PHOENIXVILLE - Erin McElwee has not made her final splash in the waters of competitive swimming.
The Phoenixville senior will be continuing her academic and athletic careers in women’s swimming at Susquehanna University, which is located in central Pennsylvania. The town is Selinsgrove.
McElwee enjoyed moments of excellence in terms of individual events as well as relay teams with the Phantoms. She qualified for the PIAA Championships at Bucknell University twice in Class AA.
“I went on a recruiting trip for it,” said McElwee. “I thought I could fit in with the team. It is not too far away from home and not too close. I also wanted a smaller school where I could swim.”
McElwee also considered Lafayette, Campbell, Iona and Union in the decision-making process.
Her main event is the backstroke, at both the 100-yard and 200-yard distances.
“They are the main events they recruited me for,” said McElwee.
McElwee’s top finish at states came during her junior year when she placed ninth overall. This past winter she finished in the 12th position. Her best time is 58.3 in the 100 and 2:07 in the 200. The 200 race is not a high school event, but it is a college event.
She will enter college with an undeclared major, but she is leaning toward the humanities and social sciences.
Susquehanna boasts a traditionally strong swimming program and has captured the conference (Landmark) championship the past three years in a row.
“They will be going for it again next year,” said McElwee. “I am really looking forward to being part of a young team next year.”
Susquehanna competes in a conference against the likes of Scranton, Juniata, Drew and Catholic.
McElwee has been swimming conscientiously since she was 10 years old so it has been eight years of concentrated workouts. The routine has become a major part of her life. And she is prepared for an even greater commitment as she embarks on the next level.
“I am excited, too,” she said. “I really like the sport. I like to race and I like to compete.”