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Feb. 21, 2005


Catholic Men and Women Capture Second at CAC Swim Championships
CUA Head Swim Coach Paul VanLieshout Named CAC Men's Coach of the Year

The Catholic University menís and womenís swim teams finished second at the 2005 Capital Athletic Conference Championships held this past weekend at the University of Mary Washington.The men ended with 343 points, while the women totaled 380 points.


Seven school records were established ó two by sophomore Liz McGinn (100 backstroke, 1:01.84 and 200 backstroke, 2:14.62) and one each by senior Kathy Jenko (200 freestyle, 1:56.96) and freshman Olivia Chasse (100 breaststroke, 1:09.51).In addition, three relay records were broken: the womenís 200 medley relay of Jenny Schreiber, Chasse, Carly Plantulli and Lauren Wood combining for a time of 1:52.74; the 400 medley relay of McGinn, Chasse, Plantulli and Jenko with 4:05.77; and the menís 200 freestyle relay of Tim Creazzo, Paul Czar, Reik Foust and Jim Horstmann in a time of 1:26.44.


The Cardinals captured three titles: Jenko in the 200 freestyle: Creazzo, Czar, Foust and Horstmann in the menís 200 freestyle relay, and in an exciting conclusion to the meet, the same men's team captured the 400 freestyle relay in time of 3:11.26.


Thirteen Catholic swimmers were named to the All-CAC team.On the womenís side, seniors Jenko and Plantulli, junior Schreiber, sophomore McGinn and freshmen Caroline Casey, Chasse and Wood.On the menís side:, seniors Creazzo, Will Giannobile and Horstmann, junior Czar, sophomore Bischoff and freshman Foust.


In his first year at CUA and in the conference, Head Coach Paul VanLieshout was named the CAC Menís Coach of the Year. Both the menís (6-2, 6-0 CAC) and womenís (7-1, 6-0 CAC) programs finished undefeated in CAC dual meet action for the first time in eight years.

Prior to his arrival at Catholic University, VanLieshout was the national team coach for the Egyptian Swimming Federation, where his athletes broke over 80 percent of the existing national records. His travels took him and his athletes to events such as the World University Games and the Mediterranean Games and he had two athletes ranked in the top 100 in the world.


Overall, 15 of the women scored for the Cardinals, while all nine of the men earned points for CUA.


The Cardinals concluded their season with a combined dual meet record of 13-3 (men 6-2, women 7-1).

Final Team scores: http://athletics.umw.edu/cacsw05finalscores.htm







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