Gettysburg provides tough competion for swimmers


The Crusader men’s and
women’s swimming and diving
teams took second and
third place, respectively, in
their meet at Gettysburg on
Nov. 15.
The men were able to beat
Messiah but finished behind
Freshman swimmer Basil
Mokhallalati said: “We were
faced against one of the top
DIII swim teams in the country
and only lost by a few
points. While Messiah was a
challenge and a good competition,
we went in expecting a
win, and we got it.”
Sophomores Bill Crumrine,
Daniel Csakai, Sam
Calhoun and junior Daniel
Csakai all took first in their
individual events.
Crumrine won two events,
finishing the 200 free with a
time of 1:47.88 and the 500
free in 5:00.41.
Stewart also won two
events, with a time of 53.82
in the 100 fly and 2:02.53 in
the 200 fly.
Csakai placed first in the
100 breaststroke with a time
of 1:00.57, and Calhoun finished
first in the 200 breaststroke
with a time of 2:16.26.
Mokhallalati recognizes
the achievement of the team,
and said: “The men’s team
had 25 new season best times
as well as six life-time best
times. I think everyone performed
to the absolute best of
their ability.”
He added, “The team continued
to hold the high standards
of amazing leadership
and team spirit which is usually
the key to our success.”
Along with the six first
place wins, the men’s team
also took second place in two
relay events.
Although the women’s
team came in third place,
they were still successful in
various events.
Junior Kelsey Lessard finished
first in the 200 butterfly
with a time of 2:16.79.
Senior Lexi Cole claimed a
first place victory for the 500
freestyle with her time of 5:22.
Sophomore Paige Wagner
said: “I would have to say
it was an unexpected close
one. Since it was a tri-meet,
we were racing two teams
instead of just one. Last year
we beat Messiah, so when
they started winning, I was
personally taken aback by it.”
Wagner continued, “It
was shocking to me that in a
year’s time they had gotten
that great.”
She said: “Unfortunately,
we had a lot of swimmers not
feeling so well that it was a
challenge to compensate, but
I feel as if we did our best to
achieve the final score.”
The women’s team had
several swimmers take second
in their respective races,
including freshman Joann
Butkus in the 100 breaststroke,
sophomore Ashlee
Weingarten in the 100 fly and
senior Annie Bruxelles in the
100 and 200 backstroke.
Bruxelles remains optimistic
despite the loss.
“Yesterday was a good day
all around for both teams,”
she said. “We competed
against some non-conference
teams who are very talented,
so we were pushed to swim
faster than some of our previous
The Crusaders will host
Drew on Saturday at 10 a.m.,
while several swimmers will
be participating in a challenge
against Bucknell at the