Eyigor claims gold; Gulls break 11 records in CAC Swimming Championships

Eyigor claims gold; Gulls break 11 records in CAC Swimming Championships

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Salisbury University men and women's swimming teams concluded another year with great performances at the Capital Athletic Conference Swimming Championships, as the Sea Gulls broke 11 school records and claimed the first individual top finish since 2009. 

The stage would be set for an interesting final session during the preliminaries Sunday morning, as freshman Okan Eyigor qualified atop the pack in the 200-yard backstroke (1:53.45). The Istanbul, Turkey native capped off his qualifying effort with an even more impressive performance in the final, claiming the first gold medal for the Sea Gulls since 2009, when Mike Ferrari took first in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, and breaking a program record set in 1998 by Chris Bembenek with a new time of 1:52.87. Eyigor broke three individual school records throughout the championship, his other two came in the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard butterfly. 

Senior James Gough raced alongside Eyigor in the 200 back, finishing in sixth with a time of 1:58.26. Gough concludes his final CAC Championship breaking an individual school record in the 500-yard freestyle. 

Sophomore Will Gough broke his second individual program record in three days on Sunday morning in the 100-yard freestyle, qualifying second with a time of 47.08. Will Gough would go on to shatter his new record in the final, racing for a silver medal with a time of 46.50. The sophomore fell just .40 of a second short of a top finish. 

Freshman Travis Maida qualified eighth in the 200-yard butterfly during the preliminaries Sunday morning. In the final, Maida improved to seventh place with a time of 2:07.55. 

In the 200-yard butterfly for the women, freshman Layne Gable (2:19.09) and sophomore Nicki Schult (2:29.10) raced to sixth- and eighth-place finishes. Schult also took sixth in the 1,650-yard freestyle to start off the final session, swimming to a time of 18:37.58. 

Freshman Victoria Radcliffe concluded her first championship appearance breaking two school records. Her first was on Friday night in the 200-yard IM and the second Sunday night in the 200-yard breaststroke. Radcliffe qualified seventh in the 200 breast Sunday morning. In the final, the freshman would improve to sixth and break the school record with a time of 2:29.32. Laura Allen set the previous record in 2004 with a time of 2:31.29. 

The men's squad broke the final three records in the 200- and 800-yard freestyle relay with times of 1:26.36 and 7:09.07, respectively, and the 400-yard medley relay (3:37.72). 

The final standings of the championships placed the men in fourth with 407.5 points and the women in fifth with 322. The University of Mary Washington claimed first in both men and women.

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