SU Women Finish Second Overall at Gettysburg Invitational

SU Women Finish Second Overall at Gettysburg Invitational

The Susquehanna women had a successful second and final day at the Gettysburg Invite. The women finished second as a team overall with 686 points, 3 points ahead of Gettysburg College, the third place finisher, in a very exciting day of racing. The University of Mary Washington won the meet on the women's side with 796.5 points. 

During the second session of the meet, the Susquehanna women had 31 season best and 9 lifetime best times. The ladies kicked off the second session with the 400 yard Individual Medley on Saturday morning. In the event, they had three point-earning finishes with Colleen Walsh placing 7th, Erin Wetmore placing 10th, and Dana Linsky placing 11th. 

Next, in the 100 yard Butterfly, senior Ashlee Weingarten won the event in a personal best time of :58.24, moving up to the #3 spot on the Susquehanna all-time Top Ten List of times in that event. Additionally, Margaux Palaski finished third, Erin McElwee finished 13th and Lizzie Richart took 14th. 

The Susquehanna women had great finishes in the 200 yard Freestyle as well. Sophomore Katie Willis won the event in a time of 1:56.95. Additionally, Caitlin Kelly and Caroline Henderson finished 9th and 10th respectively. In the 100 yard Breaststroke, junior Joann Butkus won the event and broke her own school record, finishing in a time of 1:05.46, beating the field by over a second. Megan Duck '19 also swam well in the event, placing 9th. 

In the last individual event of the morning session, McElwee and freshman Megan Shaffer finished 5th and 9th respectively in the 100 yard Backstroke. Shaffer made it onto the Top Ten List in the #9 spot. 

Finally, in the 800 Freestyle Relay, the Susquehanna A relay team, consisting of Henderson, Hannah Finton '20, Shaffer, and Kelly, finished 3rd in a time of 8:08.40. The B relay team finished in 8th. 

During the third and final session of the Gettysburg Invite, the Susquehanna women had 22 season best and 4 lifetime best times. The ladies kicked off the final session of the meet with 2nd and 4th place finishes in the 200 yard Freestyle Relay. The A relay team consisted of Willis, Weingarten, Devon Niness '19 and Butkus, and they finished in a time of 1:38.68, just 6 one-hundredths of a second behind the University of Mary Washington A relay team. 

In the 500 yard Freestyle, Kelly placed 7th and Shaffer placed 10th, both with personal best times. Kelly and Shaffer both made it onto Susquehanna's Top Ten List, in spots #6 and #7 respectively. Next, in the 200 yard Individual Medley, Butkus took 2nd with a personal best time of 2:13.69, moving her up to the #5 spot on the Top Ten List. Additionally, Weingarten placed 6th in the event. In the final individual event of the meet, the 50 yard Freestyle, Willis placed 2nd in a time of 24.63 and Niness placed 15th. 

Finally, the Susquehanna women ended the meet very well in the final relay. The A relay team of McElwee, Butkus, Weingarten and Willis won the 400 yard Medley Relay in a school-record-breaking time of 3:55.90. The B relay team took 6th place. 

With five female swimmers returning from abroad in the next month, the Susquehanna women will be even more prepared to compete at the Landmark Conference Championships in February.