Conference Sweep for Crusaders
TOWSON, Md. – The Susquehanna men's and women's swim teams kicked off Landmark Conference action by sweeping Goucher in Maryland. The men (1-0, 1-0) posted a 148-111 victory while women (1-0, 1-0) came away with the decisive 157-86 win. Both teams saw significant contributions from their first-year swimmers.
The men placed first, second and third in the 1000 free with Jacob Boylan (Pottstown, Pa./Pottsgrove) taking first with his time 11:22.70. Behind him was Dean Silverman (11:23.40) and Matthew Weller (11:32.09).
Tyler Long (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) swam to a second-place finish in the 200 free (1:56.41) and freshman Josh Heller (Rockville, Md./Colonel Zadok Magruder) captured the 50-yard backstroke with an impressive time of 26.35. SU took home second through fourth in the 50 breaststroke to pick up a combined nine points. Heller also took home the 50-yard free (21.35), the second-fastest time in Crusader history, and the 100 free (49.24).
Chadd Lee (Bloomsburg, Pa./Bloomsburg Area) captured the 100 butterfly with a time of 55.23 and Tyler Patrick (Mount Laurel, N.J./Lenape) and Larry Abel (Westport, Conn./Staples) went one-two in the 500 free with respective times of 5:19.69 and 5:30.83. Lee and Cameron Boster (Burke, Va./Robinson Secondary School) also went one-two in the 200 IM with a time of 2:05.84 and 2:06.77, respectively.
Susquehanna again won nine points in the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke races with second, third and fourth-place finishes in both races.
In relay action, the 400 free relay team of Shawn Entenman, Michael Inglesby, Boylan and Heller took first and got the 11 points with a time of 3:26.30.
The women had an equally, if not more so, dominant performance as the men. Dana Pontecorvo (New Providence, N.J./Mount St. Mary Academy) and Michelle Skroupa (West Friendship, Md./Glenelg) got the individual races started with one-two finishes in the 1000 free with times of 11:24.03 and 12:15.26.
The Crusaders were all over the 200 free by sweeping the top three spots. Alexandra Cole (Danville, Pa./Danville) (2:05.32) was first, followed by Kate Mays (Holland, Pa./Nazareth Academy) (2:13.37) and Ashley Tomasura (Toms River, N.J./Toms River South) (2:14.00). Cole is already rankedranked eighth in the 500 free and ninth in the 200 free in SU history.
SU had another top-three sweep in the 50- backstroke courtesy of Michelle Delgado (Selinsgrove, Pa./Selinsgrove Area) (30.21), Abby Gernert (Elizabethtown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) (30.43) and Sam Meringolo (Martinsville, N.J./Bridgewater-Raritan) (31.22) and went on also take one-two-three in the 50 free. Kyle Seaman (Moreland Hills, Ohio/Orange) led the event with her time of 26.58, followed by Mary Kate Suchocki (Toms River, N.J./Toms River North) (27.27) and Avanti Banks (East Stroudsburg, Pa./Stroudsburg) (27.46).
Junior Devin Lessard (Chestertown, Md./Queen Anne's County) captured first in the 100 fly (1:02.77) and 100 free (58.62). Delgado and Annie Bruxelles (Hockessin, Del./Sanford School) placed first and second in the 100 backstroke with their respective times of 1:05.54 and 1:06.87.
Pontecorvo finished second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:15.60, good for four points, and was followed by Maggie Hess (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewston Academy) (1:17.21) and Meringolo (1:20.34). That was followed by yet another one-through-three finish for SU, this time in the 500 free. Cole won the event with a time of 5:31.85, followed by Mays (5:54.57) and Aimee Ambrose (Wilmington, Del./Concord) (6:04.59).
From that point on SU exhibitioned the remaining events. The 400 free relay team posted a time of 3:59.20. The relay team of Gernert, Lessard, Meringolo and Seaman won the meet-opening event, the 400 medley, in 4:24.65
Both teams are back in the pool on Nov. 5 for a 2 p.m. home meet against Catholic.