SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University swimming teams hosted the University of Mary Washington in their first meet in over a month and both squads fell to the Eagles. The men lost by a 168-75 final, while the women went down 198-63. The meet was Salisbury's senior day, as its eight seniors were recognized prior to the meet.
The men received a huge day from Okan Eyigor as the junior picked up two first-place finishes and a second place finish. Eygior's victories came in the 100-meter backstroke (1:00.12) and the 200-meter individual medley (2:21.01), where Eygior was neck-and-neck with Mary Washington's Anthony Stephens throughout but pulled away in the last leg for the victory. Eyigor's second-place finish was in the 200-yard backstroke where he finished in 2:21.08
Also having a strong day was senior Will Gough, who won the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 24.66 seconds. Gough also finished third in the 100-meter freestyle (55.64 seconds), a race that Jake Blazer was victorious in, touching the wall in 54.61 seconds.
Freshman Peter Moyer had a solid showing as he finished second in the 200-meter freestyle (2:04.06), and was a part of the 200-meter freestyle relay squad that finished second with a time of 1:41.86. The other members of that relay were Blazer, Stephen Arcidiacono, and Andrew Ward.
The women had solid contributions across the board as eight members of the team put up points for the Gulls.
Layne Gable had a pair of second-place finishes in the butterfly as she finished the 200-meter butterfly in 2:42.42 and the 100-yard butterfly in 1:10.23. In the 200-meter butterfly, teammate Nikky Marders would finish third (2:43.43), while in the 100-meter butterfly Gable once again had company in the top-three as Bizu Baldinazzo finished third with a time of 1:12.59. Baldinazzo would also add a third-place finish in the 100-meter freestyle (1:03.54).
The most consistent finisher of the bunch was Victoria Radcliffe, who finished second in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:20.86), then added a pair of third-place finishes in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:56.42) and the 200-meter individual medley (2:38.46).
Also placing for the Gulls was Hannah Schlegel in the 100-meter backstroke (third, 1:13.01), Nicki Schult in the 400-meter freestyle (third, 5:01.68), Madison Tinus in the 50-meter freestyle (third, 29.45 seconds), and Kathryn Adams in the 200-meter backstroke (third, 2:43.42).
The Sea Gulls will return to action on Thursday, January 14 when they play host to Marymount (Va.) University. The final home meet of the year is set to begin at 5:30 p.m.