Smooth sailing for Cardinals


Bishop Ireton’s swim and dive teams opened up the 2011-12 season on a high note, beating Paul VI in separate meets earlier this month.

The Cardinals boys dive team upended the Panthers 113-57. Their peers on the girls squad sneaked by with a 98-72 win during the meet at the Mount Vernon Recreation Center November 18.

Ireton sophomore Alex Branham placed first for the girls diving squad while team captain Elizabeth Schaefermeier rounded out the Cardinals performance with a third-place finish.

Among the Cardinals swimmers, Michael Ryan Clark took home first in the 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke while Ben Gorski placed first in the 200- and 500-meter freestyle. Teammate Kevin Grant finished victorious in the 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter breaststroke.

For the girls team, Hayley Snell took home the 100- and 200-meter freestyle while fellow Cardinal Maddie Zeigler placed first in the 100-meter freestyle and backstroke.