Writer recommends disney classics

By Megan Ruge Asst. living and arts editor

The season for giving and spending time with family is upon us with Thanksgiving just around the corner. Thanksgiving is a time to return home and give thanks for the family that surrounds you and the turkey at the dinner table. Of course, eating and talking about football isn’t all you do over the weekend that officially kicks off the holiday season.

I have provided for you a list of family movies that are sure to have you in that holiday mood. This list of family-friendly films comes from the Netflix and Disney archives.

Our first film on the list is “Lilo and Stitch.” The film, released in 2002, tells the story of a girl who just lost her parents and is looking for unusual companionship in a creature that appears to be a dog. Lilo, a young Hawaiian girl, loves Elvis and makes it her mission to teach this rambunctious “dog” to be a good boy using the music and influence of Elvis as her guide.

When Lilo adopts her dog, affectionately named “Stitch,” she is unaware that he is really an alien fugitive wanted by galactic law enforcements. The truth leaves Lilo feeling betrayed, but she must put these feelings aside or risk losing the truest friend she’s ever known.

Our second film comes to us from the newest minds behind Disney animation. “Zootopia” was released earlier this year and has swiftly made its way to the center of our hearts and homes. The adorable story about a bunny who refuses to be defined by the primitive ways of her ancestors shows viewers a world where predator and prey live in peace.

When Judy Hopps decides to become the first bunny cop, the world she lives in aims to discourage her, but Judy’s persistent optimism allows her to prevail. While on the force, Judy meets a sly fox, named Nick Wilde, and finds an unlikely friend and ally while looking for missing animals from all across Zootopia.

Our next film comes to us from the Disney archives back in 2000. “The Emperor’s New Groove” tells the story of a selfish and fanciful South American emperor whose power-hungry royal advisor looks to kill him and steal his throne. However, the advisor’s plan goes awry, and instead of killing him she turns the emperor into a llama.

In the film, the emperor, named Kuzco, is found by a humble peasant family who takes him in until they can figure out how to change him back. During his stay, Kuzco learns what it means to be a family and what leading a humble life really means.

The next film in the list is among those with the most memorable sound track. “Tarzan” is a 1999 film that tells the story of what happens when a ship’s wreckage off the coast of Africa leaves a family and a young child stranded in the African wild. After the child is left an orphan, he is found and raised by apes to adulthood.

After the child, Tarzan, has grown up into a man, a group of researchers comes to the area to learn about the apes, including the professor’s daughter Jane who catches the eye of the ape man. Tarzan falls in love with Jane and eventually must choose between the life he’s known in the wild and the life Jane is a part of in the human world.

Our final film is a spin-off that starred the supporting character of one of Disney’s original animated stories. “Tinker Bell” is the origin story of the little fairy whose jealousy made her one of the spunkiest Disney characters of all time. In “Tinker Bell,” we get to see how the small fairy and her world came to be. Tinker Bell and her friends all have their own special skills, but Tinker Bell is having a hard time finding her niche.

Along the way, she meets many friends, and they help her find herself while aiding her in pulling off one of the biggest tasks asked of any fairy.

Musician performs Veteran’s Day recital

By Danielle Bettendorf Staff writer

Jeffrey Fahnestock, adjunct faculty music, performed a recital in honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11 in Stretansky Concert Hall.

The recital, titled “Casualties of War: Poetry and Music of the Great War,” featured both poetry and musical performances.

Fahnestock was accompanied by Scott Crowne, a pianist from Gettysburg, and James Watson, a performer with acting, musical and literary experience. Watson read poetry aloud in between Fahnestock’s and Crowne’s performances.

The recital was broken up into sections, titled: “Home,” “The Recruit,” “Belgium,” “France,” “Tragedy” and “Homecoming.”

Poems read at the performance included those by Joyce Kilmer, Rupert Brooke, Alan Seeger, John McCrae, Wilfred Owen, Charles Hamilton Sorley and Siegfried Sassoon. The musical pieces performed included works by George Butterworth, E.J. Moeran, Ivor Gurney, Francis Poulenc and Enrique Granados.

In choosing the repertoire, Fahnestock considered the themes of war.

“I often look to some anniversary of a composer or poet or event,” Fahnestock said. “In this case, two composers, Granados and Butterworth, died in the same year as an important battle in World War I.”

“The Battle of the Somme began on July 1, 1916 and ended in mid-November 1916 with 1.2 million casualties,” Fahnestock continued. “I searched for others who had been killed and easily found at least a dozen composers or poets who were killed or wounded in World War I. I’ve always been interested in history; this combination of music, poetry and history was intriguing to me.”

Fahnestock also noted the solemnity of the subject in the pieces chosen and how some wars are not discussed as much as others.

“This performance dealt with subject matter that is difficult to talk about—death and the futility of war,” Fahnestock said. “There is not much discussion about World War I in the U.S. There are no survivors of that war as there are of World War II.”

Fahnestock said the program and the pieces chosen were specifically designed “in a way that was a seamless arc of a man’s life from civilian to soldier to veteran.” This was reflected in the tone as the recital went on: it opened with “Trees” by Kilmer, which is more general than the recital’s final poem “The One-legged Man” by Sassoon, which reflects more on a man who has already served in the war.

“I’m always amazed by Fahnestock,” senior Sarah Stine said. “He sings a wide range of music, and his recitals are always meaningful as well as beautifully performed, so it’s always a joy to come and hear it.”

Fahnestock also said that in relation to Veterans Day, he hopes the audience looks into the history of war, rather than just listening to the performances.

“I hope that the audience looks deeper into the history and remembers those who served,” Fahnestock said. “At a liberal arts school like [Susquehanna], we should be able to learn about how seemingly different things are really connected.”

Fahnestock drew parallels between events that happened in the past and events that happen today.

“The use of tanks and airplanes for the first time in World War I are no different than the use of drones today,” Fahnestock said. “The poetry of that time still speaks to the horror of war. We still have men fighting wars and others protesting.”

Dream season ends for River Hawks

By Mike Henken Staff writer

The Susquehanna women’s volleyball team suffered a disappointing 3-0 loss to Clarkson in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Nov. 11 at SUNY Brockport in New York.

The match was a rematch, as the two teams met back on Oct. 29. Susquehanna got the best of Clarkson in that meeting, besting them 3-0.

In the previous match, the River Hawks were led by senior outside hitter Marykate Sherkness who had 12 kills and senior setter Maggie O’Hearn who had 37 assists.

In rematch things did not go as well for Susquehanna. In the first set, the River Hawks went down 6-3 early before scoring five unanswered points, capped off by a serving ace by senior defensive specialist Corrine Eidle.

The serving ace was followed by a kill from junior outside hitter Morgan Lowe to give Susquehanna the lead.

Clarkson then tied the game up at nine before Susquehanna went on another run to take a 20-15 lead. The River Hawks couldn’t close out the match, however, as Clarkson scored seven unanswered points to take over 23-21.

Another kill from Lowe knotted the game up at 24 late in the set to send the set to extra points.

The two teams then battled it out before a Clarkson kill ended the set and gave Clarkson a 34-32 victory.

Susquehanna got off to a strong start in the second set, jumping out to a 4-0 lead. Clarkson then took over, however, grabbing a 7-5 lead before a kill from senior setter Erin Byrne followed by a serving ace from defensive specialist Kasey Bost tied the match at eight.

The two teams then went back-and-forth before Clarkson finished off the set with a 27-25 win.

The final set saw the River Hawks trail 20-8 early on before the team went on a 14-2 run to tie the set at 22 on a kill from Sherkness.

Clarkson, however, controlled the action for the remainder of the set, picking up a 25-23 win.

Lowe led the Susquehanna team with 23 kills, while tallying 11 digs to earn a double-double. Byrne had 13 kills of her own, while Sherkness added 11.

O’Hearn tallied 43 assists and added 16 digs for a double-double on the game. Senior defensive specialist Alyssa Chiodo totaled 15 digs of her own and freshman outside hitter Caroline Beohm added 10.

Clarkson was led by junior outside hitter Rachel Aird who put down 14 kills against the River Hawks.

Sophomore setter Jillian Saenz kept feeding the points to her team, racking up 45 assists on the day, and freshman defensive specialist Kate Isaksen delivered 26 digs.

After defeating Susquehanna, Clarkson suffered the same fate they dealt the River Hawks, falling 3-1 to Emory in the next round of the single-elimination tournament.

Despite the loss, the River Hawks finished off an improbable tournament season with a 31-8 overall record, which marks the winningest season in program history.

The team will graduate six seniors before returning to the court for the 2017 season.

Byrne was named to the 2016 American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III All America Honorable Mention team following the loss. This is the second time Byrne has been honored with a spot on the honorable mention team.

XC travels to DeSalle for mideast regionals

By Akshay Kripalani Staff writer

Susquehanna’s men’s and women’s cross-country teams travelled to DeSales on Nov. 12 to compete in the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional meet. The men’s team finished 28th out of 52 teams while the women’s team finished 16th out of 52 teams.

Johns Hopkins won the men’s meet with a one-point margin over Haverford.

Susquehanna’s top finisher for the men’s team was sophomore Ciaran Fisher who was 120th overall with an eight-kilometer time of 27:13.

Junior Kyle Skelton finished just two seconds behind Fisher, posting a time of 27:15. Next for the River Hawks was senior Justin Skavery, who crossed the line at 27:50. He was followed by seniors Mark Harrel, with a time of 28:05, and John Matthews, with a time of 28:08. Junior Eric Pressler finished at the 29:50 mark and freshman Brandon Sorge finished at 30:04.

Both Matthews and Pressler finished with personal records to end the season.

In the women’s meet, Johns Hopkins ran away with the team title.

The Blue Jays finished with 38 points, beating second-place Dickinson by 82 points. Susquehanna had 454 points.

Senior Amy Kaschak placed 30th overall with a six-kilometer time of 22:47.

Kaschak’s 30th-place finish earned her All-Region recognition. All-Region honors are awarded to the top 35 finishers.

Other notable racers were junior Hannah Stauffer who was next across the finish line for Susquehanna, posting a time of 23:52. She was followed by junior Seema Tailor, who finished at the 24:13 mark and senior Rachel Daley at the 24:36 mark. Also finishing in under 25 minutes for the River Hawks were senior Megan Wright at 24:44, junior Kailyn Reilly at 24:45 and freshman Erin Reese at 24:53.

The event was the last race of the season for the cross-country teams, but many of the athletes will continue running with the indoor track and field teams, which compete beginning in December.

River Hawks fail to complete comeback bid in home opener

By Nick Forbes Asst. sports editor

The 2016-17 men’s basketball season did not begin favorably for the River Hawks, as they dropped their season opener 120-116 to Misericordia in a double-overtime thriller on Nov. 15 in Selinsgrove.

The result was not what the Hawks had hoped for in their first game back since their 24-5 record last year, the winningest season in Susquehanna history.

The Cougars established themselves from the very beginning of the game, throwing the Susquehanna defense off balance. The River Hawks found themselves in a 35-16 hole just over halfway through the first half.

Unable to find open looks on the perimeter, Susquehanna began forcing the ball inside, but were hard-pressed to score against the Cougars 6-foot 10-inch tall senior center James Hawk.

The 3-point production, which last season was led by then seniors guard Brandon Hedley and forward Josh Miller, was notably absent as the River Hawks shot 5-13 from beyond the arc in the first half of the game.

After senior guard Steven Weidlich knocked down a three and added four free throws on top of that, junior center Ryan Traub hit a three and then a lay-up to cut Misericordia’s lead to single digits, 37-28.

“Without [Miller] and [Hedley], there is going to be a lot of minutes and scoring that needs to be filled,” Weidlich said. “That being said, we have a remainder of our core guys back. Out of our eight-man rotation last year, we return six so I would still consider us a veteran team.”

Weidlich stepped up and was the go-to scoring option for the River Hawks, netting a career-high 49 points and tacking on five assists and seven rebounds in the game.

At the beginning of a season with many questions being asked about this Susquehanna team, Weidlich was the answer, at least on this night.

With 34 seconds remaining in the half, Susquehanna found itself within two points of the Cougars after Weidlich drilled a triple. The River Hawks were unable to even the score before halftime. Hawk added a Misericordia bucket right before the half to make the score 51-47.

After a neck-and-neck second half, the River Hawks found themselves down by three points with just over 30 seconds remaining in the game. Once again, it was Weidlich who answered the call, knocking down a triple with 20 seconds left to tie the game.

Weidlich hit eight threes in the game, five of which came in the second half and overtime.

Neither team was able to pull ahead in the waning seconds, sending the game to its first overtime with the score tied at 93.

Early in the first overtime, Weidlich went down with an apparent ankle injury. After being taken out of the game for two minutes, Weidlich reentered the game. He explained that he experienced foot and ankle cramps.

“I experienced a leg cramp where I was not able to move my foot. I thought I was well hydrated and very loose before the game, but with the heat in the gym and the wear and tear on my body, my leg cramped up,” Weidlich said.

“I plan to focus on rolling out that area of my calves deeply and hydrate as much as I can prior to the game.”

Susquehanna trailed 106-103 with just over a minute remaining in overtime before Weidlich drained a three.

After a turnover from Misericordia, Weidlich was fouled and stepped to the line to give Susquehanna a two-point lead with less than a minute to go.

Misericordia senior guard Griffin Sponaugle tacked on two free throws with 10 seconds left to send the game to double overtime.

Sophomore guard Jason Kenny gave Misericordia the lead with a free throw with 22 seconds remaining.

The River Hawks took one final timeout to draw up a play for their leading scorer, Weidlich.

Weidlich took the inbounds pass but was met at the hoop by a swarm of Cougars who forced Weidlich’s shot off.

The Cougars grabbed the rebound, forcing Susquehanna to foul.

Spounaugle hit both free throws to seal the win for Misericordia.

“Unfortunately, we were handed some adversity with a few injuries to some of our key guys. Although some of our younger guys stepped up and played a great game,” Weidlich said.

The River Hawks will compete in the Pepsi Tipoff Tournament beginning on Friday, Nov. 18 against Penn State Wilkes Barre.

Last year in the Pepsi tipoff tournament, Susquehanna handled Penn State Wilkes Barre, defeating the Nittany Lions 97-73. In that game it was Weidlich who led the way for Susquehanna with 14 points, a stat that bodes well for the River Hawks this year.

In 2015, Susquehanna went on to win the tournament, defeating King’s in the championship game 92-60.

Weidlich was among three players named to the All-Tournament team.

Swim teams find mixed results at Gettysburg

By Melissa Barracato Staff writer

Susquehanna’s men’s and women’s swim teams faced off with Messiah and Gettysburg in an out-of-conference tri-meet hosted at Gettysburg on Nov. 12.

The men’s team fell to Gettysburg 185-75 but got the win against Messiah by a score of 159-101. The women’s team suffered two losses with final scores of 145-116 and 137-124 against Messiah and Gettysburg, respectively.

“Our goal was to compete,” Head Coach Jerry Foley said.

“I was pleased with our effort, our level of enthusiasm and support for each other,” he added.

The River Hawks earned points for several races, including first-place points from senior Eric Lawrence, who won the 200 individual medley with the time of 2:01.94, along with freshman Hannah Finton, who earned a personal record time of 11:07.10 in the 1000 freestyle, and freshman Megan Schaffer, who won the 100 and 200 backstroke events with personal record times of 1:01.6 and 2:11.61, respectively.

Lawerence was also named the Landmark Conference Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week. Alongside his first place finish in the 200 individual medley, he finished second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.42.

Other notable races for the men’s team include the 200 medley relay, where the team of Lawrence, senior Jourdan Stewart, sophomore James Orzolek and freshman Shane Sullivan came in second with a time of 1:40.34.

In the 1000 freestyle, sophomore Ryan Nathan finished third with a time of 10:27.73. Lawrence finished second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 55.42.

Orzolek also took second in the 50 freestyle at 22.15.

Susquehanna grabbed spots three through six in the 500 freestyle with Nathan placing third at 5:06.68, senior David Miller placing fourth at 5:06.96 and senior Bill Crumrine placing sixth at 5:10.40.

Stewart and sophomore Ryan Rizzuto took second and third in the 100 butterfly with times of 54.35 and 56.41, respectively.

Susquehanna also earned second place in the 400 freestyle relay with the time of 3:32.00, with the team of Stewart, Miller, Orzolek and freshman David Grove to finish out the meet.

On the women’s side, the River Hawks started out with third and fifth place finishes in the 200 medley relay with the team of senior Erin McElwee, junior JoAnn Butkus, and sophomores Maggie Palaski and Katie Willis earning second place with a time of 1:51.81, while the team of Schaffer, senior Lizzie Richart, sophomore Megan Duck and freshman Colleen Walsh took fifth with a time of 1:58.22.

Freshman Caitlin Kelly placed third in the 200 freestyle with a personal record time of 2:01.68.

Butkus finished second at 1:08.96 in the 100 breaststroke. Willis finished second in both the 50 and 100 freestyle with times of 24.85 and 54.54, respectively.

Kelly set a personal record in the 500, finishing second with a time of 5:22.95.

In the 400 freestyle relay, the last event of the day, the River Hawks finished second with a time of 3:43.46 with the team of Willis, Kelly, Schaffer and Butkus. Susquehanna also earned fifth place at 3:53.13 with the team of Palaski, Finton, Richart and freshman Erin Wetmore.

“Our strength is our depth,” Foley said. “We could have someone who is sick or injured and have other individuals who can really fill in and not really miss a beat.”

Susquehanna has a big season ahead with important meets against Scranton and Catholic along with non-conference opponent Franklin & Marshall.

“Each competition, week and day we just want to get better,” Foley said.

“I really want to focus on the process,” he added.

Both the Susquehanna men’s and women’s teams are 2-0 within the Landmark Conference, while the men moved to 3-1 and the women moved to 2-2 overall.

The next meet is the Gettysburg Invitational, which will take place on Dec. 2 and 3.

High-scoring Hawks cap season with victory

By Pat Delp Staff writer

The Susquehanna football team set a program record on senior day with its 63-34 win over rival Juniata on Nov. 12.

For the second straight year, the River Hawks brought home the coveted Goal Post Trophy. Susquehanna maintains a lead in the all-time rivalry series.

The River Hawks closed out their season with a 6-4 overall record and a 6-3 record in Centennial Conference play, which was third best in the conference.

This season is Susquehanna’s first winning season since 2012, when the team also had a 6-4 record.

Much of Susquehanna’s success can be traced back to its high-powered offense, which put up a program-best 326 points this season, with 42 touchdowns, 39 point-after-touchdowns and 11 field goals.

In addition to the record-breaking season, Susquehanna’s 63 points are its most in a single game since the team put up the same number against Juniata in 1998 in a double overtime win.

Junior running back Cameron Ott led the way on the ground as he racked up 74 of the 214 total River Hawk rushing yards. He added two touchdowns as well.

In the air, sophomore quarterback Nick Crusco threw for 306 passing yards and four touchdowns to lead the River Hawk aerial attack.

Crusco’s favorite target on the day was senior wide receiver Chris Beals who led the River Hawks with 64 yards and a touchdown.

The Susquehanna defense stood strong all day, allowing 119 rushing yards.

The defense also came away with two interceptions. Senior linebacker Marc LeDrappier led the way with six solo tackles and 10 total. Just behind him was freshman cornerback Brandon Tinson who had nine. Junior defensive back Ryan Ganard had eight tackles and sophomore defensive back Jason Brougham had seven.

The defensive stand was a full team effort as Ganard and freshman cornerback Danial Shelton each had one interception in the game.

Juniata did not make it onto the scoreboard until early in the second quarter, while the Susquehanna offense managed at least 14 points in each quarter.

Susquehanna came out gunning, with Crusco finding long touchdown passes on back-to-back drives, the first to freshman wide receiver Nick Pasquin and the second to Ott.

Juniata answered in the second quarter, scoring on back-to-back drives to knot the game at 14.

The tie was short lived as Crusco barrelled into the endzone three minutes later for his lone rushing touchdown of the day to put Susquehanna up by seven.

With 1:42 remaining in the half, Shelton’s interception set the River Hawks up on Juniata’s 19-yard line. Two plays later, Ott found the endzone to give Susquehanna a 14-point cushion at halftime.

In the third quarter, Ott hauled in a 14-yard pass from Crusco, only to be answered by a 19-yard touchdown from Juniata. Then it was Crusco who hauled in a recieving touchdown from junior quarterback Matt Thies, adding to his alread impressive day.

With a 42-21 lead entering the fourth quarter, The River Hawks continued to steamroll, punching in three more touchdowns to punctuate their first winning season since 2012.

The senior players and their families were honored by the athletic department before the game. They leave behind them successful college careers marked with a dominating final performance at home against their bitter rival.

River Hawks can’t pull off victory in overtime

By Melissa Barracato Staff writer

Susquehanna’s women’s soccer team suffered its final loss of the season on Nov. 1 in a Landmark semi-final game against Scranton. After the scoreless regulation time ended, the Royals scored off a corner kick in overtime. This ended the season for the River Hawks with a final overall record of 12-6-0.

The Hawks outshot the Royals 5-2 in the first half, whereas Scranton took seven shots to Susquehanna’s one during the second half.

Senior goalie Jordyn Slocum came up with a big save in the last two minutes of regulation to keep the game tied at zero and force the match into overtime.

At 94:44 minutes, Scranton claimed the victory off a header from a corner kick to advance to the conference championships.

“We felt like we put ourselves in the best position possible with our game plan and with our level of play,” said Head Coach Nick Hoover. “The game plan is only as good as the people who are executing it, and I think our players did that to an incredible level.”

Two of the River Hawks’ shots came from junior midfielder Grayclynn Juckes, one of which came in the 67th minute of regulation, which was the last chance that Susquehanna had to score. Scranton had four corner kicks versus Susquehanna’s one, and Slocum had a total of five saves for her 94:44 minutes of work.

“Once we got through the first fifteen minutes where [Scranton] really put on the pressure, we gained a certain level of confidence,” Hoover said. “For the last twenty or twenty-five minutes of that half, we were the better team.”

“We really had a level of belief at that point in ourselves and in our ability. Once we got through the first fifteen minutes we really came out and played well,” Hoover said.

This season has had the most number of wins for the program with Hoover as the head coach, and it is the first time since 2009 that Susquehanna has qualified for the conference playoffs. This year’s record marked the second most wins overall in program history.

“I think when you look back at this season for our program, you say ‘progress.’ We absolutely took a great step forward toward our ultimate goal, which is a conference championship someday,” Hoover said.

“When you have 33 like-minded individuals when it comes to their goals this season and who can really come together on the field, have good team chemistry and a good overall sense of culture, this program will be better for it looking forward,” he added.

SU loses to Blue Jays in conference match

By Mike Henken Staff writer

The Susquehanna women’s field hockey team beat Catholic 4-3 on Nov. 2 but lost to Elizabethtown at the Landmark Conference championship game on Nov. 5.

In the 75th minute of the Nov. 2 game, freshman forward Hunter Pitman scored the game-winning goal off an assist from sophomore forward Taylor Franco. The goal marked Pitman’s third of the game, as she scored at 16:08 to give the River Hawks a 1-0 lead in the first half and at 44:33 off an assist from freshman midfielder Heather Casey to extend the team’s lead to 2-1 in the second half.

After Susquehanna took a 2-1 lead, Catholic tied the game up before sophomore forward Molly Crowley tallied her third goal of the game to give the Cardinals a 3-2 lead with just over 13 minutes to go in regulation.

With 3:44 remaining, junior midfielder Cayla Spatz scored the game-tying goal off an assist from senior midfielder Lauren Cram. Pitman then sealed the deal in overtime.

With the win, Susquehanna moved on to the Landmark Conference championship game against Elizabethtown on Nov. 5, but the River Hawks fell 1-0 in yet another game that went to overtime.

With each team remaining scoreless throughout regulation as well as the first overtime period, the game headed to double overtime where senior midfielder Nicole Leaf netted the game-winning goal off a penalty corner to give the Blue Jays the victory.

Susquehanna’s freshman goalie Emily DiGaetano played a strong game, totaling 16 saves. Senior forward Emily Novakovich led the team in shots with four, while Pitman added three, and freshman forward Mini Kifolo tallied two.

Despite a difficult end to the season, Head Coach Kaitlyn Wahila was proud of the 2016 campaign her team produced.

“We were able to execute on a consistent basis on game day to keep a solid win streak rolling at one point,” Wahila said.

As far as next season goes, the goal is clear: to not only once again make it to the Landmark Conference championship, but this time to win it.

“Every season brings upon new goals and challenges and new team members that were not a part of the previous season,” Wahila said. “At the end of the day, I am extremely proud of our team’s ability to stay mentally tough and get us to a 15-4 record.”

Swimming and diving win big on the road

By Akshay Kripalani Staff writer

The Susquehanna men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams came away with two wins on the road against Marywood and Drew on Nov. 5.

The men’s team scored 194 points while Marywood and Drew scored 73 and 69 points.

The River Hawks won 10 out of the 14 events, starting with the first event of diving. Sophomore Kyle O’Donnell scored 318.38 points in the 100-meter dive to win easily, scoring 128.78 points more than the second place finisher.

The 200-yard medley relay team, consisting of senior Eric Lawrence, sophomore James Orzolek and freshmen David Grove and Shane Sullivan, finished first in the event with a time of 1:43.21.

Sophomore Ryan Nathan won the 1000-yard freestyle with his time of 10:31.73, while Grove and freshman Owen Madden finished first and second in the 100-yard backstroke, setting personal records in the process.

Sullivan won the 100-yard breaststroke with his personal best time of 1:03.96, and Orzolek won both the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyles with times of 22.46 and 48.80. Madden set a personal record with his first place time of 2:07.28 in the 200-yard backstroke.

Lawrence set a personal record in the 100-yard individual medley with a winning time of 1:03.14.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Grove, Orzolek and seniors Bill Crumrine and David Miller finished the meet on a high note, as they won the event with their time of 3:23.89.

On the women’s side of the meet, the River Hawks scored 221 points to Marywood’s 58 and 182 points to Drew’s 89.

The River Hawks started on a fantastic note, coming in first and second in the 200-yard medley relay.

The team of senior Erin McElwee, junior Joann Butkus and sophomores Maggie Palaski and Katie Willis won the event with their time of 1:52.65, while the team of senior Lizzie Reichart, sophomore Megan Duck and freshmen Megan Shaffer and Morgan O’Hara finished second with the time of 1:57.42.

Freshmen Caitlin Kelly and Erin Wetmore set personal records in the 1000-yard freestyle with their first place time of 11:06.51 and second place time of 11:39.46 respectively.

Shaffer set a personal record in the 100-yard backstroke with a first place time of 1:02.31 while Butkus won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:08.96.

In the 200-yard butterfly, Wetmore and freshman Colleen Walsh took first with the time of 2:27.17 and second with the time of 2:29.38, respectively. Both times were personal records.

Willis won the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyles with her times of 25.31 and 55.23.

Butkus, Duck and senior Paige Wagner took the top three spots in the 200-yard breaststroke with times of 2:31.72, 2:36.54 and 2:46.42, respectively.

Palaski won the 100-yard butterfly with her time of 1:01.63 while Butkus set a personal record in the 100-yard individual medley with her first-place time of 1:03.14.

Both the men and women’s teams get back in the pool on Nov. 12 when they travel to Gettysburg, where Messiah will also compete.