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.