Bill Crumrine shaved nine seconds off his season-best 500-yard freestyle time in the preliminaries and trimmed off another three seconds in the finals to finish first winning the Landmark Conference Championship in the event and leading the SusquehannaUniversity men's team to a third place standing in the team points race after the first day of competition at the conference championship meet in Germantown, Maryland.
Crumrine was second after the preliminaries but dug a little deeper for a faster race in the finals to move up to first place and win the title. His time of 4:49.32 in the morning was nine seconds better than his season best time and then he clocked a 4:46.42 in the finals for the win.
Nathan Ryan was eighth in the A Finals and David Miller also scored points in the event with his 12thplace finish.
The distance race was not the only highlight of the day for the River Hawks as James Orzolek took top honors in the 50-free with a winning time of 21.61 seconds, Eric Lawrence was second in the 200 IM race and the team of Miller, David Grove, Crumrineand Orzolek was second in the 200-yard free relay with a time of 1:26.25 finishing just ¼ of a second out of first place.
Grove, Sullivan, Lawrence and Orzolek put together a second place finish in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:31.54.
Catholic is leading the team race after the first day with 235 points followed by Scranton (174 points) and Susquehanna (164). The River Hawks are ahead of Drew (158), Marywood (93.5), Goucher (71), and Elizabethtown (65.5).
Competition continues Saturday and Sunday.