Cardinals head to N.Y. for Landmark Conference championships

Cardinals head to N.Y. for Landmark Conference championships

WASHINGTON – The CUA swimming teams head to Kings Point, N.Y. this weekend as the Cardinals get set to compete at the 2011 Landmark Conference championships.  Merchant Marine Academy will serve as the host institution with action getting underway at 11 a.m. on Friday and concluding on Sunday evening.

The CUA women were last in action on January 29 when the Cardinals hosted Randolph-Macon inside the DuFour Center.  Joanna Ladas, Shannon Silsby and Gabby Giambagno each posted first place finishes on the day, while Kristen Gunn, Lisa Brooks and the 400-yard medley relay team all recorded second place finishes.

Brooks captured a pair of individual titles at last year’s championship, earning first place in the 200 breaststroke and the 100 breaststroke.  With Brooks leading the way CUA placed third as a team, totaling 333.5 points.

Brooks has once again had a strong season for the Cardinals and will look to go out on top this weekend.  Ladas has been impressive from day one for CUA, earning three swimmer of the week awards throughout the year, two from the Landmark Conference and another from

Other Cardinals on the women’s side to keep an eye on include Silsby, Giambagno, Gunn, Rachel Berry, Ashley Wilson, Rose Buckley, Annie Cannatella, Emily Nguyen and Melanie Rebechi.

On the men’s side, CUA will look to improve upon its fifth place finish of a year ago when the Cardinals totaled 133 points.    

CUA was last in action on January 22 when the Cardinals competed against Washington & Lee and Marymount in a double dual in Lexington, Va.  Freshman Caleb Capozella continued his stellar first season, winning a pair of races, including the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard backstroke. 

Capozella was also a member of the first place 200-yard freestyle relay team, along with Pat Flannery, Brendan Reilly and Stephen Gill.

In addition to those four, other Cardinals on the men’s side to watch this weekend include Justin Kenyon, Brian Jones, Zach Hutton, Evan Hundley, Steve Henderson, Dominic Grillo, Jakub Deptula, Paul McGee, Chris Ryan and Jacob Martin.

Seven women’s teams and six men’s teams will be in search of the Landmark Conference championship, while champions will also be crowned in 15 individual events and four relays for both the men and women.

On the men’s side Merchant Marine Academy has won the first three Landmark Conference titles, and on the women’s side, Scranton has done the same. 

Complete lineups and race results can be viewed here.