ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's swim teams dove into the pool on Friday to kick off the Capital Athletic Conference Championships, hosted by St. Mary's (Md.) College. With Day One of the three-day meet in the books, both the men and women currently sit in fourth place.
Freshman Danielle Dunn led her Sea Gulls, finishing fifth in the 50-yard freestyle (25.52 seconds) before teaming up with juniors Robin Stone and Jenna Petrella, along with sophomore Sarah Ault, to take third place in the 400-yard medley relay. Their time of 4:12.98 was nearly a three-second improvement upon their qualifier.
Dunn, Petrella and Stone also teamed up with junior Kelly Closs in the 200-yard freestyle relay, missing third place by just over a tenth of a second. Their time of 1:44.14, however, earned Salisbury valuable points; the Sea Gulls' 97 points after five events put them solidly in fourth place.
The men's side, which trails host school St. Mary's by 27 points, also saw success in the pool in the form of relay events. The 400-yard medley relay foursome consisting of senior Eddie Rubenstein, juniors Joe Wisda and Jason Preston, and freshman James Gough posted a time of 3:40.40, good for fourth place. Their time shattered Salisbury's school record by over a second; Preston was also part of the previous record-holding foursome, whose time had been inked in the record books since 2009.
Preston and Wisda, along with junior Steve Eyler and freshman Chris Franklin, earned Salisbury's top finish of the day – third place – in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Touching the wall in 1:27.69, the team was less than two-tenths of a second shy of second-place York (Pa.) College.
Salisbury continues its quest for the CAC Championship tomorrow, with Day Two preliminaries taking place at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.
Women's Team Rankings (Through 5 Events)
1. University of Mary Washington – 279 points
2. St. Mary's (Md.) College – 167 points
3. Marymount (Va.) University – 116 points
4. Salisbury University – 97 points
5. Hood College – 67 points
6. Frostburg State University – 61 points
7. York (Pa.) College - 53 points
Men's Team Rankings (Through 5 Events)
1. University of Mary Washington – 296.5 points
2. York (Pa.) College – 154 points
3. St. Mary's (Md.) College – 139 points
4. Salisbury University – 112 points
5. Marymount (Va.) University – 79.5 points
6. Hood College – 59 points
7. Frostburg State University – 53 points