ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – Day two of the Capital Athletic Conference Swimming Championships was another successful day for the Salisbury University men's and women's swimming teams, as seven school records were broken, including a top finish by junior Will Gough.
In the preliminaries, Gough grabbed a spot in the final for the men's 200-yard freestyle, taking sixth and racing to a time of 1:46.09. In the finals, Gough picked up Salisbury's first win of the CAC Championships this year, taking first in a time of 1:43.07. Gough set a new school record with his time, breaking Paul Zoli's 1:43.51 mark from 2012.
Freshman Conor Johnston broke the school record in the preliminaries for the 400-yard individual medley, qualifying third and swimming to a time of 4:19.46, surpassing Brendan Roddy's record from 1999. In the finals for the event, Johnston broke his own school record by almost four seconds, touching the wall at 4:15.70 for third place.
In the same event, sophomore Travis Maida finished seventh in 4:23.96, while senior Philip Kuldell took 12th in 4:44.63 and junior Mallen Figueroa had a 13th-place finish, touching the wall at 4:50.68.
In the preliminaries for the women's 100-yard butterfly, freshman Bizu Baldinazzo broke a five-year-old record previously held by Katy Turner when she touched the wall at 1:00.71. Baldinazzo qualified fifth. In the finals, Baldinazzo improved her time, breaking her own school record and finishing in a time of 1:00.21; she placed fourth in the event.
In the same event, sophomore Nicole Marders qualified sixth and recorded a time of 1:00.83. Marders cut her time by .49 seconds in the final and finished sixth in a time of 1:00.34, which is currently second in the school record books.
Sophomore Okan Eyigor broke his own school record in the preliminaries for the 100-yard butterfly that he set in 2014, touching the wall at 51.83 seconds to qualify for the final. The Istanbul, Turkey native broke his own school record again in the finals, notching a time of 51.49 seconds, which was good for fourth place.
Senior Daniel Keller grabbed fifth in the same event and recorded a time of 52.67 seconds.
In the women's 200-yard freestyle preliminaries, sophomore Victoria Radcliffe just missed a school record set by Rebecca Mitchell in 2001, but qualified for the final, and notching a time of 1:56.62. In the finals, Radcliffe would break Mitchell's school record and capture a second-place finish, touching the wall at 1:55.36.
In the women's 200-yard medley relay final, the team of Marders, Racliffe, Gable and Baldinazzo broke a school record that was set in 2012, finishing the race in 1:53.42 for third place.
Eyigor, Gough, Keller and Blazer broke a three-year-old school record in the men's 200-yard medley relay final, taking third in a time of 1:36.18.
In the women's 100-yard backstroke, Baldinazzo captured a fifth-place finish and recorded a time of 1:01.00, while Eyigor grabbed fourth place in the men's 100-yard backstroke and swam with a time of 52.34 seconds.
The men now sit in third place with 287 points, jumping up two spots from yesterday, while the women remain in fourth with a total of 299 points. The CAC Swimming Championships will conclude tomorrow, with the preliminaries beginning at 10 a.m. and the finals starting at 5:30 p.m.