Cardinals Claim Two Major Awards, 20 All-Landmark Selections

Cardinals Claim Two Major Awards, 20 All-Landmark Selections

TOWSON, Md. - After capturing its third-straight Landmark title, the Catholic University men's swimming & diving team earned the Swimmer and Coach of the Year, as well as 20 all-conference selections. The Cardinals earned 13 first team honorees and seven second-team nods.

Catholic sophomore Gregory McCarthy was named the Landmark Men's Swimmer of the Year for the second year in a row after winning three individual titles and swimming on two winning relays. He earned his first gold medal in the 200-IM with a time of 1:51.93 and won the 400-IM in 4:01.65, 13 seconds faster than second place. His third individual medal came in the 200-breaststroke event. The sophomore touched the wall in 2:06.83 to collect the 20 points. He was also the leadoff leg in the 400-medley relay that won in 3:27.37 and helped the 800-freestyle relay team capture the gold in 6:59.92.

Head coach Paul Waas was recognized as the men's Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career as he was Co-Coach of the Year in 2015 and Coach of the Year in 2017 and 2018. Waas and his assistant, Emily Rollo, led the Cardinals to their third-straight conference championship after winning the program's second last season.

In addition to the major awards, Catholic earned 20 All-Landmark nods after collecting 867 points en route to another conference championship.

Sophomore Matthew Mahon was honored as a first team recipient after winning three freestyle events. The Sewell, N.J., native set school records in each of the three in last year's championships and again touched the wall first in the 50-yard freestyle (20.96), 100-yard freestyle (46.24) and the 200-yard freestyle (1:42.62). His 50 free time is a new school record.

Fellow sophomore James Verby was recognized on the first team after he won the 500-yard freestyle (4:39.98) and the 1650-yard freestyle (16:21.98), shaving 13 seconds off last year's time.

Seven different men earned All-Landmark honors as Catholic took gold in four of the five relay events and silver in the fifth. 

Mahon, junior George Isaacs, freshman Jeffrey Schriefer-Flores and junior Kevin Jay won the 200-yard free relay (1:23.79) while Schriefer-Flores, Jay, Mahon and freshman Daniel Taylor took the top spot in the 400-free relay (3:07.10). McCarthy led off the winning 400-medley relay (3:27.37) followed by Taylor, Jay and Mahon.

McCarthy, Mahon, Taylor, and senior Sam Hicks teamed up to win the 800-freestyle relay at 6:59.92.

Seven Catholic swimmers earned silver for second-team honors. Isaacs earned silver in the 50-freestyle (20.98) just behind Mahon while Verby took second in the 400-individual medley (4:14.45). Schriefer-Flores touched second for silver in both the 100-back (52.12) and 200-back (1:53.46). Schriefer-Flores, Taylor, Jay, and Isaacs took second in the 200-medley relay. 

Sophomore divers Patrick Fischer and Will Chester both earned second team accolades for strong perfomances on the boards. Fischer led the way in the 1-meter event, scoring 261.60 for second place, and Chester took silver in the 3-meter, scoring 263.70.