WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America men’s swimming & diving team were victorious over the University of Scranton on Friday evening with a final score of 166-96 while the women’s team fell 143.5-118.5 to the Royals.
The Cardinal men won 10 of the 12 individual events during their home opener. Junior Sam Hicks and rookie Matt Mahon each touched for first place in two races. Hicks took the 200-freestyle (1:49.51) and 500-freestyle (5:06.89) while Mahon claimed the 50-freestyle (22.74) and the 100-freestyle (49.31).
Freshman David Lindros led a Catholic in a sweep of the 200-backstroke with a winning time of 2:04.16. Sophomore Chris Crafa (2:07.16) touched in next followed by fellow sophomore Dan Lawrey (2:09.86).
Catholic sophomore Olivier Nguyen won the 100-backstroke with a time of 55.93 while his classmates Kevin Jay, earned the top spot in the 100-butterfly (54.72), and Luke Nicholson, touch first in the 200-butterfly (2:01.73).
Additional first place touches for the men’s team came from freshmen Greg McCarthy in the 1000-freestyle (10:21.34), Chris Grunbok in the 200-breaststroke (2:19.65). Senior Joseph Soraghan collected a winning score of 199.65 on the 1-meter diving board.
On the women’s side, Catholic freshman Caroline Beal earned the top spot in the 100-backstroke (1:02.70) and the 200-backstroke (2:14.46).
Sophmore Elizabeth Spernal and junior Valerie Sander tag-teamed the distance freestyle events. Spernal (11:34.68) took the top 1000-freestyle followed by Sander (11:39.94) while Sander (5:38.28) touched first in the 500 just ahead of Spernal (5:43.19)
The Cardinals remain at home and take on Marywood University on Sunday, October 29 at 1 p.m.
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