Cardinals Earn Seventh Sweep After Topping Randolph-Macon

Cardinals Earn Seventh Sweep After Topping Randolph-Macon

Ashland, Va. -  Head coach Paul Waas of The Catholic University of America men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams led the Cardinals to their seventh sweep of the 2017-18 season with victories over Randolph-Macon College on Saturday. The men’s team dominated the Yellow Jackets with a final score of 218-44 while the Cardinal women took the Jackets down 150-112.

The Cardinals won all 14 men’s events while sweeping 9 of the 12 individual events.

Junior Sam Hicks led the Cardinals to 1-2-3 finishes in the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle events while freshman Matt Mahon guided sweeps of the 50-yard and 500-yard freestyle races. Hicks touch in at 48.79 and 1:48.81 during the 100-yard and 200-yard races, respectively while Mahon hit the wall in 22.65 seconds for the 50-free and 4:48.54 for the 500.

Sophomore Olivier Nguyen directed the Cardinals to sweeps in the 100-butterfly and 200-backstroke with winning times of 54.80 and 2:01.83, respectively.

The Cardinals also earned 1-2-3 finishes in the 1000-freestyle, 100-backstroke and 400-individual medley. Freshman James Verby touched first in the 1000-free (10:12.73) as sophomore Chris Crafa won the 100-back (56.85) and his classmate Kevin Jay captured the 400-IM (4:20.51).

Freshman Chris Grunbok won both of the breaststroke events with finishing times of 1:01.95 in the 100-yard race and 2:18.59 in the 200-yard event. Sophomore Luke Nicholson won gold during the 200-butterfly as he hit the wall at 2:02.62.

For the women, freshman Morgan James led sweeps in the back-to-back sprint freestyle events. She popped a winning time of 25.88 in the 50-freestyle and dove right back into the pool to win the 100-freestyle in 57.72 seconds.

Freshman Caroline Beal was a two-time winner as she hit the wall first in both of the backstroke events. She captured the 100-backstroke with a final time of 1:02.82 when earning the top spot in the 200-backstroke in 2:15.23.

Sophomore Elizabeth Spernal swam for gold in the 1000-freestyle (11:31.95) and junior Pippa Rogers touched the wall first in the 400-individual medley (5:00.39).

The Cardinals return to the nation’s capital to host Division I Howard University on Saturday, January 27 at 1 p.m.

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