Led by four first place finishes, two meet and conference records and three school records, the Susquehanna University Women's Swimming and Diving team remains in first place after two days of competition at the Landmark Conference Championships Saturday in Germantown, Maryland. The championships conclude Sunday.
Ashlee Weingarten had a fantastic day with a first place finish with the 200-yard medley relay as she teamed with Erin McElwee, Joann Butkus, and Katie Willis to set a new school, conference and meet record with a winning time of 1:46.39. She followed that with another record-setting performance winning the 100-yard butterfly in 56.78. The time set a new school record, conference record and meet record and was also below the NCAA Championships B-Cut.
Butkus added another first place finish to her day with the top finish in the 100-yard breaststroke and McElwee capped her day with an individual conference title and new school record in the 100-yard backstroke. Butkus had a winning time of 1:06.06 and McElwee won in record time of 58.54.
The River Hawks remained in first place with points scored in every event for the day. Colleen Walsh led four point producing efforts in the 400-yard IM with a fourth place finish. Catherine Welch was fifth, Erin Wetmore was ninth and Lindsey Vankirk was 11th in the race.
Willis was one of six scoring swimmers in the 200 free for Susquehanna with her third place finish in a time of 1:56.03 which was just .10 off the second place finish. Caitlin Kelly (5th), Jessica Jozefiak (10th), Morgan Sattler (11th), Caroline Henderson (13th) and Hannah Finton (14th) all scored points for Susquehanna in the race.
Butkus won the breaststroke race while Megan Duck was third and Paige Wagner fifth in the race. McElwee was one of four River Hawks on the podium for the 100 back. Megan Shaffer (9th), Walsh (10th) and Richart (15th) also scored in the event.
In the final event of the night, Susquehanna captured second in the 800-yard free relay as Shaffer, Jozefiak, Sattler and Kelly swam an 8:00.42 to finish second.
In the team standings, Susquehanna leads with 548 points followed by Scranton (406.5 points), Catholic (379.5), Drew (351), Marywood (263), Goucher (155), Elizabethtown (154) and Juniata (105).