Gulls second and fourth after first-day action in Golden Bear Invitational

Gulls second and fourth after first-day action in Golden Bear Invitational

KUTZTOWN, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's and women's swimming teams kicked off the Golden Bear Invitational Friday night, as the women are placed fourth heading into the final day and the men are sitting second.

Men

The men's squad totaled 211 points for the first day, sitting behind Montclair State University who has 311. SU started the day off in the 200-yard freestyle relay claiming a top finish with a time of 1:30.06 to claim 32 points.

Later in the meet, four Sea Gulls tallied the top four spots in the 50-yard freestyle totaling 52 points for the race. Sophomore Will Gough led the pack with a time of 22.40 followed by senior Chris Franklin (22.80), junior Rich Ambrose (23.13), and freshman Scott Schirmer 23.16).

In the final race of the day, the men added a second-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay, falling just four seconds short of a gold medal with a race time of 3:48.85.

Women

The women's squad sits fourth in the standings heading into the final day with 76 points, while East Stroudsburg University places on the top with 198 points.

Freshman Victoria Radcliffe, sophomore Nicki Schult and junior Melissa Alessandrini started off the Gulls in the individual events, finishing third, seventh, and 12th, respectively, in a field of 26 racers for the 500-yard freestyle. Radcliffe finished with a time of 5:20.78 for 12 points, while Schult added seven points on her time of 5:37.99 and Alessandrini tallied one point with a time of 5:46.89.

In the final race of the day for the women, Salisbury grabbed a fifth-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 4:30.98 to claim 20 points.

The Sea Gulls head into the final day of the Golden Bear Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 16, with a start time of 10 a.m., at Keystone Pool.

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