Lady Cavs dive into first meet

By Ashley Weyler
November 12, 2004

Shane Evans

With a tough loss to the Notre Dame Gators, the Lady Cavaliers still managed to make a big splash in their first swim meet Saturday, Nov. 6, kicking off the start of the 2004-05 season. The team, whose inaugural season was last year, scored 88 points as opposed to the Gator’s 114 points.

“It was a good meet,” Assistant Coach, Jen Manning, said. She also said, “We have more depth; the team is getting stronger. I am happy with them all!” Out of the 10 events that took place, five were won by the Lady Cavs and four school records were broken.

With a time of 4:58.57, junior Captains Lauren Walker, and Nina Scimenes, and Freshmen Christina Clark and Nicole Morgan broke Cabrini’s 400 Freestyle relay record and finished second.

Sophomores Kristen Longa, Christina Callahan, Meredith Kroener, and freshman Meghan O’Leary won the 200 Medley Relay and broke the school record with the time of 2:10.47, winning the race.

Kroener, swam the 50 m freestyle, won and set the new school record with the time of 1:00.83 of the 100 m freestyle. “For not swimming for two years, I did alright!” Kroener said. She added, “The team rocks and I love every girl!”

Meghan O’Leary, new to the team as a freshman, made a big debut breaking the school’s 100 m Fly record with the time of 1:11.63. She also came in second in the 200 m freestyle.

Rounding out other great performances were brand new team members, sophomore Alexandra Demuth, and freshman Deborah Williams.

Head Coach Mike Kernicky, who is coaching the Lady Cavs for the second year, says Kroener and O’Leary are great additions to the team. “We did very well today. We are only in our second year, so we are learning to work as a team with our new members,” Kernicky said.

Asked what the team can improve on, Kernicky said, “We can sharpen up on starts and turns. It is the first time the girls all swam together. They are a good team and they all get along. They are all good girls, they work hard.”

The meet against Easter, schudled for Saturday. Nov. 13 has been recentley cancelled. Eastern asked to postopne competiion against the school’s biggest rival,whom Cabrini beat last year. “We are way stronger than Eastern,” Kernicky said. Eastern University does not have the advantage of having a pool on their campus and practicing times are hard to schedule.

“Come out and cheer us on!” Kernicky said. He concluded jokingly by saying, “Girls in bathing suits, I don’t know why more guys aren’t getting to the meets!”

If anyone is interested in still joining the swim team it is not too late. They are always looking for new members. Please contact Mike Kernicky at

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