Five seniors honored in final home meet; Gulls fall to McDaniel
SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men and women's swimming teams fell to McDaniel College in the first meet of the new year Sunday afternoon, as the men finished with a score of 133-129 and the women, 148-109.
The men's squad recorded four top finishes for the meet led by seniors Will Gough and Chris Franklin and freshman Okan Eyigor with their first-place victories in the 50-meter breaststroke, 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke, respectively.
Gough recorded a time of 34.59 for nine points in his top finish to total 16 points for the meet in his three individual races. Eyigor finished with a time of 1:01.72 for nine points in his first-place triumph, recording 13 points in two individual races. Franklin swam for a time of 25.21 for nine points to total 13 points in his two individual contests.
The Gulls added their fourth victory in the final race of the meet, claiming the top three spots in the 200-meter freestyle relay. Eyigor, Gough, Franklin, and junior Rich Ambrose recorded the 11-point win in the race, after pulling an early lead and never looking back.
The women's squad recorded two top finishes for the meet, both by freshman Victoria Radcliffe. The Ellicott City, Md., native recorded gold medals in the 200-meter freestyle (2:14.99) and the 100-meter breaststroke (1:22.30). Radcliffe fell just one second short of another top finish, as she placed third in the 50-meter breaststroke with a time of 38.01. For the meet, the freshman totaled 21 points in three individual races.
In a tight finish to the 50-meter backstroke, freshman Maggie Deering and junior Melissa Alessandrini claimed third and fourth place with times of 35.72 and 35.76, respectively, while the first-place contender recorded a time of 35.11.
Freshmen Layne Gable and Claudia Guay added seven more points for the Sea Gulls after grabbing a second- and third-place finish, respectively, in the 100-meter butterfly. Gable fell one second short of a gold medal with a time of 1:13.97, while Guay came in close behind with a time of 1:15.57.
Prior to the start of Sunday's meet five swimmers were recognized in the final home contest of the season. Seniors Darryl Baxter, Mike Bengtson, Franklin, Gough, and Chip Helferstay all were acknowledged for outstanding efforts through their careers with Salisbury.
Both teams head to conference-foe University of Mary Washington on Saturday, January 11, to take on the Eagles. The meet is set to begin at 1 p.m.