Both Men and Women Swimmers Finish Third at the Landmark Conference Swim Championships.
King's Point-N.Y.- The conclusion of the final day of action at the USMMA pool saw the Cardinals swim teams in third place. On the women's side, the University of Scranton finished first with 657 points. Susquehanna University overtook Catholic to finish with 357 points. Catholic's final point total was 337. Finishing behind the Cardinals were Goucher, Drew, USMMA, and Juniata College. On the men's side, USMMA finished with 664 points. Scranton finished in second with a total of 439 points. The Catholic swimmers finished with 297 points. Finishing after them were Susquehanna, Goucher, and Drew. Both Scranton and USMMA repeated as conference champions after also winning the meet last year.
Lisa Brooks had another outstanding day. She was the only swimmer in the entire meet with two individual NCAA provisional qualifying times on the weekend. After qualifying yesterday in the 100 yard breaststroke, she qualified in the 200 yard breaststroke today. Her time of 2:24.39 was over eight seconds faster than the next closest competitor. Both the men's and women's 400 freestyle relay team helped CUA finish the day on a high note. They both came in second place. The women's team of Mary Connelly, Brenna Foust, Krystal Dole and Helene Nicolletti finished the event in 3:45.51. The men's team which consisted of Brian Jones, Kevin Cravedi, Stephen Johnson and Reik Foust finished their race in 3:16.01.
Brian Jones led the individual charge for the men. His time of 1:59.40 earned a third place finish in the 200 backstroke. Reik Foust finished fourth place in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 46.80. CUA swimmers had a strong showing in the first event of the day. John Caldwell led the charge in the 1650 yard freestyle. He completed the 33 laps in 17:49.26, to earn fifth place. Also placing was Sean Connelly and Alex Robins, who finished eighth and ninth, respectively. The Cardinals also showed their team depth in the 200 butterfly. Sean Murphy finished fourth with a time of 2:03.49. Shortly behind him was Kevin Cravedi, to earn fifth place. Andrew Kalna also eclipsed the top ten with his swim. Also finishing in fourth place was Brian Shelton. He swam the 200 breaststroke in 2:14.67. Luke Miller finished eighth in this event.
On the women's side, the Cardinals claimed four of the top ten spots in the 200 breaststroke. Brooks took first, Caitlyn Schettino placed sixth, Brenna Foust followed in seventh, and Katherine Kelly earned ninth place. Likewise, many CUA swimmers placed in the 100 freestyle. Krystal Dole touched the wall in 56.64 to earn fourth place. Mary Connelly placed seventh and Helene Nicolletti earned eighth place. Others earning top-ten finishes today were: Katie Blemmings who placed seventh in the 1650 yard freestyle, Hillary Gabbard who placed ninth in the 200 backstroke, and Kelli Dunn and Caitlin Williams who placed seventh and eighth in the 200 butterfly.
Overall, it was a very successful weekend for the CUA swimmers. To see complete meet results log onto http://www.besmarttinc.com/landmark/choice.htm. This meet does not mark the end of the season for all Catholic Swimmers. Some will now swim at the ECAC championships to try to earn births to the NCAA Division III swim championships held in March