BY PAT DELP – STAFF WRITER
It was a day for the record books as multiple swimmers left their mark in Susquehanna history while competing at the Kenyon College Fast Chance Invitational on Feb 20.
On both the individual and team levels, the Crusaders swam their way into several of the school’s records while in Gambier, Ohio.
Senior David Miller said: “This meet is for relays or individuals to improve their times for a NCAA nationals cut time, earn a personal best or simply to try new events.”
Coming off their sixth-straight Landmark Conference Championship on Feb. 14, the women looked to continue to improve their already historic season. In the 100-yard butterfly, Maggie Palaski set a personal record with a time of 58.22 seconds, which lands her second all-time at Susquehanna. In the 200-yard breaststroke, junior Caroline Henderson set her own personal record at 2:35.36, placing her eighth in Susquehanna history.
Katie Willis competed in the 100-yard freestyle and finished with a time of 52.73. In the 200 medley, the women’s relay team was able to finish with a time of 1:49.89.
On the men’s side of the meet, several of the Crusaders also left their mark in the record books. After finishing second in the Landmark Conference behind USMMA, the Crusaders looked to continue their success at Kenyon.
When asked about the mindset of the team going into the meet, captain senior Danny Csakai said: “There was a general sense of confidence. Coming off a strong performance at conferences, it was nice to see the team carry the confidence right into the Kenyon invite and continue strong performances.”
Csakai swam in both the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke races.
In the 100, he clocked in at 58.16, and for the 200, he finished with a time of 2:07.00.
These strong performances also included junior David Miller, who clocked in at 22.22 for the 50-yard freestyle, a personal record and a 10th-place rank at Susquehanna. In the same event, freshman James Orzolek set his own personal record with a time of 21.50, which ranks third all-time in school history. Sophomore Henry Chang competed in the 1650-yard freestyle and finished in at 17:50.19. Chang also raced in the 200-yard individual medley, in which he touched the wall at 2:09.38.