rachel Berry, who helped lead a pair of relay teams to top-three finishes.

In men’s action, Capozella won the 200 free with a time of 1:46.66, and he finished second in the 100 backstroke (53.44).

Matt Wagner placed fifth in the 100 butterfly, posting a time of 56.85, and Dominic Grillo took fifth in the 100 free, with a time of 51.38.

Luke Granelli posted a second place finish in the 100 breastroke in 1:05.74, while in the 500 free Justin Kenyon came in fifth place, with a time of 5:18.21.

In the 200 freestyle relay Capozella teamed up with Grillo, Stephen Gill and Wagner to earn a second place finish in 1:30.99.  Brendan Place, Patrick McMullen, Chris LeDonne and Stephen Mooers came in third in the race, finishing in 1:35.87.

On the women’s side, Berry finished fifth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:03.13, and she also helped the 200-yard freestyle relay team finish second with a time of 1:48.14.  Rose Buckley, Chelsea Doyle and Nicole DiGiacinto teamed up with Berry for the second place performance.

Coming in third in the 200 freestyle relay were Nicole Castellano, Laurie Wei, Kristen Gunn and Annie Rose Kostrzewski, with a time of 1:53.56.

In the 400-yard medley relay, Michelle Navarro, Laura Keehn, Berry and Julia Wisler finished third, with a time of 4:18.84.

Keehn won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:14.83, while Castellano (1:16.81) and Ali Taylor (1:17.52) finished in second and third, respectively.

Joanna Ladas finished fourth in the 200 IM, posting a time of 2:19.76, Wisler (58.05) and DiGiacinto (59.01) placed fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 100 free.

In the 100 backstroke, Navarro came in fourth place, touching in 1:05.04,

CUA will now be off for final exams and the holiday break before returning to action on January 12 when the Cardinals travel to Pennsylvania to face conference foe Scranton.  Start time is set for 1 p.m.