Men win first Golden Bear Invitational, women finish fourth

Men win first Golden Bear Invitational, women finish fourth

KUTZTOWN, Pa. – The Salisbury University men's and women's swimming teams wrapped up competition on the second and final day of the Golden Bear Invitational on Saturday evening. The men's team finished in first place, their first ever win at the invitational, and the women finished in fourth place.

The men's team saw five first-place finishes and several top three finishes in day two of the competition, helping the Sea Gulls pass Montclair State University to take the victory with 725 points.

Freshman Robert Leszczynski finished first in the 400-yard IM in a time of 4:45.42, freshman Daniel Keller (4:46.28) finished the event less than a second behind Leszczynski. In the 100-yard butterfly, senior Joe Wisda touched the wall first with a time of 55.33, just two seconds behind the meet record set in 1995. Wisda also turned in a winning time in the 100-yard freestyle (49.96) edging out Joseph Berry by seven-tenths of a second. The Sea Gulls finished strong, winning the last two events. In the 200-yard butterfly Keller led Salisbury with a time of 2.12.34 while sophomore Chip Helferstay (2:13.46) and senior Tim DiFatta (2:14.10) took second and third place, respectively. The men finished with a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:22.76.

On the women's side, sophomore Danielle Dunn brought home a first-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:36.63) and several other swimmers took third-place finishes to help the maroon and gold finish with 416 points.

Freshman Nikki Brandemarte finished third in the 400-yard IM (5:04.10) while senior Robin Stone put 12 points toward the Sea Gulls' score with a third-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (1:06.62). In the 1,650-yard freestyle, senior Kara Morrill turned in a third-place time finishing in 19:45.01. Towards the end of the meet, junior Meghan Donovan finished in the top three of the 200-yard backstroke, earning 12 points for the Sea Gulls with a time of 2:25.67.

Salisbury will dive back into the pool on Friday, Dec. 2, at York (Pa.) College. The Sea Gulls will compete in a dual meet against the Spartans and Goucher College, the meet is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. 

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