Men's and women's swimming climb in standings at CAC championships

Men's and women's swimming climb in standings at CAC championships

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's swimming teams climbed one spot each in the standings at the 2017 Capital Athletic Conference Swimming Championships on Saturday.

Two more school records fell on the second day of competition.


Senior Okan Eyigor led the way for the men, with a pair of top-four individual finishes and two more from the day's two relays.

Eyigor broke his own school record in the finals of the 100-yard butterfly, finishing with a time of 51.34 seconds. He was joined in the final by junior Stephen Arcidiacono, who placed seventh in 52.49 seconds.

Eyigor earned a second-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke. He was the second-fastest qualifier to the evening session and jumped out to an early half-length lead. He was tied for first at the 50-yard mark, and finished strong, in a time of 51.86 seconds.

Sophomore Andrew Ward also qualified for the final in the event, placing eighth in a time of 56.73 seconds.

Sophomore Peter Moyer, fresh off his CAC victory on Friday night, has another strong showing in a freestyle event, placing second in the 200-yard free, with a time of 1:43.05.

Junior Conor Johnston placed fifth in the 400-yard IM, finishing in 4:15.77, less than a tenth of a second off his school record. He was nearly two seconds faster in the finals than he was in Saturday morning's preliminary round, where he was the seventh-fastest qualifier to the final.

The Sea Gulls' other finalist on the men's side was freshman Tyler Maggio, who earned a seventh-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke, finishing in 1:01.07.

Salisbury's 200-yard medley relay team of Eyigor, Arcidiacono, Johnston, and senior Jake Blazer claimed a third-place finish, touching the wall in 1:35.60, less than half a second behind the second-place team from York College of Pennsylvania.

Ward, Maggio, Eyigor, and Moyer combined for a fourth-place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay, finishing in 7:18.75.

The men head to the final day of the championships sitting in third place, with 309 points.


Senior Victoria Radcliffe led the way for the women with a third-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle, qualifying as the fourth fastest, she moved up a spot with a 1:56.12 performance.

Fellow classmate Layne Gable was good for a seventh-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly final, posting a time of 1:00.46, while two Sea Gulls qualified for the final in the 100-yard backstroke. Junior Bizu Baldinazzo claimed seventh in a time of 1:01.92, and freshman Emma Tarnosky finished in 1:02.03 to place eighth.

The Salisbury relay teams each finished fifth on Saturday night. Tarnosky, Radcliffe, Gable, and Baldinazzo finished the 200-yard medley relay in 1:52.76. In the 800-yard freestyle relay, Tarnosky and Radcliffe joined with seniors Rachel Lisk and Claudia Guay to finish in 8:28.52.

The women currently hold 253 points for their fifth-place standing, but enter Sunday's final day of competition just a point and a half behind Marymount (Va.) University and 11 points away from third-place St. Mary's.

The final day of competition of the championships will begin with preliminary races at 10 a.m., followed by the finals at 4 p.m., on Sunday, February 19.

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