CUA wraps up weekend at championship; Waas earns major award
SCRANTON, Pa. – CUA wrapped up competition at the 2013 Landmark Conference championship on Sunday, with Julia Wisler claiming the Cardinals' third individual title of the weekend, finishing first in the 100 free. The CUA women finished 3rd in the standings with 475.5 points, while the men placed 5th with 300 points. Also, for the second time in three years, CUA Head Coach Paul Waas and his assistants were named the Women's Coaching Staff of the Year.
Wisler won the 100 free, touching in a time of 53.431 for her second title of the weekend, while Nicole DiGiacinto finished 6th, in 56.45.
A day after winning the 100 butterfly, Rachel Berry finished 2nd in the 200 butterfly, with a time of 2:14.08, while Gabby Giambagno was 4th (2:14.34) and Laurie Wei came in 6th (2:22.57).
In the 1650 free, Giambagno finished 4th, posting a time of 18:36.27, while Chelsea Doyle (2:13.07) and Michelle Navarro (2:15.7) finished 5th and 6th, respectively, in the 200 backstroke.
The 400 freestyle relay foursome of Wisler, DiGiacinto, Doyle and Navarro came in 2nd, with a time of 3:40.67.
In men's action, Matt Wagner's time of 47.92 placed him in 4th in the 100 free, and Chris LeDonne's time of 2:02.06 was good for 5th place in the 200 butterfly. Jakub Deptula came in 10th in the 200 butterfly, with a time of 2:06.34.
Justin Kenyon placed 8th in the 1650 freestyle, finishing in a time of 17:13.46, and Luke Granelli came in 9th in the 200 breaststroke, posting a time of 2:15.06.
Merchant Marine Academy won the men's title, totaling 924 points in the process, followed by Susquehanna (631), Scranton (575), Marywood (332), CUA (300), Goucher (275) and Drew (145).
The women's championship went to Susquehanna after the Crusaders finished with 803 points. Scranton was next in line with 666.5 points, and the Royals were followed by CUA (475.5), USMMA (402), Marywood (326), Juniata (318), Drew (269) and Goucher (171).
Waas and his staff earn their second Coaching Staff of the Year award in the last three seasons after leading the women to that third place finish. In 2011, the Cardinal women also finished third, led by Joanna Ladas, who was named the Female Swimmer and Rookie of the Year.
Day One Results
Day Two Results
2013 Landmark Conference Championship, Final Team Standings
1. USMMA, 924
2. Susquehanna, 631
3. Scranton, 575
4. Marywood, 332
5. Catholic University, 300
6. Goucher, 275
7. Drew, 145
1. Susquehanna, 803
2. Scranton, 666.5
3. Catholic University, 475.5
4. USMMA, 402
5. Marywood, 326
6. Juniata, 318
7. Drew, 269
8. Goucher, 171