CHESTERTOWN, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's swimming teams both recorded narrow losses to Washington (Md.) College on Wednesday evening. The Sea Gulls kept the heats close, ending the night with four individual race winners and finishing in the top three of every race. The final scores for the men's and women's team were 126-79 and 117-88, respectively.
The men's team (1-2) saw its first win of the night in the 1,000-yard freestyle as freshman Eric Gillies touched the wall first with a time of 11:04.90. The Howell, N.J., native would also finish third in the 500-yard freestyle (5:22.23). Freshman Philip Kuldell finished second in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 11:07.98 as the Gulls collected 14 of a possible 19 points in the race. Kuldell would then finish second in the 500-yard freestyle (5:21.55). In the 50-yard freestyle, sophomore Chris Franklin beat out Washington's James Ray by .27 of a second to claim first with a time of 22.32 seconds. Salisbury would then see six second-place finishes throughout the night ending with the 200-yard freestyle relay that came down to a difference of less than a half second. Kuldell, Gillies, freshman Daniel Keller and sophomore Darryl Baxter finished less than a half second behind the Shoreman to collect a second-place finish.
The women's team (1-2) saw two individual winners and seven second-place finishers throughout the night. Junior Sarah Ault earned the win in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:03.12. The maroon and gold dominated the event taking the top three spots and 16 out of 19 points. Freshman Nikki Brandemarte took second in the 100-yard butterfly (1:04.24) while senior Karen Hessler finished third in 1:07.26. Ault also recorded a second-place finish in the 200-yard IM (2:26.63). Salisbury claimed first and second-place in the 100-yard breaststroke with times of 1:11.96 and 1:16.65. Sophomore Danielle Dunn was the top finisher in the 100-yard breaststroke and hit the wall shortly after her competition in the 50-yard freestyle (26.01) and the 100-yard freestyle (57.79), claiming second in both events.
The Sea Gulls will continue on the road as they head to Catholic University of America on Saturday, Nov. 12. The meet is set for 1 p.m.