Sea Gulls break five new records on final day of CAC championships

Sea Gulls break five new records on final day of CAC championships

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's swimming teams finished off day three of the 2017 Capital Athletic Conference Swimming Championships on Sunday afternoon hosted by St. Mary's College of Md.

Men

On the men's side, during the preliminaries junior Conor Johnston got the Gulls started by setting a new school record in the 100-yard IM, recording a time of 54.56 seconds, qualifying in fifth place, while senior Jake Blazer qualified eighth, recording a time of 55.97 seconds. Blazer went on to finish his morning session as he qualified seventh in the 100-yard freestyle, posting a time of 48.13 seconds.

Senior Okan Eyigor qualified fourth in the 200-yard backstroke, notching a time of 1:57.29 and securing himself a spot in the finals. 

Sophomore Peter Moyer continued his success into the afternoon on the final day as he set a new school record in the 1,650-yard freestyle, touching the wall at 16:16.60 and earning a second-place finish. The second-place finish could earn Moyer a trip to the NCAA Championships, as it was a "B" qualifying time.

After a successful morning, Johnston returned in the 100-yard IM finals and beat his previous morning time, recording a new school of 54.46 seconds and a sixth-place finish. Blazer followed suit, posting a time of 55.91 seconds, good for seventh place. 

Eyigor gave a strong showing in the 200-yard freestyle, earning a second-place finish and notching a time of 1:54.55.

During the 100-yard freestyle, Blazer touched the wall at 48.08 seconds, good for a sixth-place finish.

Moyer, Eyigor, Johnston, and Blazer ended the weekend on a high note as they recorded a second-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay, notching a time of 3:09.98.

The men's squad finished in third place with 489 points, 146 points behind second place York College of Pennsylvania.

Women

On the women's side, during the morning preliminaries senior Victoria Radcliffe started the Sea Gulls on a high note as she also broke the school record in the 100-yard IM qualifying second and posting a time of 1:01.18. Classmate Claudia Guay qualified seventh just five seconds behind Radcliffe, touching the wall at1:06.27.

Senior Layne Gable finished her last preliminary session of the morning as she set a school record in the 200-yard butterfly, touching the wall at 2:15.18, good for fourth place and a spot in the finals. 

Radcliffe continued her success in the finals on the last day of championships as she recorded a second-place finish in the 100-yard IM, posting a time of 1:01.31.

In the 200-yard butterfly finals, Gable touched the wall at 2:17.69, earning herself a sixth-place finish before heading in the final event of the weekend. Gable ended her Salisbury career alongside classmate Radcliffe, junior Bizu Baldinazzo and freshman Emma Tarnosky in the 400-yard freestyle relay as they broke another school record, posting a time of 3:40.75 and a third-place finish on the afternoon. 

The women finished in fifth place with 394 points at the championship, just two points shy of the championship hosts.

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