BY CHRISTINA MARTIN, STAFF WRITER
While many of us were relaxing and sleeping through winter break, the swim team was hard at work in Florida.
Senior Annie Bruxelles believes the training trip was a success. She said, “We all trained very hard, and I think we are in better shape at this point in the season than we were last year.”
Sophomore Ashlee Weingarten agreed, adding: “The training trip was really rough, but in the end, it really benefits us and you can see it through our performance. In the first few meets back, our times overall were faster than they were last season and that’s partially because of training trip and partially because of our mind set.”
Sophomores Paige Wagner and Caroline Henderson agreed that it was also a great bonding experience for the team. Henderson attributes this to the team being together throughout the trip.
Head Coach Jerry Foley recognized the importance of the trip for his team. He said: “There are no academic conflicts. The team is able to practice twice a day, breathe fresh air and practice all at the same time.”
On Jan. 10, Susquehanna took on Marywood and improved their Landmark competition record to a 4-0, with a men’s victory of 145-123 and women’s of 182-89. At the same time, the women’s team also took on Juniata and finished with a 200-55 victory.
Seven different Crusader men came away with first place finishes against Marywood. Sophomores Jourdan Stewart and Bill Crumrine both finished the meet with a pair of victories.
Finishing with times of 54.55 and 2.02.32 in the 100 fly and 200 fly, respectively, Stewart cruised past his competition to bring home two first place victories. Similarly, Crumrine won his two first place victories with times of 1.47.18 and 4.56.41 for the 200 and 500 free, respectively.
The women’s team enjoyed similar success, with seven swimmers claiming the top spot on the podium. Many set new personal records as well.
On Jan. 17, the team suffered a loss to Franklin & Marshall.
The men’s team lost by only 10 points, with a final score of 136-126. The final score for the women’s team was 145-117.
Crumrine led the way for the men, taking home three first place victories with times of 4.52.17, 1.08.99 and 3.17.69 in the 500 free, 1000 free and the 400 free relay team, respectively.
Junior Duncan Frazier also earned two wins in the 400 free relay team and the 50 free.
The women’s 200 medley relay team earned a victory as well with a time of 1.51.90.
Bruxelles won both the 100 and 200 back with times of 1.01.85 and 2.13.18.
Foley is confident in his swimmers moving forward. He said, “Both teams are primed to do very well at conference meets.”
The team will compete against Bloomsburg on Jan. 23.