Sea Gulls hold spots in final day of Golden Bear Invitational

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - The Salisbury University men's and women's swimming teams held their positions from day one in the Golden Bear Invitational at Kutztown University by finishing second and fourth, respectively, in the meet after the final day of action.

Both teams got off to strong starts as the women's team of senior Sarah Ault, junior Julie Mstowski, and sophomores Brittany Steele and Taylor Merget finished the 200-yard medley in fifth place (2:03.71).

Senior Eric Robichaud and sophomores Rich Ambrose, Daniel Keller and Philip Kuldell came in fourth for the Sea Gull men's team in the 200-yard medley relay (1:51.60).

Merget and freshman Nikki Schult paced the Salisbury women on the day in the individual events. Merget placed third in the 100-yard backstroke (1:06.69), while Schult gave the Gulls their highest finish of the meet by placing second in the 400-yard individual medley (5:01.44).

The Sea Gull men were led by junior James Gough, with one first-place finish and two second-place finishes on the day. 

Gough placed first in the 100-yard backstroke, his first event of the day, with a time of 56.60. He followed that effort by finishing second in the 1,650-yard freestyle (18:29.02) and the 200-yard backstroke (2:03.85).

Senior Paul Zoli and Keller both gave Salisbury second-place finishes, as well, with Zoli finishing the 200-yard freestyle in 1:52.36 and the 100-yard freestyle in 50.64. Keller placed second in the 400-yard individual medley (4:49.69).

Salisbury finished with the men tallying 589 points, while the women registered 264. East Stroundsburg University won the women's meet, with 631 points, and Montclair State University won the men's meet, with 626 points.

The Sea Gulls will travel to York (Pa.) College for a tri-meet against the Spartans and Goucher College on Friday, Nov. 30 at 6 p.m.

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