SALISBURY, Md. – Over the next four days, the Salisbury University men's and women's swimming teams will compete in the Capital Athletic Conference championships being held at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Competition begins Thursday evening and will run through Sunday afternoon.
Things will kick off Thursday at 6 p.m. with the men's and women's 800-yard freestyle relay finals. Preliminaires will begin at 10 a.m. Friday morning, with finals taking place that evening. Saturday and Sunday will also both begin with 10 a.m. preliminaries.
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Last year at the championships
Conor Johnston and Peter Moyer both return to the championships this weekend after breaking school records at last year's event. Johnston recorded a time of 54.45 seconds in the 100-yard individual medley to break the previous record, then broke his own record again later that evening, posting a time of 54.46 seconds. Moyer broke the school record in the 1,650-yard freestyle, with a time of 16:16.60. Salisbury graduate Victoria Radcliffe broke the women's school record in the 100-yard individual medley with a time of 1:01.18. Graduate Layne Gable also set a school record for the women, posting a time 2:15.18 in the 200-yard butterfly.
Leading the men
Along with returners Johnston and Moyer, the men's side will be led by senior Bill James junior Richard Baker, and sophomore Josh Brown. Baker led all men with 12 individual first-places finishes during the regular season. Brown finished with 11, including the top time in the conference during the regular season, with a 100-meter individual medley time of 54.69 seconds. Moyer, who was a First-Team All-CAC performer last season, finished with nine individual first-place finishes. James earned four individual first-place finishes, while Johnston, a Second-Team All-CAC selection from last year, earned three.
Leading the women
With the graduations of Radcliffe and Gable, there will be a few new faces representing the women's team this weekend. Sophomores Angela Barzanti and Emma Tarnosky, and freshman Jordyn Rowe each have the skills to capture a few first-place finishes of their own, and possibly set a record or two along the way. Tarnosky led the women's team with eight individual first-place finishes during the regular season. Rowe finishes with five, while Barzanti finished with four.
Last time out
Both teams earned multiple first-place finishes in their last meet of the season against St. Mary's. Johnston finished first in the 100-yard individual medley with a time of 57.92 second, Baker finished first in the 100-yard freestyle, with a time of 48.33 seconds, and Jake Ryan finished first in the 200-yard freestyle, with a time of 1:49.76. Andrew Ward earned two individual first-place finishes, finishing ahead of the pack in the 50-yard freestyle, with a time of 22.90 seconds, then following it up with a time of 59.27 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke. Rowe and Tarnosky each earned individual first-place finishes for the women, with Tarnosky earning a time of 27.19 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle, and Rowe finishing the 100-yard individual medley with a time of 1:07.74.
After the CAC Championships, the Sea Gulls will look to see if swimmers will qualify and compete in the NCAA Championships, which will be held in Indianapolis. The dates of the NCAA Championships are March 21-24.