SWARTHMORE, Pa. - After the first day of the Swarthmore Invitational, hosted by Swarthmore College, the Salisbury University swimming teams both sit in second place in the two-day invitational. The men have 240.5 points, compared to Swarthmore's 330.5 in first place, while the women are also trailing the host with 258 points, to the Garnets' 294.
Freshman Peter Moyer opened up the individual scoring for the Gulls as he won the 500-yard freestyle in the first individual event to pick up 20 points for the Sea Gulls. Moyer grabbed an early lead and held on for a three-second win, touching the wall at 4:49.09.
In the third individual event for the men, the 50-yard freestyle, Salisbury once again grabbed a victory in an event that was populated with 27 swimmers. Will Gough finished 0.35 seconds ahead of the next competitor at 21.83 seconds to score another 20 points.
The Gulls finished second in both relays as the team of Andrew Ward, Stephen Arcidiacono, Jake Blazer, and Gough started things off with 34 points by finishing the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:30.01. Then, in the 400-yard medley relay to end the day, Okan Eyigor, Gough, Arcidiacono, and Blazer got second with a time of 3:39.89.
Like the men, the women picked up second-place finishes in both relays, as they opened up with the team of Nikky Marders, Eden Mallory, Victoria Radcliffe, and Bizu Baldinazzo in the 200-yard freestyle relay and missed out on first by 0.32 seconds with a 1:45.62 finish. In the 400-yard medley relay, Baldinazzo, Radcliffe, Layne Gable, and Mallory narrowly missed first again, finishing at 4:13.64, 0.80 seconds behind the Swarthmore victors.
Radcliffe had a convincing victory in the first individual event of the day for the women and finished 10 seconds before the second-place finisher in the 500-yard freestyle (5:20.57).
The 50-yard freestyle saw newcomer Madison Tinus collect a third-place finish, touching the wall at 25.76 seconds; while Baldinazzo wasn't far behind to finish fifth at 25.88 seconds.
Both squads return to the pool tomorrow morning – Saturday, November 21 – at 9:30 a.m., for day two of the meet. Later in the day, at 4:30 p.m., the teams will reconvene in the pool for the final stretch of the 2015 Swarthmore Invitational.