ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Salisbury University men and women's swimming teams concluded the first day of the Capital Athletic Conference Swimming Championships breaking six records and finishing in the top three in two of the 10 events.
Early in the day during preliminaries, freshman Victoria Radcliffe and sophomore Will Gough both broke school records in the 200-yard individual medley and the 50-yard freestyle, respectively. Racing in the finals Friday night, the freshman and sophomore broke the records again.
Radcliffe finished with a seventh-place qualifier in the preliminary with a time of 2:13.51. With that time, she broke a 13-year-old record by over a full second set by SU alum Rebecca Mitchell in 2001. In the finals for the 200-yard IM, the Ellicott City, Md., native shaved more time off, marking a new record with a time of 2:12.94. Radcliffe finished the event in sixth place.
Gough qualified third in the 50-yard freestyle preliminary with a time of 21.42, a time good enough to break the school record set in 2008 by Cole Magnum by .01 seconds. The Ellicott City, Md., native would race for a faster time in the finals Friday night, breaking his own record with a time of 21.32. The sophomore made his way up the podium for bronze medal.
In the same race, senior Chris Franklin would claim eighth place with a time of 22:11.
Senior James Gough qualified seventh early in the day in the 500-yard freestyle preliminary with a time of 4:53.43. Racing in the finals, Gough would move up a spot with a sixth-place finish for the championship, carving two seconds off his preliminary race for a time of 4:51.46. With his final's time, Gough broke the program record set in 1998 by Brendan Roddy by .02 seconds.
The men's squad would finish highest on the day in the 200-yard freestyle relay, as Franklin, junior Rich Ambrose, and sophomores Jake Blazer and Will Gough would claim silver after racing for a time of 1:26.36 in the final. The foursome would post a new school record with their final time, knocking off the top time set in 2008 of 1:27.53.
The women's squad recorded a fourth-place finish to conclude the day in the 400-yard medley relay. Freshmen Maggie Deering, Layne Gable and Radcliffe and sophomore Nicki Schult raced for a time of 4:15.36.
The men would grab a fourth-place finish, as well, in the 400-yard medley relay. Franklin, Will Gough, and freshmen Okan Eyigor and Travis Maida swam for a time of 3:37.72. The strong finish would break two program records; one as a team and one for Eyigor's 100-yard backstroke in the race. The final time would knock off the 2011 record of 3:40.40, while the freshman erased a record set in 1998 by Chris Bembenek posting a new time of 51.31. Bembenek's 16-year record time was 52.67.
At the end of day one, both the men and women are placed fifth in the team rankings with 114.5 and 89 points, respectively. The University of Mary Washington sits atop the rankings for men and women at the end of the first 10 finals.
Day two of the CAC Swimming Championships starts up Saturday at 10 a.m., with preliminaries taking place in the morning followed by the finals at 6 p.m.
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