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February 22, 2002
Vol. 43 No. 16

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Swimmers finish year at MACs

Spreading his wings
The Crusader/Jonathan Illuzzi
SPREADING HIS WINGS - Sophomore Wade Znosko cruises toward the finish in the 200-yard individual medley during the MAC Championships held at Widener on Saturday. The men finished seventh out of eight teams, and the women finished eighth.
Senior Michelle Badorf earned three top-five finishes to lead the Susquehanna women's swimming team to eighth place at the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships held at Widener University last weekend.

Badorf took fourth in the 200-yard backstroke (2:18.58) and fifth in both the 200-yard freestyle (2:03.03) and 500-yard freestyle (5:25.64), as the Crusaders placed swimmers in five different finals during the weekend.

"This was my last time to compete here (MAC Championships) and though our team didn't finish first, the girls on this team mean everything to me and I have had such a good time competing on this team," Badorf said.

"I am very proud of the way the girls' team swam this weekend even though we fell a bit short of the expectations I had," Head Coach Ged Schweikert said.

Joining Badorf as a top-six finisher were sophomore Christina Myers in the 100-yard backstroke (sixth in 1:05.24) and junior Katie McKeever in the 200-yard breaststroke (fifth in 2:34.96).

"We did get off to a slow start, which kind of hurt our momentum but I feel we had a lot of individuals putting on good performances," Schweikert said.

Albright gained the team title with 413 points, followed by Lycoming and Scranton.

The Susquehanna men's swimming team earned a seventh-place finish at the championships, scoring 107 points to duplicate last year's finish in the eight-team field.

Leading the way for the Crusaders was sophomore Jonathan Illuzzi, who took eighth in the 100-yard backstroke in 58.20 seconds and ninth in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.81. Illuzzi added an 11th-place finish in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:07.56.

"I feel with the majority of the underclassman that we gave ourselves a good place to end, but also established a good base for next year," Schweikert said.

Junior Matt Harris took ninth in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:25.01) and 11th in the 100-yard breast (1:07.12) while sophomore Wade Znosko took 10th in the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.51) and 12th in the 200-yard individual medley (2:09.62).

The 800-yard freestyle team of Znosko, sophomore Derek Dionisio, Illuzzi and freshman Sam Knight set a new school record with a time of 7:34.32, bettering the old mark, set at last season's MAC Championships, by more than two seconds.

Host Widener took the championship with 540.5 points, followed by Albright and Drew.

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