Cherry, O’Hearn Named October Rookies of the Month

Cherry, O’Hearn Named October Rookies of the Month

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Men's swimming and volleyball are represented as the Pepsi/SAAC Rookies of the month for October as Lucas Cherry (Falls Church, Va. / George Mason) and Maggie O'Hearn (Mountville, Pa. / Hempfield) have been selected.

Cherry, who was named the Landmark Conference Male Swimmer of the Week for the period ending Oct. 20, already has his name in four top-ten lists after only two collegiate meets while also winning four individual events this season.

At league opponent Goucher on Oct. 19, Cherry won the 50 back in his first collegiate action, posting a time of 25.11 and went on to place first in the 100 free (49.48) and the 100 back (55.29), the seventh-fastest mark in program history. Cherry swam the first leg of the winning 400 medley relay as SU's "A" team took first in 3:42.09.

Against Gettysburg and Messiah on Oct. 26, Cherry won the 100 back, posting the best time in the Landmark this year and fourth-fastest mark in school history with a reading of 54.52.

The freshman went on to place third in the 100 free with a time of 48.74, also the fastest mark in the Landmark and seventh-best all-time at SU. Cherry swam the first leg of the 200 medley relay in which the Crusaders placed second with a mark of 1:39.25 and began the 200 free relay with a lead-off time of 22.28, the third-best mark in the conference and seventh-best all-time at SU.

Cherry capped off his performance at Gettysburg with a 50 back lead-off leg time of 24.77, also the fastest mark in the Landmark this season.

O'Hearn, meanwhile, led the SU volleyball team to a 9-4 record in October (28-8 overall, 4-1 Landmark) as the Crusaders captured the No. 2 seed in the upcoming league tournament and set the program record for wins in a single season, besting the previous mark of 27 (2008; 27-13).

This year, O'Hearn leads the team in assists (1,181), which already ranks her 8th all-time for career assists and is the third-highest total in single season history at SU.

O'Hearn leads the Landmark in assists, ranks second in assists per game (9.60) and fourth in service aces per set (.57). Her 70 aces this year are tied for eighth-most in a single season in program history.

O'Hearn registered a career-high 48 assists against Catholic back on Oct. 19 and recorded four double-doubles (assists/digs) in October including back-to-back in California against Claremont Mudd-Scripps and Whittier.

Cherry and the Crusaders host league opponent Catholic on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. while O'Hearn and the volleyball team prepare for the conference semifinals on Friday at 8 p.m.