1 Day, 3 Titles: A Saturday To Remember
In February, three different Susquehanna University athletics programs captured Landmark Conference titles — on the same day and on SU’s campus.
The men’s and women’s track and field squads earned the 2022 Landmark Conference Indoor Track and Field titles in the afternoon, and the men’s basketball team finished off the day with a 76–68 win over Drew University.
The men’s indoor track and field squad pulled away from the rest of the conference thanks to its depth, earning its second all-time Landmark Conference Indoor Track and Field title with nearly 200 points for the day and 83 points clear of second-place Elizabethtown College.
For the women, the squad collected its first title in program history with an emphatic victory at the 2022 Landmark Conference Championships, as the River Hawks posted 144 points as a squad, edging Moravian University and its 98 points.
Later in the evening, in front of a packed Orlando W. Houts Gymnasium, the men’s basketball team earned its second Landmark Championship. They dominated most of the match against defending conference champion Drew University, who never got closer than seven points behind SU.
This marked only the second time that Susquehanna took three championships in one day — and what a day to remember.
Susquehanna Awarded the Landmark Conference Presidents’ Trophy
Susquehanna won the Landmark Conference President’s Trophy for the best overall athletics program, based on conference regular-season and postseason competition. The River Hawks won six Landmark championships: women’s cross country, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, men’s outdoor track and field, and softball. It was the fifth time Susquehanna won the trophy, making SU one of two teams to most often win the conference trophy since it started in 2008.
3 Coaches Earn Special Milestones
The 2021–22 season was a special one in many ways for the Susquehanna University coaching staff, highlighted by three head mentors earning milestone victories.
Women’s Volleyball Head Coach Kuuipo Tom eclipsed the 400-win mark in October. The winningest coach in program history, Tom is ranked No. 50 on the active NCAA wins list with 414. He also ranks in the top 50 in all of NCAA Division III in winning percentage.
In the spring, Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Randall Swope earned her 100th career win. Swope earned her 23rd victory as the head coach at Susquehanna that day, earning 26 wins at Franklin & Marshall College, while also picking up 51 victories in eight seasons as the head mentor at Bucknell University.
Head Baseball Coach Denny Bowers ’01 also earned his milestone victory in the spring season, collecting his 300th career win. Bowers went on to lead the River Hawks to the Landmark Conference championship game in 2022.