GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The Susquehanna River Hawks started off the 2016 Gettysburg Invitational on a very high note. The women's team had 32 season best times and 11 lifetime best times.
The SU women's A relay team out touched Mary Washington's A Relay team by one one-hundredth of a second for a win in the 200 Medley Relay. Erin McElwee, Joann Butkus, Maggie Palaski and Katie Willis not only won the event but broke the school record in a time of 1:47.89, more than a second faster than the previous record of 1:48.46.
McElwee and Megan Shaffer placed 5th and 6th respectively in the 200 yard Backstroke. Willis won the 100-yard Freestyle in a thrilling race with a time of 53.08.
The session only grew more exciting after that when Butkus won the 200-yard Breaststroke, seven seconds under her personal best, with a finishing time of 2:23.06. She crushed Susquehanna's previous school record of 2:26.40 and is now only .33 seconds off the NCAA B qualifying standard. Megan Duck, Caroline Henderson and Paige Wagner also scored in the event, finishing 6th, 13th and 16th respectively.
Senior Ashlee Weingarten took third in the 200 yard Butterfly with a personal best time of 2:10.30, despite having suffered a foot injury earlier in the season. Additionally, Palaski finished 8th, Lizzie Richart finished 9th and Erin Wetmore placed 12th in the event.
Freshmen Caitlin Kelly and Hannah Finton made their mark at Gettysburg on Friday evening, finishing 2nd and 4th in the 1650 yard Freestyle with lifetime best times. Wetmore and senior Morgan Sattler also finished well in the race, placing 12th and 14th.
The ladies wrapped up the evening with a second place finish in the 400-yard Freestyle Relay. The A Relay team of Willis, Weingarten, Devon Niness and Butkus tied the school record with a finishing time of 3:36.24. The B Relay team also finished well, in 8th place.
The Susquehanna women wrapped up the first night in 3rd place with 284 points, only 16 points behind Gettysburg and 19.5 points behind the leading team, University of Mary Washington.