Swimming earns 17 gold medals in split

By Amanda Carson
November 21, 2008

The Cabrini men’s and women’s swimming teams collectively earned 17 gold medals during a Lebanon Valley College hosted dual meet on Saturday, Nov. 15.

While the women’s team swept a 109-94 victory against the Lebanon Valley Dutch women, the men suffered a 78-124 defeat.

“The team is looking good. I think with continual training we will only improve and we are going to do great this year,” Anne Konicki, junior breast and free swimmer, said.

One gold medal was individually awarded to each of these Cavalier women: junior Andrea Carabello, sophomore Kate Manning, freshman MacKenzie Stewart and freshman Lauren Silva.

Carabello, with a time of 2:22.88 earned first place during the 200-meter freestyle.

Manning posted a time of 5:09.14 and placed first in the 400-meter freestyle.

Stewart won the 100-meter breaststroke with a 1:20.68 and Silva swam a time of 29:59, good enough for the gold during the 50-meter freestyle.

It was their collaborative efforts, however, which helped ensure the women’s victory and earn each a second gold medal.

They placed first, clocking in at a posted time of 2:14.57, during the 200-meter-medley relay.

Konicki and sophomore Emily Yurick, during their individual performances, finished first.

Konicki clocked in a posted time of 11:18:67 during the 800-meter freestyle and Yurick clocked in at 2:45.23 during the

Swimming earns 17 gold medals in split

200-meter individual medley.

“I think on the girls’ side we knew we were going to win. The guys had some tough competition. Even though the guys lost we all came out with really good times,” Carabello said.

The Cavalier men, sophomores Bill Boylan, Matt McGuriman, Josh Pace and Matt Piontkowski, placed first in the 200-meter-medley relay, with a posted time of 2:02.73. McGuriman earned the highest amount of medals for the meet.

Freshman Sean Corrigan said, “It was a nice way to start off the meet. It gave us a good morale.”

McGuriman captured individual wins, clocking in at 25:38 and 57:45 during the 50- meter and 100-meter freestyles.

Boylan clocked in at a posted time of 1:14.94, placing first in the 100-meter breaststroke.

“We had good times but they just out swam us,” Boylan said.

Evaluating the team’s performance and anticipating the season ahead, Piontowski said, “Since last year the team has gotten much better, we’re closer.”

Both the Cabrini men’s and women’s swimming teams are scheduled to compete next in a Crimson Invitational hosted by Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Thursday, Nov. 20.

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