SALISBURY, Md. – For the next three days, the Salisbury University men's and women's swimming teams will be competing in the Capital Athletic Conference Championships held at St. Mary's College of Maryland, which will start tomorrow morning.
The action will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday, starting with trials, and ending with finals at 6 p.m. each day through Sunday.
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Last year at the Championships
Both the men's and women's squads had a successful CAC Championship meet last season, breaking 11 school records between the two teams. The men finished fourth place overall with a total of 407.5 points, while the women captured fifth place and 322 points.
Leading the men
On the men's side, Salisbury will be led by juniors Will Gough and Jake Blazer, sophomore Okan Eyigor and senior Daniel Keller. Gough has 11 first-place finishes this season, which leads the team and was a first-team All-CAC selection last season. Blazer, a second-team All-CAC selection in 2014, has also had a prosperous year for SU, tallying two victories and seven second-place finishes in the freestyle events. Eyigor, another first-team All-CAC honoree in 2014, has built on his success from last season winning nine races this year, while Keller has performed well late in the season, taking first in his last three events.
Leading the women
The women are led by sophomores Victoria Radcliffe, Nicole Marders, Maggie Deering and freshman Bizu Baldinazzo. Radcliffe has had another record-breaking year for the Sea Gulls, breaking the Maggs Physical Activities Center pool record in the 400-meter individual medley. Radcliffe also has a team-high 14 victories on the season. Marders has shined in the butterfly and freestyle events, capturing four wins and seven second-place finishes, while Deering has notched four wins and seven second-place finishes in the butterfly and freestyle events. Baldinazzo has stepped up as a freshman, recording six wins and seven second-place finishes on the season.
After the CAC Championships, the Sea Gulls will look to see if any swimmers will compete in the NCAA Championships, which will be held in Shenandoah, Texas. The dates of the NCAA Championships are March 18-21.