SWARTHMORE, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's and women's swimming teams finished off the two-day Swarthmore Invitational with second-place finishes as the men had 856.5 points, compared to Swarthmore University's 1,103 points in first place, and the women had 847 points to the women's team of Swarthmore, who won with 936 points. The Gulls had a strong showing throughout the weekend and held on strong to the second place spot they earned after day one as no team on either side came within 300 points of taking the Sea Gulls' spot.
On day two, the men had six top-two finishes to hold onto second place. Freshman Peter Moyer and junior Okan Eyigor led the way for the Gulls as Moyer picked up two victories and Eyigor came in second on two occasions.
In the 200-yard freestyle, Moyer's first leg was tied for the fastest time, but on the second leg the freshman gained two seconds on the pack and eventually added to the lead for a three-second victory at 1:46.50. In the 1,650-yard freestyle, Moyer left no doubt over whom the victor was as he touched the wall in 17:01.04, 42 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.
Eyigor grabbed his first second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly, coming in at 53.93 seconds for 17 points. Teammate Stephen Arcidiacono came in just behind Eyigor for a third-place finish at 54.14 seconds. In the 100-yard backstroke, Eyigor nabbed second with a 53.79-second race.
Will Gough also had a good day for the Gulls as he came in third in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.65) and second in the 100-yard freestyle (48.88 seconds), a race teammate Jake Blazer finished fourth in 49.28 seconds.
The women got things going early in day two in the first event -- the 400-yard individual medley -- as the Gulls saw a school record fall and four swimmers come in the top five. Nicki Schult came in fifth (5:04.92), Layne Gable was fourth at 5:01.07, Claudia Guay came in third with a time of 4:59.79, and shattering a nine-year-old school record at 4:41.01 in first place was Victoria Radcliffe. The previous record was set at 4:49.78 in 2006 by Laura Allen. The record is Radcliffe's fourth individual record in the SU swimming record book.
Gable would pick up a second victory for Salisbury in the 200-yard butterfly as she ended the race in 2:20.18.
Bizu Baldinazzo had two second-place finishes on the day as she completed the 100-yard butterfly in 1:02.29 and the 100-yard freestyle in 56.26 seconds; combining for 34 points in those races alone.
Schult added another top-five finish when she completed the last individual event of the day, the 1,650-yard freestyle in 18:58.60. Schult was only 0.34 seconds off the leading time.
Both teams will be back in action on Saturday, December 5 when they travel to Widener University for a 1 p.m., race.