Sea Gulls record four first-place finishes; fall to Rowan in season opener

Sea Gulls record four first-place finishes; fall to Rowan in season opener

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's swimming teams took on Rowan University in their season opener on Tuesday evening at Maggs Physical Activities Center, as the men lost 157-48, and the women fell in a close one, 109-96.

Men

Sophomore Okan Eyigor marked a second-place finish in the 200-meter backstroke in what was a close race throughout, finishing less than two seconds behind the winner in a time of 2:18.32. Eyigor also finished third in the 200-meter freestyle in another close one, finishing less than two seconds behind first with a 2:06.02 mark. Eyigor also helped his team receive third in the 400-meter medley relay, along with freshman Vincent Carraccio, sophomore Kevin Mejia and junior Will Gough, marking a final time of 4:18.86.

Junior Jake Blazer had two second-place finishes on the night, one in the 50-meter freestyle, notching a time of 25.23 in a close race, and the other in the 100-meter freestyle, recording a time of 55.84.

The men achieved another second-place finish in the 400-meter freestyle relay with senior Rich Ambrose, sophomore Scott Schirmer, Gough, and Blazer competing in the event and recording a time of 3:46.74.

Women

Sophomore Victoria Radcliffe tallied two first-place finishes on the evening, one in the 200-meter freestyle, leading the last two laps and recording a final time of 2:14.46. Radcliffe recorded her second first-place finish in the 400-meter freestyle relay, alongside her teammates junior Nicki Schult, senior Melissa Alessandrini and freshman Bizu Baldinazzo, notching a final time 4:20.62.

Baldinazzo also finished first place in the 100-meter freestyle event, recording a time of 1:02.97 in what was a close race the whole way.

Sophomore Layne Gable rounded out the first-place finishes for the Sea Gulls on the night, taking first in the 200-meter butterfly and leading the whole way for a time 2:39.96. In the same event, sophomore Nicole Marders edged out Polina Dineva of Rowan to finish second in a come from behind effort in a time of 2:45.06.

In the 200-meter individual medley, sophomore Claudia Guay earned a second-place finish with a time of 2:46.82, and right behind her was junior Kathryn Adams, who took third with a time of 2:47.78.

The Sea Gulls travel to take on Catholic University of America on Saturday in more non-conference action. The meet is set to begin at 1 p.m.

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