SALIBURY, Md. – After nearly a month off from competition, the Salisbury University swimming teams each picked up a Capital Athletic Conference win against Hood College to start the new year off strong. The men collected a 104-89 win while the women were victorious as well, 116-78.
The men's team (3-4, 2-1 CAC) won the first three events of the contest and went on to win two more events throughout the afternoon. Junior Jesse Cunningham took the 200-meter IM in a time of 2:18.44 and helped the Sea Gulls secure the 200-meter medley relay in a time of 1:55.30.
In the 800-meter freestyle, freshman Eric Gillies hit the wall first in 10:21.89, earning nine points for the maroon and gold. Freshman Robert Leszczynski (2:05.20) and junior Paul Zoli (2:06.13) earned first and second place, respectively, in the 200-meter freestyle. In the 100-meter butterfly, Salisbury swept the Blazers earning first, second and third place, earning 16 points. Senior Joe Wisda led the way for the Gulls in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 1:01.56.
On the women's side six different Sea Gulls (3-4, 2-1 CAC) earned a first-place finish while the team had one relay win. In the first event of the meet seniors Robin Stone and Karen Hessler, along with sophomore Danielle Dunn and freshman Nikki Brandemarte earned a first-place finish in the 200-meter medley relay (2:16.06) nearly seven seconds over their nearest competitor.
Brandemarte (2:45.85) and classmate Taylor Merget (1:05.14) ended the meet with individual wins in the 200-meter IM and 100-meter freestyle, respectively. Juniors Sarah Ault (100-meter butterfly), Meghan Donovan (100-meter backstroke), and Christine Cook (400-meter freestyle) each added nine points to the maroon and gold's score as they earned first-place finishes as well. In the 800-meter freestyle, sophomore Staci Carbone went the distance in a time of 10:21.89, beating out Hood's Lindsay Cronin by seven seconds.
Salisbury continues conference competition as it travels to the University of Mary Washington for a dual meet against the Eagles and Marymount University. The meet is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 14, at 1 p.m.