ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Salisbury University men and women's swimming teams travel to St. Mary's College of Maryland for the next three days, as the 2014 Capital Athletic Conference Men and Women's Swimming Championships kick off on Friday morning.
The men's squad enters the conference championships with a record of 2-8, 2-3 CAC. Looking to improve on their fourth place finish last season, the Sea Gulls bring in competitive talent at all ages.
Freshman Okan Eyigor leads SU into the championships with 15 gold medals in freestyle, butterfly and backstroke events. Claiming CAC Men's Swimming Athlete of the Week on Nov. 5, the Istanbul, Turkey native looks to make his mark in his first conference championship appearance.
Swimming at St. Mary's in the final meet of the regular season, sophomore Will Gough claimed first in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle. Gough has recorded eight top finishes on the season in freestyle, breast and individual medley strokes.
Seniors Chris Franklin and James Gough head into their final conference championship after recording first-place finishes three times in individual events this season. The men also claimed five top finishes in freestyle relays through 10 meets this year.
The women's team enters the conference championships with a record of 1-8, 1-4 CAC. Placing fifth last season, SU will look to improve this year with young, up-and-coming talent.
Freshman Victoria Radcliffe paced the Sea Gulls in their 2013-14 campaign, claiming 12 top finishes in a wide array of events. Claiming CAC Women's Swimming Co-Athlete of the Weed on Oct. 29, Radcliffe dives into her first conference championship competing in various strokes.
Sophomore Nicki Schult enters the championship improving on her seven gold medals in the regular season last year, racing for nine thus far in freestyle, butterfly and individual medley events.
Freshmen Maggie Deering and Layne Gable arrive at St. Mary's City, Md., with two and three top finishes, respectively. Deering claimed both first-place finishes in the 100 backstroke, while Gable recorded her three in the freestyle, butterfly and individual medley.
Trials will start up at 10 a.m., Friday through Sunday with the finals capping off each day at 6 p.m. Sunday, following the annual Senior Recognition celebration, the final six events will lead to the crowning of the 2014 championship teams.