Cardinals Find Podium Six Times Saturday at Conference Meet

Photo Courtesy of David Sinclair
Photo Courtesy of David Sinclair

BOYDS, Md. – With six finishers in the top three of the eight final events, the Catholic University women's swimming and diving team had a strong showing on night two of the Landmark Championships. The Cardinals sit in third place with 462 points, trailing Scranton by just seven and first-place Susquehanna (538).

The women took bronze in the first final event of the evening, the 200-medley relay. Freshman Megan Leibfreid (27.34) got things started for Catholic, sophomore Molly Donnellan (31.87) and freshman Angela Castano (25.55) followed, and sophomore Caroline Beal (24.23) swam as the anchor to touch for a 1:48.99 relay time. 

Freshman Cagney Boyle stepped up next for the Cardinals to earn another bronze medal in the 400-IM. Swimming in the eighth lane, Boyle touched at 4:46.07 to earn 16 points for Catholic. Senior Valerie Sander followed with a 4:50.23 time for 6th place in the final. In the consolation final, junior Emily Tighe (4:52.83) swam the fastest time to take home nine points.

Castano earned important points once again, this time individually in the 100-butterfly final. Her 59.48 time placed fourth in the A-final. Senior Rachael Zarlinski and sophomore Grace Smith went second and third in the consolation final to claim points as 10th and 11th place finishers in the conference. 

In the 200-freestyle, Catholic took 8th, 9th, and 11th to pick up a total of 26 points. Freshman Kate Von Heeringen (2:02.69) took eighth in the A-final while junior Elizabeth Spernal (2:01.69) and freshman Colleen McDonald (2:02.31) placed highly in the consolation event. Donnellan also placed eighth in the final of the 100-breast with a time of 1:10.44.

The Cardinals placed three swimmers, more than any Landmark competitor, in the top eight of the 100-back event, including silver and bronze medal performances. Beal (59.54) and Leibfreid (59.81) took second and third while freshman Kelly Smith placed seventh at 1:01.72. The trio combined for 45 points in the event, and freshman Bridget Roach added on with her first place finish in the consolation final (1:02.07). 

On the boards, sophomore Colleen O'Callaghan earned herself a spot on the podium with an impressive day at the 3-meter diving event. She scored 234.30 for the bronze medal. Junior Mackenzie Earley placed just behind her in fourth with 222.45 points. 

Catholic closed the night with another bronze medal performance in the 800-freestyle relay. Sander, McDonald, Spernal, and Von Heeringen teamed up for a 8:10.61 time to earn 32 points.

The final day of the Landmark Conference Championships comes tomorrow Sunday, February 17. Preliminaries commence at 10 a.m. Visit the Landmark Conference Championship for live results, video stream and meet updates.