Boyds, Md. - The Catholic University of America women's swimming and diving team took down two school records and hold onto second place with 493 points after night two of the Landmark Conference Champions. The Cardinals trail Susquehanna University (587) and sit above the University of Scranton (370).
Catholic junior Rachael Zarlinski kicked off the day with a preliminary time of 59.04 for a new school record in the 100-butterfly. She returned at in finals to with a time of 59.17 for third place while senior Rachel Chain (1:01.80) touched in seventh. Senior Brooke Krajewski led the consolation final with a ninth-place time of 1:00.73 followed by freshman Grace Smith (1:02.08) and junior Pippa Rogers (1:02.78) in 11th and 12th place, respectively.
Freshman Caroline Beal brought down the Catholic school record with a third-place time of 58.62 in the 100-backstroke. Zarlinski (1:00.33) hit the wall for sixth while freshman Morgan James (1:00.45) earned ninth while Chain (1:02.73) touched 12th.
Beal (1:58.18) hit the wall for bronze in the 200-freestyle followed by senior Madison Amann (1:59.60) in sixth and junior Emily Messina (2:00.72) in eighth. Sophomore duo Kassi Grumski (2:01.35) and Elizabeth Spernal (2:02.89) finished 10th and 12th, respectively in the 200-freestyle.
Junior Valerie Sander along with Rogers and sophomore Emily Tighe earned top-eight finishes in the 400-individual medley. Sanders touched fourth with a time of 4:49.25 followed by Rogers (4:52.41) in sixth and Tighe (4:58.33) in eighth place.
Senior Riley Hawblitzel dove for a sixth-place score of 288.55 on the one-meter diving board. Sophomore Mackenzie Earley (246.20) finished 11th and freshman Colleen O'Callaghan (234.10) finished 13th.
Catholic touched in for second place during the 200-medley relay (1:48.54) with Beal (27.30) in the backstroke spot, Knight (30.44) in the breaststroke leg, Zarlinski (26.02) in the butterfly and James (24.78) on the freestyle anchor.
The Cardinals finished third in the 800-freestyle relay. Sander swam the first 200-yards in 2:00.83 and Beal split the second leg in 1:58.08. Messina (2:03.28) swam third and Amann (2:00.08) anchored the foursome who touched in at 8:02.27.
The Landmark Conference Championships final session is set for Sunday, February 18. Preliminaries commence at 10 a.m. Visit the Landmark Conference Championship for live results, video stream and meet updates.
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