Women’s Swimming Dominates Schweikert Relays

Women’s Swimming Dominates Schweikert Relays

QUICK STORY: The Susquehanna women's swimming team won all but one event in the unscored Schweikert Relays against Elizabethtown College, Juniata College, Lebanon Valley College and Lycoming College.

THIRD-ANNUAL: The third-annual Schweikert Relays, held in honor of the late SU swimming coach George Edward "Ged" Schweikert III, featured non-traditional relays and served as a fundraiser for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). Schweikert passed away in 2008 after an eight-year battle with the cancer.

TOP SPOTS: The River Hawks had multiple teams competing in the eight relays, and in five of them the SU teams swept the top spots.

In the first event of the day, SU took the top three spots in the 200-yard medley relay with the team of Devon Niness, Joann Butkus, Maggie Palaski and Katie Willis finishing first with a time of 1:51.92 while Megan Shaffer, Megan Duck, Lizzie Reichart and Hannah Finton finished second (1:56.08). The team of Morgan O'Hara, Paige Wagner, Julia Baur and Katharine Ustorf finished third with a time of 2:03.49.

In the 3x100 yard backstroke relay, the team of Cate Welch, Megan Shaffer and Erin McElwee finished first (3:08.50) while Caitlin Kelly, O'Hara and Caroline Salerno finished second (3:18.44).

The River Hawks took first and second in the 3x100 butterfly relay with the team of Welch, Reichart and Palaski taking the top spot with a time of 3:11.86 while Colleen Walsh, Erin Wetmore and Baur came in second with a time of 3:25.22.

In the 400-yard medley relay McElwee, Wetmore, Dana Linsky and Welch came in first with a time of 4:29.82 while Paslaski, Salerno, Wagner and Walsh came in second with a time of 4:41.74.

The team of Finton, Kelly, Niness and Willis finished the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:50.80, 16 seconds ahead of the second-place team of O'Hara, Baur, Liz Jones and Richart (4:06.78).

OTHER WINS: The team of Wagner, Megan Duck and Butkus won the 3x100 yard breaststroke relay (3:35.98) while Willis, Niness, Caroline Henderson and Kelly won the 500-yard freestyle relay with a time of 4:58.61.

LAST RELAY: The only relay that Susquehanna did not win was the mixed 200-yard medley relay with teams made up of both men and women with no more than two men to a team. Eric Lawrence, Owen Madden, Palaski and Willis came in second with a time of 1:52.76 while Niness, Jourdan Stewart, Walsh and James Orzolek finished in third (1:53.23).

WHAT'S NEXT? The River Hawks return to the pool on Saturday, November 5 when the team hosts Landmark Conference opponents Marywood and Drew.