Both swimming teams in second place after day two at the CAC championships

Both swimming teams in second place after day two at the CAC championships

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Salisbury University swimming teams finished the second day of the Capital Athletic Conference championships highlighted by Will Gough earning his second individual title of the championships. Both squads are in second place at the end of day two.

Men

In the first preliminary of the day for the men, the 400-yard individual medley, Conor Johnston and Travis Maida qualified for the finals later in the evening. Johnston qualified fourth with a time of 4:18.84, while Maida came in sixth (4:24.06).

In the second preliminary, Salisbury once again had two members qualify for the finals in Okan Eyigor (fifth, 52.17 seconds), and Stephen Arcidiacono (seventh, 53.09 seconds).

Eyigor also qualified for the finals in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 52.80 seconds to qualify in third.

Peter Moyer and Gough found their way into the finals in the 200-yard freestyle. Moyer came in second with a time of 1:44.23, while Gough was right behind him for a third-place qualification in 1:44.33.

In the night session, the team of Eyigor, Johnston, Arcidiacono, and Jake Blazer swam the 200-yard medley relay in 1:36.30 to get a third-place finish.

For the finals of the 200-yard free, Gough broke his own school record by exactly one second, 1:42.07 to capture his second CAC title of the 2016 championships. Gough earned first team in the event last season and is the first Gull since Mike Ferrari to earn back-to-back first team honors in an event, Ferrari accomplished the feat in the 2008-09 seasons in the 100-yard breaststroke.

The men picked up another third-place performance on the night in Eyigor. Eyigor came in third in the 100-yard backstroke (52.02 seconds).

In the last event of the evening, the men grabbed a third-place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The team comprised of Blazer, Eyigor, Moyer, and Gough finished in 7:05.41.

In second place with 331 points, the men have a chance to make history as they have never finished the CAC championships above third.

Women

The women got off to an impressive start with three members making it to the finals in the 400-yard individual medley. Nicki Schult qualified in fourth (4:55.37), Claudia Guay sixth (5:04.07), and Kathryn Adams took the last spot in the finals with a time of 5:08.54.

In the 100-yard butterfly preliminary, the Gulls once again got multiple qualifiers as Bizu Baldinazzo qualified fifth in 1:00.13, while Layne Gable qualified eighth with a 1:00.97 time.

Baldinazzo also secured a spot in the finals of the 100-yard backstroke, qualifying third with a 1:01.24 race.

Victoria Radcliffe would be the lone Gull to qualify for the 200-yard freestyle as she swam the preliminary in 1:56.42.

For the evening session, the women opened up with a third-place effort in the 200-yard medley relay. Baldinazzo, Radcliffe, Gable, and Madison Tinus finished the event in 1:52.50.

Guay scored her first career All-CAC nod in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:54.22. Teammates Schult and Adams followed close behind with fifth- and sixth-place finishes in the heat.

Radcliffe had an impressive fourth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 1:54.67, just .01 seconds behind the third-place finisher.

Baldinazzo finished the 100-yard backstroke in 1:01.20 to get third place in the finals.

In second place with 311 points, the women have the chance to record their second ever, second-place finish as they accomplished the feat during the 2001 championships

Salisbury will return to the pool tomorrow morning for the final day of the championships.

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