SU women claim fifth straight title

BY CHRISTINA MARTIN, ASST. SPORTS EDITORScreen Shot 2015-02-22 at 5.24.14 PM

While many of us received
chocolates and roses as our Valentine’s
Day gift, the Susquehanna
men’s and women’s
swimming and diving teams
found their Valentine’s Day
happiness in a different form.
After a three-day championship
meet from Feb. 13 to Feb.
15, the women’s swimming
and diving team finished in
first place, earning their fifthstraight
Landmark Conference
Championship. They totaled
844 points, compared to runner-
up Catholic’s 629. Their
total was also higher than that
of any prior title.
Head Coach Jerry Foley
commented on the success of
the women’s team.
“The weekend on the women’s
side was a total team domination,”
he said. “They scored
more points than any other.”
The men’s team earned a
second-place finish with a total
of 520.5 points. They edged
third-place finisher Catholic
by two points, as Catholic finished
with a total of 518.5. The
first-place finisher was United
States Merchant Marine Academy,
with a total of 973 points.
Foley said: “The men’s and
women’s teams support each
other. A comradery between
the men’s and women’s teams
definitely exists. They equally
cheer for each other.”
Despite not taking home the
first-place title, the men’s team
had several first place finishes,
personal best times and program
Sophomore Eric Lawrence
earned a personal best time of
1:55.88 in his 200 IM on Feb.
13 and later broke a school record
in his 400 IM on Feb. 14
with a time of 4:07.73.
Sophomore Bill Crumrine
set a program record in the 500
free on Feb. 13 with a time of
On Feb. 14, sophomore
Jourdan Stewart broke a school
record in the 100 butterfly with
a time of 51.83.
Sophomore David Miller set
a career-best time of 1:44.44
in the 200 free on Feb. 14 as
Susquehanna’s top finisher.
The team of Stewart, Crumrine,
Miller and junior Daniel
Csakai won the 800 free relay,
setting a program-record with a
time of 7:01.19.
On the women’s team, senior
Lexi Cole won three events. On
Feb. 13, Cole won the 500 free,
setting a meet-record and a
school-best time of 5:05.44. On
Feb. 14, she broke the meet and
program record for the 200 free
with a time of 1:55.08, while
on Feb. 15, Cole won the 1650
free with a time of 17:41.23.
Junior Kelsey Lessard had a
unique experience on Feb. 13,
as she won the 200 IM. Her
time of 2:08.74 broke the meetrecord
and her personal-best
time. It also broke the school
record previously held by her
sister, Devin Lessard.
Foley said, “Kelsey beating
her sister’s record was just
something that we all found
very special.”
On Feb. 14, Lessard won the
400 IM with a time of 4:34.60.
Sophomore Erin McElwee
was the first-place finisher in
the 100 back with a time of
58.86. This also broke the meet
and program record on Feb. 14.
McElwee was also on a team
with sophomore Ashlee Weingarten
and freshmen Joann
Butkus and Jessica Jozefiak
on Feb. 13 that won the 400
medley relay. Finishing with a
time of 3:58.16, their win broke
both the meet and the conference
Bruxelles commented on the
success of her team. “It was a
very thrilling weekend,” she
said. “I think we all swam very
well and there were so many
memories that we all will have
forever from this weekend.”
She continued, “To say our
program has won a championship
for five consecutive years
is incredible.”
Foley, who was named coach
staff of the year, said: “I give
credit to my team. They have
bought into the program. They
make sacrifices and commit to
the work they put into the program.
They endure and persevere.
Their drive and commitment
allows them to perform at
their best.”