Cardinals Take Gold in Four Events, Extend Championship Lead

Photo Courtesy of David Sinclair
Photo Courtesy of David Sinclair

BOYDS, Md. - The Catholic University men's swimming and diving team took the top spot in four events in night two of the Landmark Conference Championships and finished the evening in first place with 590 points. Susquehanna (424) and Scranton (420.5) trail by more than 160 points in second and third. 

The Cardinals started their evening with a silver medal performance in the 200-medley relay event. Freshman Jeffrey Schriefer-Flores (24.36) led off for Catholic, freshman Daniel Taylor (26.44) and junior Kevin Jay (22.98) followed, and junior George Isaacs (20.89) swam as the anchor to touch for a 1:34.67 relay time. 

In the 400-IM, Catholic followed with its second podium sweep of the weekend as sophomore Gregory McCarthy (4:01.65), sophomore James Verby (4:14.45), and senior David Lanetti (4:20.07) finished first, second, and third. McCarthy took gold in the 400-IM for a second straight year, coming close to the Division III B-Cut time of 4:01.49.

The top time in the 100-butterfly final was courtesy of Jay (51.33), who credited more than just himself after the sprint event ended. In a very tight race, Jay was in the middle of the pack with about five yards to swim, but he touched first to win his first ever individual event. After popping up out of the water, the Wayne, Pa. native pointed to the "CC" intials written on his chest honoring Chris Crafa, his former friend and teammate, and said "That was all Chris."

Sophomore Matthew Mahon got himself another gold on Saturday, this time in the 200-freestyle. Mahon swam 1:42.62 for first place, and senior Sam Hicks followed close behind for fourth at 1:44.22. Freshman Lenny Brown contributed with a 9th place finish in the conference, winning the consolation B-final with a 1:47.00 time. 

Catholic took third, seventh, and ninth in a record-breaking 100-breast final. Taylor broke the program record time (58.65) in his bronze medal performance with a 58.46 swim. Freshman Alex Farley (1:00.16) placed seventh, and Isaacs (59.69) won the consolation final. 

Schriefer-Flores touched second in a tightly-contested 100-back final at 52.12 for silver. Junior Dan Lawrey and freshman Alec Powers took 9th and 10th when they finished first and second in the consolation final.  

In the 1-meter diving event, the Cardinals claimed the siver and bronze medals to earn 33 points. Sophomore Patrick Fischer led the way, scoring 261.60 for second place, and freshman Brett Russell followed for third with 132.25. 

For a second consecutive evening, the men ended the night with a gold medal relay performance. McCarthy, Mahon, Taylor, and Hicks combined for a 6:59.92 in the 800-freestyle, beating the nearest competition by more than three seconds. 

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.