Gough wins third event as men earn best CAC finish ever; women place third in conference

Gough wins third event as men earn best CAC finish ever; women place third in conference

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Salisbury University swimming squads concluded the 2016 Capital Athletic Conference championships with the men finishing in second place (491 points) for the first time ever and the women capturing a third-place finish with 439 points.

Men

In qualifying earlier in the day, Will Gough continued his historic showing at the championships with another school record as he qualified in the top spot of the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 45.81 seconds. The record was set in 2015 by Gough himself at 45.96 seconds.

Okan Eyigor qualified for another backstroke final as he raced the 200-yard backstroke preliminary in 1:56.27 to finish the heat in third place.

The last finals qualifier on the day for Salisbury was Stephen Arcidiacono, who took the last qualifying spot in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:03.19.

The final session of the championships opened up with Peter Moyer breaking a 17-year old school record and getting a fourth-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Moyer swam the race in 16:42.72 to shatter the school record that was set in 1999 by 10 seconds.

Eyigor added to his stellar season with a second-team All-CAC finish in the 200-yard backstroke. Eyigor finished the event in 1:55.12 to pick up the second-team nod.

Gough once again impressed as the senior won his third individual event of the championships, a first in program history. Gough broke the school record he set earlier in the day in the 100-yard freestyle by swimming the race in 45.60 seconds. The 45.60 time also earned Gough a NCAA provisional "B" cut.

Gough is now the only member of the Salisbury men's swimming team to have earned four first-team All-CAC honors in their career, as he won the 200-yard freestyle last season. Gough is also now just the fourth male in CAC history to ever earn first-team honors in the 50-yard, 100-yard, and 200-yard freestyle in the same season.

The men earned their last All-CAC performers of the championships in the 400-yard freestyle relay as the team of Eyigor, Andrew WardJake Blazer, and Gough finished third with a time of 3:10.95.

Women

The women had two members -- Victoria Radcliffe and Layne Gable -- qualify for the finals in events during the morning session.

Radcliffe qualified for the 200-yard breaststroke by breaking her own school record (2:29.32, 2014). She finished the race in 2:28.03 to qualify in second place.

Gable moved onto the finals in the 200-yard butterfly with a 2:16.23 race to finish the preliminary in fourth place.

The women started the night session with Nicki Schult grabbing a top-eight finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle, finishing seventh with a time of 18:28.12.

In the finals of the 200-yard breaststroke, Radcliffe destroyed her own school record that she had set just hours earlier in the preliminaries to pick up second team All-CAC recognition. Radcliffe touched the wall in 2:25.72 to secure the second All-CAC second-team finish in her career.

Gable finished the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:16.36 to grab a sixth-place finish for the women.

The second-place finish for the men stands as the highest finish ever in the championships, while the third-place finish for the women is their second-highest finish of all time as they came in second place during the 2001 championships.

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