February 14, 2009

The Women Swimmers are in second place and the men in fourth after two days of swimming at the Landmark Conference Championships.

The Women Swimmers are in second place and the men in fourth after two days of swimming at the Landmark Conference Championships.

2/14/09

Kings Point, N.Y.- Both the women's and men's teams finished day two in the pool in the same place they started the day-the women in second and the men in fourth. The women finished with 227 points, behind Scranton who has 454 points. The men enter the final day of competition with 183 points. The host school, USMMA leads the men's division with 503 points.

Lisa Brooks (Fairfax, Va./Fairfax) shined today for the Cardinals. In the 100 yard breaststroke, her time of 1:05.53 enabled her to finish five seconds faster than the next closest swimmer. This time was a new conference record, defeating her old time by nearly two seconds. This fantastic swim gave Brooks her second straight conference title in this event. She also swam the second leg of the team that finished second in the 200 yard freestyle relay. The team made up of Mary Connelly (Horsham, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham), Brooks, Brenna Foust (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty), and Helene Nicoletti (Haddonfield, N.J./Haddonfield) finished the race in 1:53.58 seconds. Connelly swam a time of 1:03.33 in the 100 yard backstroke, which also earned a third place for the day.

The second day of competing featured many CUA swimmers finishing in the top ten. These included four women swimmers in the 200 yard freestyle. Helene Nicoletti took fifth place, Brenna Foust finished shortly after her to capture sixth, and Krystal Dole (Corbin, Ky./Model) and Katie Blemmings (Langhorne, Pa./Notre Dame)  took eighth and ninth place, respectively. The 800 yard freestyle relay team of Dole, freshman Katherine Kelly (Spring Lake, N.J./Manasquan), Blemmings, and Nicoletti finished in a time of 8:37.97, gaining fourth place. Kelly also earned fifth place in the 400 IM.  Rounding out the top-ten finishers for the women was junior Caitlin Schettino (Babylon, N.Y./St. Anthony's). She placed seventh in the 100 yard breaststroke.

On the men's side, senior Reik Foust (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) excelled in the 100 yard backstroke. His time of 54.53 earned him the top CUA men's finish of the day, and second place honors in the event. Sophomore Brian Shelton (Annadale, N.J./North Hunterdon) earned two second place finishes. The first came in the 100 breaststroke, as a result of finishing with a time of 101.45. He then swam the first leg of the 800 yard freestyle relay team that also was a runner-up. Shelton, Brian Jones (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield), Sean Murphy (North Attleboro, Mass./Bishop Feehan) and Kevin Cravedi (Bethesda, Md./Good Counsel) all swam great splits to finish in a time of 7:19.56.

Individually, Brian Jones also shined in the 200 yard freestyle. His time of 1:47.14 earned him fourth place. In this race, freshman Brandan Reilly (Alexandria, VA./Bishop Ireton)  finished just a tenth of a second behind him to capture fifth place. Jones also swam a leg of the fifth place finishing, 200 yard freestyle relay team. Also on this team were Foust, senior Andrew Kalna (Stafford, Va./Mother of Divine Grace), and sophomore Luke Miller (State College, Pa./State High). Miller also eclipsed the top ten in the 100 breaststroke. Also finishing in the top ten in the 100 butterfly was Kevin Cravedi.

The Cardinals look to end the tournament with excellent swimming tomorrow. The prelims start at 11:00 and the finals will be at 5:00 PM.

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