ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's swimming teams got off to a strong start on day one of the 2017 Capital Athletic Conference championships on Friday hosted by St. Mary's College of Maryland, breaking five school records.
Sophomore Peter Moyer got the Sea Gulls off to a good start during the preliminary session by setting a school record in the men's 500-yard freestyle, recording a time of 4:41.58. However, Moyer didn't stop there as he won the men's 500-yard freestyle final, while breaking his preliminary record by almost five seconds, posting a time of 4:37.30. The victory is the first for a Sea Gull swimmer in the event since Brendan Roddy won at the CAC championships in 2001.
Also on day one, during a time trial Okan Eyigor set a new record in a 200-yard butterfly, finishing in a time of 1:56.44.
The men's side finished day one of the championships in style as Eyigor, Tyler Maggio, Stephen Arcidiacono and Blazer earned a second place finish and set the fifth school record of the day in the 400-yard medley relay, posting a time of 3:31.03.
The men sit in fourth following the first day of competition, with 119 points, just three points behind Marymount (Va.) University.
Senior Layne Gable got the women's side off to a good start by qualifying for the finals in the women's 200-yard IM, notching a time of 2:17.28. In the women's 200-yard IM finals Gable earned an eighth-place finish, recording a time of 2:16.75.
The women stand in sixth after the opening day, with 87 points, only nine shy of Marymount.
The Sea Gulls are back in action Saturday morning as day two of championships gets underway. Preliminary races are set to being at 10 a.m., with finals beginning at 6 p.m.