ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's swimming teams capped off a fantastic weekend at the 2015 Capital Athletic Conference swimming championships, as the men placed third and the women finished fourth overall on the final day of action.
It was a record-breaking weekend for the Sea Gulls, as the men and women combined for 16 school records during the championships, including six more records today.
In the preliminaries for the men's 200-yard butterfly, senior Daniel Keller qualified for the finals, taking fourth place, while also breaking a school record that was set back in 1998 with his time of 1:57.75. Keller took fifth in the finals and touched the wall at 1:58.68.
Junior Nicki Schult finished fifth and broke a seven-year-old school record set by Becky Akers in the women's 1,650-yard freestyle, touching the wall at 18:21.74.
In the women's 100-yard freestyle preliminaries, freshman Bizu Baldinazzo grabbed sixth and touched the wall at 54.14 seconds, qualifying her for the finals in the event. In the finals, Baldinazzo cut her time by almost a second and broke a school record set by Alison Calcaterra in 1999, finishing in a time of 53.52 seconds. Baldinazzo placed fourth in the race.
The women set another school record in the 400-yard freestyle relay, as a team of sophomoresVictoria Radcliffe and Layne Gable, Baldinazzo and Schult finished the race in a time of 3:41.68, capturing third and breaking a 16-year-old record.
Gable added in indivdual top-10 finish in the women's 200-yard butterfly, swimming for eighth-place and tabbing a final time of 2:19.86.
In the men's 400-yard freestyle relay, juniors Will Gough and Jake Blazer, and sophomoresOkan Eyigor and Scott Schirmer set a new school record, recording a final time of 3:09.21 and taking second in the event. Gough swam the first leg of the event, and while doing so, set a new school record for the 100-yard freestyle, touching the wall at 45.96 seconds.
Eyigor placed second with a time of 1:54.46 in the preliminaries for the men's 200-yard backstroke, which qualified him for the finals. The Istanbul, Turkey native improved his time in the finals for the event, grabbing second place again and recording a final time of 1:54.03.
In the men's 100-yard freestyle, Blazer notched a fifth-place finish and touched the wall at 48.02 seconds.
The third-place finish for the men's team is its best since the 2007-08 season.
The Sea Gull men conclude the 2014-15 season with an overall record of 2-7 (1-4) CAC, while the women with a record of 3-6 (2-3) CAC.
Men's Team Rankings (Through 36 events)
1. University of Mary Washington – 915 points
2. York College of Pennsylvania – 553 points
3. Salisbury University – 428 points
4. St.Mary's College of Maryland – 397 points
5. Marymount University – 384 points
6. Frostburg State University – 219 points
Women's Team Rankings (Through 36 events)
1. University of Mary Washington – 944 points
2. Marymount University – 492 points
3. St.Mary's College of Maryland – 469 points
4. Salisbury University – 433 points
5. York College of Pennsylvania – 371 points
6. Frostburg State University – 240 points
New school records established during 2015 CAC championships:
Event Athlete Record
50-Free Will Gough 21.09
100-Free Will Gough 45.96
200-Free Will Gough 1:43.07
100-Fly Okan Eyigor 51.49
200-Fly Daniel Keller 1:57.75
400-IM Conor Johnston 4:15.70
200 Medley Relay O. Eyigor 1:36.18
400 Medley Relay O. Eyigor 3:33.02
400 Free Relay O. Eyigor 3:09.21
Event Athlete Record
100 Free Bizu Baldinazzo 53.52
200 Free Victoria Radcliffe 1:55.36
1650 Free Nicki Schult 18:21.74
100 Fly Bizu Baldinazzo 1:00.21
200 IM Victoria Radcliffe 2:10.64
200 Medley Relay V. Radcliffe 1:53.42
400 Free Relay V. Radcliffe 3:41.68