Women Lead After Day One of Landmark Championships

Susquehanna captured three of the top four spots in the 200 IM Friday night.
Susquehanna captured three of the top four spots in the 200 IM Friday night.

Ashlee Weingarten won one individual title and combined with Erin McElwee, Joann Butkusand Katie Willis to not only win the 400 Medley Relay but set the new Landmark Conferencerecord and meet record in the process leading the Susquehanna University Women's Swimming and Diving team to the first place position after one day of the Landmark Conference Championships being held in Germantown, Maryland. 

Susquehanna leads the team points race after one day with 248 points, Scranton is second (183 points) followed by Catholic (158.5), Drew (143), Marywood(139), Elizabethtown (69), Goucher(55) and Juniata (46). 

The River Hawks scored a bevy of points in the 200 Individual Medley as Weingarten won with a time of 2:12.08 and Butkus was second at 2:12.77 and McElweewas fourth with a time of 2:14.61. The trio scored 52 team points in the race. CatherineWelch (9th), Megan Duck (11th) and Paige Wagner (15th) also scored points in the race in the B-Final. 

The Medley Relay broke its own conference record set earlier this year and the conference championship record set by Susquehanna last year with a time of 3:52.18 which was just a second off the NCAA Championship B cut time. 

Willis added a second place finish in the 50 yard freestyle sprint with a time of 24.51. Jessica Jozefiakwas eighth in the race and Margaux Palaskiwas 12thfor the River Hawks. 

Susquehanna also scored big in the 500-yard free with four of the top eight finishers and six of the top 16 scoring spots. Caitlin Kelly was the top finisher who took second in the finals after qualifying in fourth position earlier in the day. Megan Shaffer was fourth in the finals while Caroline Henderson and Hannah Fintontook seventh and eighth respectively in the A Final. Morgan Sattler (9th) and Lindsey Vankirk (10th) also scored points for the River Hawks in the race. 

Rounding out the scoring on the first day was a third place finish for the 200-yard free relay with Willis, Weingarten, Jozefiakand Butkusswimming a 1:38.76 for Susquehanna. 

Competition continues Saturday and Sunday.