SALISBURY, Md.- The Salisbury University men's and women's swim teams both opened up their Capital Athletic Conference schedule on Saturday afternoon and used a combined 13 first-place finishes to come away with victories against York College of Pennsylvania. The men took down the Spartans 113-92; while the women won 116-89.
The Gulls set the tone early for both squads as the men and women won the 400-meter medley relay in the opening events of the meet. For the women, Bizu Baldinazzo, Victoria Radcliffe, Layne Gable, and Nikky Marders combined for a 4:46.44 finish to score the 11 points as they led the heat the whole way.
The first two members for the Salisbury men to go where Okan Eyigor and Will Gough. When Eyigor and Gough finished up, and the Sea Gulls were slightly behind the Spartans top squad, Stephen Arcidiacono then got his turn with the butterfly and evened things up between the teams. Jake Blazer was the last to go for Salisbury. He got off the blocks almost simultaneously with the Spartan swimmer and closed it out for the Gulls, as he dominated his turn to pick up the win and caused Maggs Physical Activities Center to erupt in cheers.
Freshmen Peter Moyer collected his first-two career victories for the Gulls as he took home first place in both the 800-meter freestyle (9:11.63) and the 400-meter freestyle (4:20.83). Moyer was also a part of the 400-meter freestyle relay team that picked up first place. The other members of that team were Andrew Ward, Gough, and Blazer. The freshmen Ward started off the race with great pace and gave the Gulls a lead that they would never concede.
Eyigor and Gough each had one individual first-place finish. Eyigor won the 100-meter butterfly in 1:02.09. He was also able to pick up a second-place finish in the 100-meter backstroke. Gough won the 50-meter freestyle as he got a great jump off the blocks and led the entire race.
In the 200-meter individual medley, Conor Johnston was able to earn his first victory of the season. With 50 meters to go, Johnston trailed a York (Pa.) swimmer by a small margin but closed the gap at the last turn. Johnston exploded off the final wall and edged out the Spartan in the last freestyle leg to win by 0.81 seconds. Travis Maida came in third in the heat.
This marks the first time the men have defeated York (Pa.) since the 2001-02 season.
Baldinazzo and Radcliffe continued their impressive starts to the 2015-16 season as both picked up two first-place finishes on the day.
Radcliffe won the 200-meter IM by a half-pools' length, touching the wall at 2:32.96, as teammate Hannah Schlegel finished third. Then in the last individual race of the meet, Radcliffe once again left no doubt over who won, as she led the whole way en route to a victory in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:20.58).
Baldinazzo got her first victory in the 50-meter freestyle, clocking in at 28.91 seconds. The sophomore earned her second win, leading from start to finish, in the 100-meter freestyle (1:02.62).
Salisbury newcomer Madison Tinus earned her first victory in the maroon and gold in the 100-meter backstroke. Tinus was being edged out by a Spartan swimmer early in the race, but on the last leg, she gave it her all and triumphed with a victory by 0.20 seconds, finishing at 1:11.84.
Layne Gable also picked up her first win of the year as the Gulls dominated the 100-meter butterfly. Gable came in at 1:08.67, while Marders finished next for second place.
This marks the second straight season that the women's team has gotten the better of the Spartans, beating them 114.5-90.5 a season ago.
The Gulls return to action on Friday, November 6 when they travel to Penn State University–Altoona for a 5 p.m., start time. Salisbury will not return to Maggs PAC until January 9th, 2016 for a CAC tilt against the University of Mary Washington.