Cardinals close out first half of year with strong performance

Cardinals close out first half of year with strong performance

WASHINGTON – The CUA swimming teams closed out their first semester schedule on Saturday as the Cardinals took on a pair of teams in Division I foes Howard and VMI.  The CUA women swept the two schools to improve to 6-1 on the year, while the men earned a split and finish the first half of the season at 5-2.

On the women's side of things, Lisa Brooks won the 200 IM as she finished in 2:23.74 and later, she won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:10.47.

Freshman Joanna Ladas won the 1000 free with a time of 11:43.27, while Gabby Giambagno was second, finishing in 11:58.08.  That pair also went one-two in the 500 free as Ladas finished in 5:33.46 and Giambagno came in with a time of 5:45.52.

In the 400 medley relay CUA took the top two spots, including a first place finish by the team of Kristen Gunn, Lisa Brooks, Rachel Berry and Shannon Silsby in a time of 4:21.16.  The second place team of Ashley Wilson, Katherine Kelly, Melanie Rebechi and Melissa Gately completed their race in 4:36.08.

In men's action, Caleb Capozella took first in the 100 backstroke as he touched in a time of 56.33 seconds, and Justin Kenyon (10:43.37) and Zach Hutton (11:00.64) placed second and third, respectively, in the 1000 free.

Capozella added a second place finish in the 200 IM (2:02.62), and Pat Flannery placed second in the 100 butterfly, as he recorded a time of 54.90 seconds.

Also on the men's side, the Cardinals had a pair of second place relay finishes, including the 400 freestyle team of Brian Jones, Brendan Place, Dominic Grillo and Stephen Henderson (3:27.23) and the 400 medley relay team of Caleb Capozella, Luke Miller, Pat Flannery and Stephen Gill (3:48.95).

CUA has the next month off for final exams and the holidays before returning to action on January 15 when the Cardinals travel to Pennsylvania to take on Scranton in a Landmark Conference meet.  Action is slated to begin at 1:00.