SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's swimming teams defeated Frostburg State University in their home opener on Sunday afternoon at the Maggs Physical Activities Center. The meet marks not only the first win of the season but also the first Capital Athletic Conference victory for the Sea Gulls.
Salisbury started the meet off strong winning both the women's (1-0, 1-0 CAC) and men's (1-0, 1-0 CAC) 200-meter medley relay. The women's team consisted of freshmen Taylor Merget and Nikki Brandemarte along with seniors Kelly Closs and Karen Hessler, who completed the relay in a time of 2:16.92. The men's 200-meter medley relay team, comprised of sophomores James Gough and Chris Saul along with freshman Daniel Keller and senior Jason Preston, finished with a first-place time of 1:59.56.
Salisbury saw 11 different Sea Gulls win individual races during the meet.
The men saw five different swimmers claim the top spot in the 800-meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle, 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle, and the 100-meter backstroke. Newcomer freshmen Eric Gillies finished nearly four seconds ahead of his competition in the 800-meter freestyle, finishing with a time of 9:55.53. Senior Joe Wisda (25.82) took home first place in the 50-meter freestyle edging out sophomore Chris Franklin by one-tenth of a second. Franklin then swam the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 59.16 seconds. Preston (2:14.10) finished the 100-meter freestyle with a six-second lead over second-place finisher senior Jon Wallender (2:20.12). Gough won the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 1:05.52.
On the women's side six different Sea Gulls won their respective races. Brandemarte and Merget, earned their first individual wins as a Sea Gull. Brandemarte (2:43.89) won the 200-meter IM while Merget (2:22.89) claimed the top spot in the 200-meter freestyle. Senior Robin Stone captured the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 1:12.41 while junior Sarah Ault flew to a 100-meter butterfly victory in a time of 1:11.55. Senior Jenna Petrella rounds out the women's top finishers taking home the 50-meter freestyle in 29.92 seconds. Petrella (1:06.87) finished second in the 100-meter freestyle as the Bobcats' (0-1, 0-1 CAC) Sam Mulvey (1:05.87) claimed the victory two-tenths of a second ahead of Petrella.
Salisbury's next meet will be at Rowan University on Tuesday, Oct. 25. The meet is scheduled for 6 p.m.