ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – After almost a month since their last meet, the Salisbury University men's and women's swimming teams dove back into the pool for the first day of competition at St. Mary's (Md.) College, the host of the Capital Athletic Conference swimming championships. At the end of day one the men's team sits at fourth place while the women's team sits in fifth.
During the prelim round sophomore James Gough put up a time in the 500-yard freestyle allowing him to compete in the championship heat where he took eighth place in 5:02.83. After placing sixth in the preliminary round sophomore Chris Franklin (21.99) finished fourth in the championship heat of the 50-yard freestyle.
The women's side entered the finals of day one with five student-athletes who had placed in the top 16 of the preliminary events. All five swimmers competed in the consolation heats of their respective events. Junior Sarah Ault, who placed 11th during the preliminary round in the 200-yard IM, improved upon her time by one second placing third in the consolation heat in 2:19.36, while classmate Sydney Eliff (5:34.46) finished eighth in her consolation heat in the 500-yard freestyle.
Both teams claimed a third-place finish in a team relay event. On the men's side seniors Joe Wisda and Steve Eyler with junior Eric Robichaud and Franklin hit the wall in a time of 1:28.60 in the 200-freestyle relay while the women claimed third place in the championship heat of the 400-yard medley relay (4:10.03). The women's relay team, which consisted of senior Robin Stone, sophomore Danielle Dunn, freshman Taylor Merget and Ault, set a new school record in the event breaking a 12-year record by over one second.
Salisbury will be back on the pool deck at 10 a.m., tomorrow for day two preliminaries and finals at 6 p.m.
Men's Team Rankings (Through 10 events)
1. University of Mary Washington – 280 points
2. St. Mary's (Md.) College – 171 points
3. York (Pa.) College -125 points
4. Salisbury University – 106 points
5. Marymount (Va.) University -68 points
6. Hood College – 67 points
7. Frostburg State University – 26 points
Women's Team Rankings (Through 10 events)
1. University of Mary Washington – 238 points
2. St. Mary's (Md.) College – 179 points
3. Marymount (Va.) University – 131 points
4. York (Pa.) College – 101 points
5. Salisbury University – 79 points
6. Hood College – 73 points
7. Frostburg State University – 68 points