Women’s Swim Team Moves into First; Men Maintain Hold on Third

Women’s Swim Team Moves into First; Men Maintain Hold on Third

Day Two Results

SCRANTON, Pa. – The Susquehanna women's swimming & diving team pulled into first place with a solid second day at the Landmark Conference Championships. The men, meanwhile, maintained a hold on third place although just 10 points separate the Crusaders from the number two spot.

The women – who are seeking their fourth-straight conference title – vaulted into first and hold a 485-374.5 lead over Scranton. On the men's side, USMMA, maintains a sizeable lead with 613 points, followed by Catholic (383) and SU (373).

In women's action, Susquehanna won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:50.37 behind the combined efforts of Erin McElwee (Phoenixville, Pa./Phoenixville Area), Alex Bornman (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley), Ashlee Weingarten (Hackettstown, N.J./Hackettstown) and Julia Doherty (Pelham, N.Y./Pelham Memorial).

Kelsey Lessard (Chestertown, Md./Queen Anne's County), meanwhile, took home the 400 IM title with a time of 4:37.51, the third-best mark in SU history as well as a career-best mark.

In the 100 butterfly, Weingarten won with her time of 58.73, a PR and the second-best time in program history. Doherty, Sam Meringolo (Martinsville, N.J./Bridgewater-Rarian) and Lizzie Richart (Wyncote, Pa./Cheltenham) were fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively, with times of 1:00.65 and 1:01.23 and 1:01.66.

Kyle Seaman (Moreland Hills, Ohio/Orange) took second in the 200 free after touching the wall in a career-best time of 1:57.36. Val Stearns (North Wales, Pa./North Penn) was just out of the top eight as her time of 2:03.40 placed her ninth overall which came after she swam a personal-best time of 2:03.33 in the prelims.

Susquehanna took the fifth and sixth spots in the 100 breaststroke. Bornman placed fifth (1:09.38) and was followed by Paige Wagner (Rising Sun, Md./Rising Sun) (1:09.40), whose time was a PR.

McElwee was second in the 100 back (1:00.20) and Lexi Cole (Danville, Pa./Danvill) and Michelle Delgado (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) were fourth and fifth with respective times of 1:00.42 and 1:01.04, both PRs.

The women ended the evening with a second-place finish in the 800 free relay with a time of 8:03.81 behind the efforts of Lessard, Stearns, Caroline Henderson (Berkeley Heights, N.J./Governor Livingston) and Seaman.

The men's 200 medley relay team, consisting of Lucas Cherry (Falls Church, Va./George Mason), Danny Csakai (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom), Eric Lawrence (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) and Duncan Frazier (Montgomery, Pa./Williamsport Area) took home third with a time of 1:35.33 to open the evening session.

Lawrence was SU's top finisher in 400 IM with his second-place time of 4:13.11, the second-best mark in Crusader history. Sam Calhoun (Bloomsburg, Pa./Bloomsburg) was sixth in the event with his time of 4:17.09, also a PR.

In the 100 butterfly, Frazier and Jourdan Stewart (Danbury, Conn./Danbury) finished seventh and eighth with respective times of 53.50 (a PR) and 53.56. Meanwhile, in the 200 free, Tyler Long (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) was the second overall finisher with his time of 1:45.31, setting a narrow PR in the process. Teammate Bill Crumrine (Beaver, Pa./Beaver Area) was fifth (1:47.39).

Csakai was fourth in the 100 breaststroke (58.85 – a PR) and Cherry took home third in the 100 back (52.96), also setting a PR in the process.

The night came to a close with the 800 free relay where Susquehanna took home second with a school-record time of 7:03.31 with swims from Long, Stewart, Crumrine and Csakai.

The third and final day of the championships begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday.