CUA falls at Scranton, Ladas takes first in three events

SCRANTON, Pa. – CUA opened the second semester with a Landmark Conference meet at Scranton on Saturday and the Cardinals had a tough day as the women fell 116-89 and the men were defeated 128.5-75.5.  Freshman Joanna Ladas won three events and classmate Caleb Capozella captured a pair of races on the day.

On the women's side, Ladas took first in the 1000 free as she finished in 11:10.65 to earn nine points, while Gabby Giambagno came in second with a time of 11:20.29.

Ladas also went on to win the 200 free in 2:00.27, and the 500 free in 5:25.52, as she earned 18 more points for the Cardinals.  Giambagno placed second in the 500 free (5:35.84).

Lisa Brooks won the 200 IM in 2:24.38 and she placed second in the 100 breaststroke, narrowly missing first place with a time of 1:10.75.

Shannon Silsby won the 100 backstroke in a time of 1:03.83 to give the Cardinals nine points, and later, she finished second in the 50 free, as she completed the race in 26.48 seconds.

Rachel Berry (1:04.91), Giambagno (1:05.99) and Melanie Rebechi (1:06.92) placed second, third and fourth, respectively, in the 100 butterfly.

The women's 200-yard medley relay team of Shannon Silsby, Lisa Brooks, Rachel Berry and Rose Buckley came in second with a time of 1:57.90, earning four points for CUA, while the 200 yard freestyle relay team of Annie Cannatella, Kristen Gunn, Emily Nguyen and Berry placed second, as they finished in 1:50.13.

In the men's competition, Capozella won the 200 IM in 2:00.50 and Stephen Gill came in second in the same event with a time of 2:09.52.  Capozella then added his second first place showing of the afternoon in the 100 backstroke (55.40).

Justin Kenyon (10:33.91) and Zach Hutton (11:05.73) finished in second and third place, respectively, in the 1000 free, and Pat Flannery completed the 200 free in 1:52.01 to place second.  Flannery added a second second place finish in the 100 butterfly (54.56) and Kenyon took second in the 500 free (5:10.52).

Dominic Grillo, Brendan Reilly, Caleb Capozella, and Pat Flannery finished the 200 freestyle relay in 1:30.25, which was good for second place, and Chris Ryan, Jacob Martin, Jakub Deptula and Zach Hutton came in third in that event with a time of 1:40.54.

CUA wraps up its busy weekend on Sunday when the Cardinals host Merchant Marine Academy inside the DuFour Center.  Start time is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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