WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Salisbury University men's and women's swimming teams met up with one of their most heated rivals on Saturday afternoon, competing against the Catholic University of America. The Gulls came close but could not overcome the Cardinals as the men and women fell, 136-126 and 155-107, respectively.
The men's team (1-3) had its best showing of the 2011-12 season thus far, with five individual race winners, falling only 10 points to the Cardinals.
Freshman Robert Leszczynski led the Sea Gulls with one individual win in the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.16) and two individual second-place finishes in the 200-yard IM and 200-yard breaststroke with times of 2:09.68 and 2:29.73, respectively.
Salisbury saw two other individual race winners in juniors Eric Robichaud and Paul Zoli. Robichaud won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:11.29 while Zoli went the distance in the 500-yard freestyle (5:14.18) edging out Catholic's Justin Kenyon by eight tenths of a second.
The men then finished with a 3:26.41 first-place time in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
The women's team (1-3) started the contest off strong with a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:58.88. The relay was led by senior Robin Stone and anchored by senior Jenna Petrella while sophomore Danielle Dunn and senior Sarah Ault swam the second and third legs of the race.
The Sea Gulls saw nine individual second-place finishes from six different swimmers and two individual first-place finishes.
Dunn finished the meet with two first-place finishes in the 100-yard (1:12.33) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:42.08).
Salisbury will head to Kutztown, Pa., on Friday, Nov. 18, to compete in a two-day invitational. The Golden Bear Invitational will begin on Friday at 5:30 p.m.