SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's swimming teams fell to St. Mary's College of Maryland on Saturday in their final home meet of the season, with the men losing 132-130 and the women being defeated 143-118.
The men's squad started off the meet strong, notching a victory in the 400-meter medley relay. A team of sophomore Okan Eyigor, juniors Will Gough and Jake Blazer and senior Daniel Kellertook the top spot in a time of 4:09.41, leading the race the entire way.
In the 50-meter freestyle, Gough took first again, touching the wall at 24.04 seconds. Gough's final win of the day, with the help of senior Rich Ambrose, sophomore Scott Schirmer and Blazer, came in the 400-meter freestyle relay, as the team finished in a time of 3:48.02.
Keller also notched three wins on the day, with his second win coming in the 200-meter butterfly (2:15.97) and his third victory of the afternoon in the 100-meter butterfly (1:00.02).
Along with Gough and Keller, Blazer was victorious three times during the meet as well, with his third win coming in the 100-meter freestyle in a time of 55.90 seconds. Blazer jumped off the block quickly in the event and led the entire race.
In the 200-meter backstroke, Eyigor shot off the wall fast and never looked back, taking the victory and swimming to a time 2:13.61 in a race that he led the whole way. Eyigor also took second in the 200-meter freestyle, finishing in a time of 2:08.20.
Junior Sean DiFatta finished a close second in the 100-meter backstroke, touching the wall at 1:08.84, just under a second behind first place, while sophomore Kevin Drury took second in the 100-meter breaststroke in a time of 1:16.87.
The women's team also had a successful afternoon, notching four wins during the meet.
Freshman Bizu Baldinazzo took two of those victories, winning the 200-meter freestyle in a time of 2:15.72 and the 100-meter freestyle, touching the wall at 1:02.10. Baldinazzo led the whole time in both events. Sophomore Victoria Radcliffe was right behind her in the 100-meter freestyle, taking second in a time of 1:03.47 after battling back and forth with St. Mary's Zoe McIlmail for the spot.
Radcliffe also placed first in the 200-meter individual medley, taking the lead on the final lap to finish in a time of 2:32.00, which was half a second ahead of second place. In the 100-meter breaststroke, Radcliffe recorded another second-place finish, which was good for a time of 1:21.11.
Sophomore Maggie Deering took first in a back-and-forth race in the 200-meter backstroke, edging ahead for the victory with a time of 2:39.10. Deering also had a second-place finish in the 100-meter backstroke in a time of 1:15.21.
In the 50-meter freestyle, sophomore Nicole Marders notched second place in a time of 30.01 seconds after touching the wall less than a second behind the winner. Marders also took second in the 100-meter butterfly, swimming side by side with the Seahawks' Cara Machlin before touching the wall .44 seconds after Machlin for a time of 1:09.78.
Junior Nicki Schult captured a second-place finish in the 400-meter freestyle in another close race, finishing in a time of 4:52.51, less than a second slower than first place.
A team of sophomore Layne Gable, Baldinazzo, Radcliffe and Schult notched a second-place finish in the 400-meter medley relay in a time of 4:51.67.
Gable and Schult also helped the Sea Gulls take second in the 400-meter freestyle relay, along with junior Andria Moyer and Marders, recording a time 4:29.41 finish.
In the 200-meter butterfly, Gable took second again, finishing the race in a time of 2:41.76.
Salisbury will not have a meet for three weeks, until they travel to St. Mary's to compete in the CAC Championships on February 20-22.