Day one of the CAC championships wrap up; men sit in third, women fifth

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. - The Salisbury University men's and women's swimming teams began competition in the Capital Athletic Conference championships on Friday, the first day of the three-day event. The Sea Gulls ended the day with the men sitting in third (117 points) and the women in fifth (67 points).

After Friday's preliminary heats in the morning, the evening's finals began with the 200-yard freestyle relays. The women's team of senior Sarah Ault, junior Julie Mstowski and freshmen Nikki Schult and Andria Moyer started the women's team off by finishing fifth with a time of 1:48.35.

Senior Eric Robichaud, junior Chris Franklin, sophomore Rich Ambrose and freshman Will Gough gave the Sea Gull men a jump start with a third-place finish in the event (1:28.02).

Schult finished in the highest individual place for the women in the 200-yard individual medley, coming in 10th (2:18.34).

In the next event, Moyer placed 15th for the women in the 50-yard freestyle with at time of 26.72, to finish out the individual races for the day.

The men's team had three different swimmers place in the top 10 in individual events.

Senior Paul Zoli placed seventh in the 200-yard individual medley (2:00.59). Zoli's effort was followed by Franklin (21.90 seconds) and Will Gough (21.97), who finished seventh and eighth in the 50-yard freestyle.

Junior James Gough chipped in with a 12th-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle (5:02.67).

The Sea Gulls will look to build on their start to the weekend, as the CAC championships continue on Saturday with the preliminary races starting at 10 a.m., and the finals of 14 events starting at 6 p.m.

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