ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Salisbury University swimming teams went on the road to St. Mary's College of Maryland for their final regular-season meets of the season and both squads fell to the Seahawks by a combined four points, as the men lost 104-101 and the women fell 103-102.
The men were led by Okan Eyigor who continued his strong season and dominance in the backstroke, winning the 100-yard backstroke in 54.04 seconds. Eyigor also picked up a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle, coming in at 1:52.73 for the Gulls.
The short-distance freestyle tandem of Will Gough and Jake Blazer also helped scored points for Salisbury as Gough won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.02 seconds and Blazer won the 100-yard freestyle in 48.29 seconds.
Coming off his second, second-place finish ever last meet, freshman Max Lucas picked up his first-career victory as he won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.40. The win came in the last individual heat of the day, giving the team a shot at winning the meet going into the final relay event.
The women lost like the men in the final relay, but strong days across the board put the Gulls within striking distance going into the last event.
Victoria Radcliffe picked up her 13th and 14th victories of the year as she won the 200-yard individual medley (2:16.56) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:26.11). In the 500-yard freestyle, teammate Nicki Schult came in third with a time of 5:41.03.
Also grabbing a victory for Salisbury was Bizu Baldinazzo who took home first in the 100-yard backstroke. Teammate Hannah Schlegel finished .027 seconds behind Baldinazzo (1:03.92) to pick up a second-place finish in the heat.
Madison Tinus and Layne Gable each had a pair of second-place finishes on the day for the Gulls. Tinus finished the 50-yard freestyle in 25.54 seconds and the 100-yard freestyle in 57.10 seconds for her second-place finishes, while Gable nabbed hers in the 200-yard freestyle (2:06.56) and the 100-yard butterfly (1:02.06).
The Sea Gulls will return to action on February 19 back at St. Mary's (Md.) for the Capital Athletic Conference swimming championships. The championships will conclude on February 21.