Catholic Swim Teams split with Salisbury

Catholic Swim Teams split with Salisbury

January 31, 2009 

SALISBURY, Md.- The Catholic swimmers traveled to Salisbury University to take on the Seagulls in non-conference action today. Winning first place in seven of the eleven events helped the men's team to a 118-87 victory. The women's team also posted good performances, but in the end were defeated 114-91.

Leading the men again today was senior Reik Foust (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty). He earned individual victories in the 50 meter freestyle (25.64 sec.) and the 200 backstroke (1:03.30 sec.). He also swam the first leg of the top-finishing 200 meter medley relay team. Also swimming great splits were senior Andrew Kalna (Stafford, Va./Mother of Divine Grace), sophomore Luke Miller (State College, Pa./State High), and sophomore Brian Jones (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield).

Four other Cardinal swimmers each placed first in their events today. Jones also swam a time of 4:29.05 to earn first place in the 400 meter freestyle. Sophomore Brian Shelton (Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon) swam an impressive 9:21.37 to beat his next closest competitor by five seconds and receive first place in the 800 meter freestyle. Freshman Justin Bertuch (Patchogue, NY/St. Anthony's)won the 200 meter freestyle with a time of 2:03.06. Junior Kevin Cravedia rounded out the Cardinal top finishers with a win in the 100 meter butterfly. He finished in a time of 1:02.05.

Seven Cardinal swimmers earned second place finishes today. Leading them was sophomore Mike Murphy (North Attleboro, Mass./Bishop Feehan). He placed second in the 200 IM, the 100 meter freestyle and swam a leg of the 200 meter freestyle. Also on this relay team were freshman Brandan Reilly (Alexandria, VA./Bishop Ireton), freshman Stephen Johnson (Blackwood, N.J./Triton Regional), and freshman Stephen Henderson (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake). Henderson also placed second in the 100 backstroke. Luke Miller was narrowly defeated in the 100 meter breaststroke. Also touching the wall second were Andrew Kalna (100 butterfly and Brian Shelton (400 freestyle).

Despite being defeated, five women's swimmers took home first place awards. The Cardinals were led by junior Helene Nicoletti (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddonfield). She narrowly captured victory in the 50 meter freestyle and the 100 meter freestyle, with times of 29.41 and 1:03.88, respectively. Also earning two first place finishes was sophomore Lisa Brooks (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax). She finished three seconds better than her closest competitor to earn a victory in the 200 meter IM. She also won the 100 meter breaststroke by a similar margin, finishing in a time of 1:17.74. Rounding out the Cardinal top-finishers was sophomore Mary Connely (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham). She swam the 100 meter backstroke in a time of 1:11.43.

The Cardinals finished Second in six races. Senior Krystal Dole (Corbin, Ky./Model) led the Cardinals with second place finishes in the 200 Freestyle, the 100 freestyle and was also a member of the 200 meter freestyle relay team. Also on swimming on this team were Nicoletti, senior Katie Dunn (New Hyde Park, NY/New Hyde Park Memorial), and sophomore Anne Welsh (Collegeville, Pa./Methacton). Freshman Brenda Foust also earned two runner-up finishes in the 800 freestyle and the 400 freestyle. Lastly, Connely touched the wall very shortly after Nicoletti to earn second in the 50 meter freestyle.

The Cardinals will now take a couple of weeks to prepare for the Landmark Conference Championships at USMMA. These will take place February 13-15.

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