Sea Gulls break three school records in first day of CAC Swimming Championships

Sea Gulls break three school records in first day of CAC Swimming Championships

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's swimming teams concluded day one of the Capital Athletic Conference Swimming Championships, breaking three school records and recording six top-five finishes.

Junior Will Gough qualified for the 50-yard freestyle finals this morning when he took third in the preliminaries in a time of 21.32 seconds, which tied his own school record that he set last year in the CAC Championships. In the finals, Gough captured second place and cut his time to 21.09 seconds, breaking the school record.  

In the same event, junior Jake Blazer swam to a 10th-place finish in a time of 21.92 seconds, cutting his preliminary time by .2 seconds.

Sophomore Victoria Radcliffe qualified for the final in the 200-yard individual medley when she placed fifth in the event during the preliminaries in a time of 2:13.20. Radcliffe would improve her time in the finals, placing fourth and smashing the school record she set last season by over two seconds with a time of 2:10.64.

Sophomore Layne Gable took seventh in the 200-yard individual medley finals, which was good for a time of 2:17.94, while sophomore Nicole Marders marked a 2:17.01 time and a ninth place.

The third school record of the night came in the men's 400-yard medley relay. A team of senior Daniel Keller, sophomore Okan Eyigor, Gough, and Blazer crushed the 3:37.72 record set last season with a final time of 3:33.02. The foursome took fourth in the event.

For the women in the 400-yard medley relay, freshman Bizu Baldinazzo, junior Nicki Schult, Radcliffe, and Marders grabbed fourth in a time of 4:10.40, just missing another school record.

In the men's 200-yard freestyle relay, a group of senior Rich Ambrose, sophomore Scott Schirmer, Gough, and Blazer swam to a third-place finish and notched a time of 1:27.25.

The women grabbed a fifth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay, as junior Andria Moyer, Radcliffe, Baldinazzo, and Gable finished with a time of 1:42.99.

In the preliminaries for the women's 500-yard freestyle, Schult and sophomore Claudia Guayqualified for the finals with Schult posting a time of 5:33.15, qualifying 11th, while Guay recorded a time of 5:38.00 qualifying in 16th place. In the finals for the event, Schult finished in 5:20.98, just under 13 seconds faster than her preliminary time for a ninth-place finish. Guay also improved her time in the finals, taking 15th place with a time of 5:32.86.

Three gulls finished in the top-16 in the men's 200-yard individual medley. Freshman Conor Johnston took 11th in a time of 2:00.21 and sophomore Travis Maida recorded a time of 2:03.28 for 15th. Junior Sean DiFatta finished right behind Maida in the 16th spot, finishing with a time of 2:03.96.

Salisbury's efforts for the day have the women sitting in fourth place, with 112 points, and the men in fifth, with 95 points, heading into the second day of the CAC Swimming Championships on Saturday, February 21, with the preliminaries beginning at 10 a.m., and the finals starting at 6 p.m.

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