ALTOONA, Pa. – The Salisbury University swimming teams went on the road to take on Penn State University-Altoona and both came away with wins; as the men won 146.5-94.5 and the women won 142-82.
To start off the day in the 200-yard medley relay, the men's and women's teams came away with big victories. The women, in event number one swept the top-three places as their top team of Bizu Baldinazzo, Victoria Radcliffe, Layne Gable, and newcomer Eden Mallory came in 23 seconds before the Penn St.-Altoona top finishers, with a time of 2:00.22.
The men's relay team of Okan Eyigor, Will Gough, Stephen Arcidiacono, and Jake Blazertouched the wall at 1:42.36 for the first 11 points on the men's side. The men led the whole race en route to the victory.
The men were paced by Blazer who was able to collect two individual first-place finishes on the day. His first win came in the 200-yard freestyle. After the first pool's length, Blazer was even with the Lions' swimmer but in the final lengths progressively grew his lead for the win. Blazer also won the 100-yard freestyle as he edged out Gough by a fraction of a second, with a time of 49.92 seconds.
Freshmen Andrew Ward added to his early-season success as he also notched two victories for the Gulls. In the 50-yard freestyle - an event the Gulls swept with Ward, Conor Johnston, and Arcidiacono – Ward won by almost a full second in the short sprint. Ward got his second victory in the 100-yard backstroke. Teammate Kevin Drury was in first place at the turn, but Ward won out the final stretch and touched the wall at 1:00.50.
Freshmen Peter Moyer continued the success of the newcomers as he picked up another victory; finishing the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:06.48 as a part of another Sea Gull sweep.
Other Gulls to get first-place finishes included Jonathan Babula, as he tied for first in the 50-yard breaststroke in 31.79 seconds for his first win of the year, Colin Ault, winning the 1,000-yard freestyle in a time of 11:52.22, and Johnston as he capped off a great day winning the 500-yard freestyle in 5:24.36.
The women had a strong outing as they won all but five individual races. Mallory led the way as she picked up two victories on the evening. She finished the 50-yard freestyle in 27.04 seconds for her first win, and then just two events later won the 100-yard freestyle by a four-second margin, coming in at 59.43 seconds.
In the 100-yard butterfly, the Gulls had another sweep in a close race. Gable finished first in 1:02.80; while Baldinazzo touched less than a half-second later, and Baldinazzo was followed closely by Nikky Marders.
Lisk had an exceptionally strong showing in the 200-yard freestyle. A close race for the first two lengths, Lisk kept her fast opening pace throughout to win by seven seconds, with a time of 2:12.36.
The other members of the women's swimming team to collect first-place finishes were Claudia Guay as she had a commanding 22-second win in the 1,000-yard freestyle, in 12:15.08, and Hannah Schlegel, beating out teammate Maggie Deering by less than a second in the 50-yard backstroke, touching the wall at 30.75 seconds.
Both teams return to action tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, November 7 as they head to Frostburg State University for a Capital Athletic Conference matchup. The meet is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.