Sea Gull women place third, men fourth at CAC Championships; best finish for women since 2002

Sea Gull women place third, men fourth at CAC Championships; best finish for women since 2002

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's swim teams showed that Sea Gulls can swim just as well as they can fly, turning in even more solid performances in the third and final day of the Capital Athletic Conference Championships on Sunday. The men's squad finished fourth while the women's team took home third place, marking the best team finish for the women since the 2001-02 season.

The maroon and gold's relay teams continued to impress; the 400-yard freestyle relay comprised of juniors Robin Stone, Jenna Petrella and Amanda Garcia, along with freshman Danielle Dunn, registered a third-place time of 3:46.96. Each of them also earned a top-10 individual finish on Sunday, contributing to Salisbury's three-day total of 386 points, and the final standings were proof that every point matters as the Sea Gulls edged out fourth-place Marymount (Va.) University by just 14 points. Additionally, the foursome's performance in the relay earned them All-CAC honors.

The men's 400-yard freestyle relay team (juniors Joe Wisda and Steve Eyler, along with sophomores Paul Zoli and Drew Robichaud) also earned a podium finish and All-CAC honors, touching the wall in 3:15.57 for third place. The Sea Gulls' top individual finish of the day came from freshman James Gough, in the 200-yard backstroke. Gough's time of 1:59.39 was a mere five-hundredths of a second shy of fourth place.

In addition to the relays above, several Sea Gulls earned All-CAC honors for their performances throughout the three-day event: the men's 200-yard freestyle relay (Wisda, Eyler, junior Jason Preston and freshman Chris Franklin), the women's 400-yard medley relay (Stone, Petrella, Dunn and sophomore Sarah Ault), and the women's 200-yard medley relay (Stone, Ault, Dunn and junior Kelly Closs). Dunn also earned individual all-conference honors, earning Salisbury's top performance of the meet with her second-place 100-yard breaststroke time of 1:08.20 on Saturday.

The Sea Gull men finish their season with an overall record of 5-5 (3-3 CAC), while the women end 2011 with a record of 4-6 (3-3 CAC). 

Women – Team Rankings (through 18 events)

  1. University of Mary Washington – 982 points
  2. St. Mary's (Md.) College – 628 points
  3. Salisbury University – 386 points
  4. Marymount (Va.) University – 372 points
  5. York (Pa.) College – 334 points
  6. Hood College – 183 points
  7. Frostburg State University – 151 points

Men – Team Rankings (through 18 events)

  1. University of Mary Washington – 1013 points
  2. York (Pa.) College – 553.5 points
  3. St. Mary's (Md.) College – 499 points
  4. Salisbury University – 430.5 points
  5. Marymount (Va.) University – 284 points
  6. Frostburg State University – 156 points
  7. Hood College – 148 points

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