CUA wraps up memorable weekend by collecting five awards

KINGS POINT, N.Y. – CUA wrapped up a memorable weekend at the conference championships on Sunday and the Cardinals are bringing some hardware back home.  Freshmen Caleb Capozella and Joanna Ladas won three events apiece and both were awarded the swimmer and rookie of the year awards for their performance.  In addition, Paul Waas and the Cardinals coaches garnered Women's Coaching Staff of the Year accolades.

In women's action, Ladas won her third title of the weekend with a first place finish in the 1650 freestyle, as she finished in a time of 17:31.64.  Gabby Giambagno placed third in the same event as she posted a time of 18:48.06.

Senior Lisa Brooks completed her career with yet another championship, as she won the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:28.83, while Rachel Berry (2:19.35) and Giambagno (2:20.83) placed five-six in the 200 butterfly.

The 400 yard freestyle relay team of Rose Buckley, Ashley Wilson, Shannon Silsby and Ladas placed third in its event, as CUA posted a time of 3:43.32.

Susquehanna won the women's title with 433 points, while Scranton was next in line with 394 and CUA placed third with 374 points.  Merchant Marine Academy totaled 306 points to finish fourth with Drew (235), Juniata (177) and Goucher (126) rounding out the standings.

On the men's side, Capozella cemented his place as the top male swimmer of the weekend with a first place performance in the 200 backstroke, as he posted a winning time of 1:53.65.

Justin Kenyon came in fourth place in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 16:58.93, while Zach Hutton placed eighth as he recorded a time of 17:36.22.

Pat Flannery finished third in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:00.73 and Jakub Deptula placed eighth in the same event, as he recorded a time of 2:08.51.

Host Merchant Marine Academy scored 594.5 points to claim the men's title, with Susquehanna in second place with 469 points.  Scranton was next in line with 378 points, followed by CUA (243.5), Goucher (202) and Drew (96).

Following the meet, it was announced that seven Cardinals had been selected to the 2011 All-Conference Teams.  The first team selections included: Joanna Ladas, Lisa Brooks, Shannon Silsby and Caleb Capozella on the first team and Gabby Giambagno, Ashley Wilson, and Annie Cannatella on the second team.

2011 Landmark Conference Swimming Major Awards
Men's Rookie of the Year: Caleb Capozella (CUA)
Men's Swimmer of the Year: Caleb Capozella (CUA)

Women's Rookie of the Year: Joanna Ladas (CUA)
Women's Swimmer of the Year: Joanna Ladas (CUA)

Men's Coaching Staff of the Year: Susquehanna
Women's Coaching Staff of the Year: CUA

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