BOYDS, Md. - Looking to win its third-straight conference championship, Catholic University men's swimming and diving team earned the top spot in all five swim events on the opening night of the 2019 Landmark Conference Championships and currently sit in first place with 276 points.
After setting another meet and school record, the reigning Landmark Conference Champions lead Scranton (170.5) and Susquehanna (169) by more than one hundred points heading into Saturday's action.
The Cardinals kicked off the meet with the meet and school record in the 200-freestyle relay with a winning time of 1:23.79. Junior George Isaacs, sophomore Matthew Mahon, freshman Jeffrey Schriefer-Flores, and junior Kevin Jay combined to make history and set the tone for the night. The 1:23.79 eclipsed the previous record 1:23.90, set by Catholic's Isaacs, Mahon, and Jay in last year's championships.
Sophomore James Verby made it happen again in the 500-freestyle event, claiming gold with a 4:39.98 time. He was the top finisher of three top-eight finalists for Catholic, as freshman Lenny Brown (4:52.68) and junior Luke Nicholson (4:56.68) placed 7th and 8th, respectively. Senior Sam Hicks swam 10th in the consolation final with a time of 4:52.69.
For a second consecutive year, nobody could beat Gregory McCarthy in the 200-IM event. The sophomore took gold with a 1:51.93 time and he was joined on the podium by third-place finisher Daniel Taylor, who swam 1:54.75. Jay placed fourth with a 1:55.09, and sophomore Kyle Kreuscher won the B-Final, taking 9th with his 1:59.81 swim.
The Cardinals' most emphatic win of the night came in the 50-freestyle sprint, where gold, silver, and bronze were all awarded to Catholic. Separated by just two tenths of a second, Mahon (20.96), Isaacs (20.98), and Schriefer-Flores (21.17) finished first, second, and third for an event sweep.
The first night of action ended with the 400-medley relay, and it ended with another Catholic victory. McCarthy, Taylor, Jay, and Mahon teamed up to touch at 3:27.37 to beat Scranton by less than four tenths of a second.
Sophomores Will Chester and Patrick Fischer placed second and third in the 3-meter dive event to earn points to build on Catholic's considerable lead after night one. Chester dove for 263.70 points for the silver medal while Fischer followed with 255.10
The Landmark Conference Championships continue Saturday, February 16. Preliminaries commence at 10 a.m. Visit the Landmark Conference Championship for live results, video stream and meet updates.