SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's swimming teams won their second meet in a row on Saturday, for the first time since the 2011-12 season, defeating Penn State University-Altoona at the Maggs Physical Activities Center. The men marked a 193-61 win, while the women prevailed 182-76.
The men's squad got off to a slow start, falling to the Lions in the 200-meter medley relay, but finished strong, winning 11 out of the last 13 races of the meet.
Sophomore Kevin Mejia got the men their first win of the afternoon, swimming to a victory in the 800-meter freestyle in a time of 9:29.51. Mejia led the whole way in the race.
The 200-meter freestyle was an exciting event that saw sophomore Okan Eyigor and junior Mallen Figueroa in a neck and neck race before Eyigor would finally pull away on the second to last lap to notch first place in a time of 2:11.34. Figueroa finished right behind Eyigor in second, with a time of 2:13.48.
The 50-meter backstroke proved to be another close race. Junior Jeremy Powell led the whole way to notch the win in a time of 30.58 seconds, but touched the wall just .4 seconds before the swimmer in lane five for a thrilling finish.
Freshman Vincent Carraccio notched first place in a neck and neck battle in the 50-meter breaststroke, finishing in a time of 35.03 seconds. Sophomore Kevin Drury finished right behind Carraccio to take second in a time of 36.25 seconds.
Eyigor capped his second victory of the meet in the 100-meter butterfly, coming out of the gate strong and pulling away on the second lap, recording a time of 1:02.30.
In the 100-meter freestyle, junior Will Gough pulled away on the last lap to guarantee a win, touching the wall at 54.87 seconds. Junior Jake Blazer was not far behind, tallying a second-place finish in a time of 56.31 seconds.
Eyigor's third win of the day came in the 100-meter backstroke, leading the whole race and recording a time of 1:03.64.
Gough captured another win in 100-meter breaststroke, edging out Carraccio by just a quarter of a second, recording a time of 1:14.64. Carracio notched a time of 1:14.89, finishing in a close second.
In the 400-meter freestyle, senior Eric Gillies led the entire race, finishing first in a time of 4:51.13.
The men ended the day with a win in the 200-meter freestyle relay. Freshmen Stephen Arcidiacono and Conor Johnston, along with Gough and Blazer, earned the victory for the Sea Gulls, finishing in a time of 1:43.61.
The women's team started off its dominant performance with a victory in the 200-meter medley relay. A team of sophomores, Maggie Deering, Victoria Radcliffe, Layne Gable and Claudia Guay earned the close win in a race that saw them side by side with lane three until the last lap, recording a final time of 2:16.64.
Guay did not stop there, capturing another win in the 800-meter freestyle, leading the whole way to finish in a time of 10:51.59.
In the 200-meter freestyle, freshman Bizu Baldinazzo tallied a first-place finish, coming out fast and holding the lead for the entire race to notch a time of 2:20.81.
Deering earned another win, this time individually in the 50-meter backstroke. She raced out to a quick start and led the whole way, finishing in a time of 35.68 seconds.
Baldinazzo grabbed her second win of the afternoon in a close race in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 29.53 seconds. Sophomore Nicole Marders was right behind Baldinazzo for second in a time of 30.04 seconds, while freshman Kelsey Wumer touched the wall at 30.44 seconds for third place.
In the 100-meter backstroke, Deering won her third race of the meet, recording a time of 1:15.55 in a close event.
Radcliffe earned another victory, in the 100-meter breaststroke, pulling away on the last lap and finishing with a time of 1:22.19.
Senior Melissa Alessandrini captured a win in the 400-meter freestyle, finishing way ahead of the rest of the pack to notch a time of 5:04.66.
In the 200-meter individual medley, Gable earned another win, finishing less than a second before Wumer to finish in a time of 2:43.39. Gable came out strong in the race, but lost the lead to Wumer during the breaststroke section, before regaining the lead on the final lap during the freestyle portion of the event.
The women capped off the meet with a win in the 200-meter freestyle relay, with Baldinazzo, Alessandrini, Marders and Radcliffe collecting the win in a time of 2:02.29.
The men's and women's swimming teams will be back in action on Friday and Saturday when they will compete at the Swarthmore Invitational. The meet starts at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, and then on Saturday, SU will swim, beginning at 9:30 a.m.