Cardinals Sweep Pacers in Landmark Showdown

Cardinals Sweep Pacers in Landmark Showdown

WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams each captured victories over Landmark opponent Marywood University on Sunday afternoon. The Catholic men earned the win with a final score of 222-73 while the women finished with a 165-126 advantage.

For the men, Catholic freshman Matt Mahon, sophomore Olivier Nguyen along with seniors Peter Bajorek and Joseph Soraghan were all double winners in their respective individual events.

Bajorek took the first individual win of the day leading Cardinals in a sweep of the 1000-freestyle with a winning time of 11:11.43. Sophomores Chris Crafa (11:14.25) and Alex Braziel (11:55.73) followed in second and third place. Bajorek later led Catholic in the 200-individual medley (2:07.88) followed by junior David Lanetti (2:11.88) and freshman Kyle Kreuscher (2:12.08).

Mahon won the 200-freestyle (1:47.73) and later earned the top spot in Catholic’s 1-2-3 finish in the 500-freestyle, touching in at 5:05.42. Sophomore Dan Lawrey (5:32.78) hit next and freshman Caleb O'Brien (5:40.60) rounded out the top-three.

Nguyen earned his individual first-place finishing swimming the 50-freestyle in 22.55 seconds and later finishing the 200-backstroke in 2:06.66.

Soraghan racked up 235.87 points on the 1-meter diving board for a first-place finish followed by 201.90 points for the top spot on the 3-meter board.

For the Catholic women, senior Rachel Chain captured the winning spot in the 100-backstroke (1:04.90) and the 100-butterfly (1:04.27).  The Cardinals swept the 100-butterfly with senior Brooke Krajewski (1:05.27) touching next followed by freshman Katie Van Lew (1:09.35).

Freshman Marie Redoutey hit the wall first in the 100-breaststroke (1:17.24) followed by junior Mary Margaret Deedrick (1:17.83). The duo flipped rolls in the 200-breaststroke with Deedrick (2:46.83) in the top spot and Redoutey (2:47.17) taking silver.

Freshman Morgan James led the field in the 50-freestyle with a winning time of 25.37 followed by senior Basira Knight (25.92). Fellow rookie Caroline Beal won the 100-freestyle (58.06) ahead of junior Emily Messina (58.30).

James led off the winning 400-freestyle relay with Beal and Messina following. Sophomore Emily Tighe anchored the foursome for a first-place finish, touching in at 3:53.46.

Up next, the Cardinals will host NCAA Division II opponent Barton College on Saturday, November 4, at 1 p.m.

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