Cardinals Win Third-Straight Landmark Title, McCarthy Honored

Photo Courtesy of David Sinclair
Photo Courtesy of David Sinclair

BOYDS, Md. - The Catholic University men's swimming and diving team won the Landmark Conference Title for the third consecutive year with a final score of 867 points. The Cardinals topped the meet by 243 points with Susquehanna earning seconds (624) and Scranton taking third (612.5). 

The three-peat was not the only title defense, as sophomore Gregory McCarthy repeated as the Landmark Conference Swimmer of the Year. After being named Rookie and Swimmer of the Year as a freshman, the Silver Spring, Md. native made it happen again in this year's championships. McCarthy took first in the 200-breast Sunday evening and currently holds two meet records and one confernece record. 

Sophomore James Verby got things started for the men in the 1650-freestyle miler event in which Catholic placed three in the top eight. The distance specialist took gold once again with a time of 16:21.98. Freshman Lenny Brown (17:01.13) and junior Luke Nicholson (17:16.97) took fourth and eighth, respectively, to add 26 points to Catholic's total. 

Freshman Jeffrey Schriefer-Flores made school history in the 200-backstroke with his 1:53.46 time. The swim was good for a silver medal, but it also broke the 200-back school record set back in 2011 (1:53.65). Junior Dan Lawrey (1:59.64) contributed with a fifth place finish in the A-final. 

Another sprint event saw sophomore Matthew Mahon at the top of the podium on Sunday evening. Mahon took first in a tightly-contested 100-free with a 46.24, winning by seven hundreths of a second. Freshman Daniel Taylor got the bronze medal, touching just behind at 46.95, and senior Sam Hicks (48.13) placed seventh. 

Junior Kevin Jay joined McCarthy (2:06.83) on the podium in the 200-breast, earning third with a 2:10.76 time. Sophomore Kyle Kreuscher (2:12.37) took seventh, making it three top-eight finishers that claimed 48 total points in the event. Nicholson (1:57.75) and senior David Lanetti (1:58.01) placed third and fourth in the 200-butterfly.

The Cardinals closed the championship weekend just how they started it, with a gold medal relay performance. Schriefer-Flores, Jay, Taylor, and Mahon teamed up for a 3:07.10, beating the rest of the competition for first in the 400-free relay. 

Following the meet, the team cheered on head coach Paul Waas and his assistant, Emily Rollo, as they were honored as the Landmark Conference men's swimming coaching staff of the year.