Chesterfield, Va. - With 1307 points, The Catholic University of America women's swim team took home the crown of the 2017 Randolph-Macon College Yellow Jacket Invitational. The men's team earned 1241 points for third place as the Cardinals collected 2548 points to claim the highest combined score of the meet.
The Catholic women captured the title 121 points ahead of the second place finisher, NCAA Division II Catawba College (1186). They outswam, Randolph-Macon (1082, third place), Washington College (1074, fourth place) and five additional division III school along with Division I Howard University (921, fifth place) and DII Barton College (706, seventh place).
Catholic freshman Caroline Beal set a new Catholic University school record in the 200-backstroke as she touched the wall with a finishing time of 2:09.91 for second place. The rookie also finished second in the 100-backstroke (1:00.77) and was a member the Cardinals third-place 200-freestyle relay (3:39.29) and eighth place 800-freestyle relay (8:20.49).
Fellow freshman Morgan James swam in right behind Beal for third place during the 100-backstroke with a finishing time of 1:02.06. Senior Rachel Chain hit the wall at 1:03.37 for ninth place and junior Rachael Zarlinski rounded out the top 10 with a time of 1:03.97.
James touched the wall in 54.72 seconds to claim the fourth place spot in the 100-freestyle. Sophomore Kassi Grumski (56.50) swam in for 13th place and senior Basira Knight (56.94) hit the wall in 16th place.
Knight claimed the eighth-place spot in the 100-breaststroke with a finishing time of 1:10.77 ahead of freshmen Marie Redoutey (1:13.99, 13th) and Ally Noccioli (1:14.60, 14th). During the 200-breaststroke Noccioli (2:38.76) touched in for 14th and Redoutey (2:39.79) grabbed 16th place while their classmate Molly Donnellan hit the wall at 2:36.46 for 12th place.
Freshman Grace Smith captured seventh place in the 100-butterfly (1:00.95) just ahead of senior Brooke Krajewski (1:01.42) who earned eighth. Krajewski (2:20.16) took 10th place in the 200-butterfly while junior Emily Messina captured a fifth-place time of 2:16.81.
Senior Madison Amann touched the wall at 2:17.19 for sixth place in the 200-individual medley after an 11th place finish in the 200-freestyle (2:00.85). Smith (2:19.07) and Donnellan (2:20.35) followed Amann in the 200-backstroke and finished in ninth and 13th place, respectively.
Chain earned seventh place points in the 200-backstroke with a finishing time of 2:17.20 while sophomore Emily Tighe (2:19.14) claimed eighth place and sophomore Emily Earley (2:21.01) touched in for 12th place.
For the men's team Catholic freshman Greg McCarthy took the top spot in the 400-individual medley with a winning time of 4:08.57. McCarthy then took bronze in the 200-breaststroke (2:09.88) and was a member of the Cardinals fifth-place 800-freestyle relay and ninth place 400-freestyle relay.
Senior Peter Bajorek (4:24.97) claimed sixth place in the 400-individual medley followed by freshman James Verby (4:27.14) in eighth and sophomore Chris Crafa (4:28.41). in 10th place. Bajorek later captured eight place points in the 200-butterfly (2:00.71) behind sophomore Luke Nicholson (1:59.65) who touched in for sixth.
Verby led the Cardinals in the 1650-freestyle and finished in fourth place with a time of 16:42.20. Nicholson followed in 17:42.08 for 11th place and senior Patrick Jones (18:43.31) finished in 15th place.
Sophomore Olivier Nguyen earned fourth place points in the 100-backstroke (53.40) followed by freshman David Lindros (54.93) in 10th, Crafa (56.83) in 13th and sophomore Dan Lawrey (58.03) in 15th place. Nguyen also grabbed fifth place 100-butterfly when he touched the wall in 52.25 seconds followed by Jay (54.29) in 11th place.
During the 200-freestyle, freshman Matt Mahon (1:46.07) swam into the wall for seventh place and senior Sam Hicks (1:48.14) touched in for 12th place. Mahon (47.79) later took sixth place in the 100-freestyle followed by Nguyen (48.35) and Hicks (48.87) in 11th and 17th place, respectively.
The Cardinals will head to Treasure Island, Fla., for their annual winter training trip. Upon their return, they host Washington College at 1 p.m., on Saturday, January 13.
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