Stephenson named Men's Coach of the Year as CAC championships come to a close

Stephenson named Men's Coach of the Year as CAC championships come to a close

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. - Salisbury University swimming Head Coach Jill Stephenson was named the Capital Athletic Conference Men's Swimming Coach of the Year on the final day of the CAC championships. The Sea Gulls concluded their seasons with the men placing fourth (403 points), just four points behind York (Pa.) College, and the women placing fifth (246 points).

The day began with the 1,650-yard freestyle, and both Sea Gull teams had a swimmer finish in the top 10. Freshman Nikki Schult placed seventh for the women (18:47.93), while sophomores Eric Gillies (17:46.75) and Philip Kuldell (17:54.64) finished seventh and ninth, respectively, for the men.

In all, six swimmers on the men's team placed in the top 10 of three individual races.

Junior James Gough finished seventh in the 200-yard backstroke (2:01.97), while sophomore Rich Ambrose placed ninth (2:08.79).

In the next event, senior Paul Zoli and freshman Will Gough swam in the 100-yard freestyle, placing sixth (47.98) and 10th (48.54), respectively.

For the women, senior Sarah Ault finished ninth in the 200-yard butterfly (2:20.56).

Senior Meghan Donovan and sophomore Brittany Steele also had finals placement, as Donovan finished 12th in the 200-meter backstroke (2:20.85) and Steele finished 15th in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:49.23).

The battle for third in the men's standings came down to the final race. Salisbury sent junior Chris Franklin, Ambrose, Will Gough and Zoli into the water in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team posted a time of 3:11.86, but came up .23 of a second short of York's finishing time, givng the Spartans that third spot in the standings.

On the women's side, freshmen Andria Moyer, Melissa Alessandrini and Schult along with Ault placed fifth in the women's 400-yard freestyle relay.

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