ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's swimming teams opened up the 2016 Capital Athletic Conference Championships on Friday and had eight members named to All-CAC teams in the first day of the three-day event.
For the men in the morning qualifying swim, freshman Peter Moyer was the first to qualify for the finals as he came in fifth in the 500-yard freestyle and picked up a school record along the way. Moyer finished the race in 4:48.75, just 10 seconds off the leader. The record was previously held by Moyer from earlier this season with a time of 4:49.09.
Will Gough and Jake Blazer cemented their names in the finals for the 50-yard freestyle. Gough swam the race in 21.00 seconds to break his own school record (21.09 seconds, 2015) and qualify in second place, while Blazer qualified .60 seconds behind Gough in third place.
In the night session with All-CAC implications on the line, the men's 200-yard freestyle relay squad comprised of Blazer, Conor Johnston, Andrew Ward, and Gough set a school record and finished second in 1:25.17 to garner second-team All-CAC honors.
In the finals for the 500-yard freestyle, Moyer broke the school record for the second time in the same day; this time the freshman finished in 4:48.75 to come in fourth place.
The men got their first victory of the championships when Gough, like Moyer, broke the school record he had set earlier in the day. Gough swam the 50-yard freestyle in 20.74 seconds to earn his second first-team All-CAC honor in his career. Gough won the 200-yard freestyle last season. Blazer finished the 50 free heat in 21.60 seconds to pick up fifth place.
Victoria Radcliffe found her way into the finals of the 200-yard individual medley during the qualifying hears in the morning. Radcliffe finished the race with a time of 2:12.35 to qualify in fifth place.
Newcomer Madison Tinus qualified for the finals in a closely contested 50-yard freestyle. With a time of 25.51 seconds, Tinus took the last qualifying spot and beat out the ninth-place finisher by just .08 seconds.
In the 200-yard individual medley finals, Radcliffe picked up a fifth-place finish as she touched the wall in 2:12.35.
Tinus came away with an eighth-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 25.33 seconds, improving on her qualifying time.
In the 400-yard medley relay, the team comprised of Hannah Schlegel, Radcliffe, Layne Gable, and Bizu Baldinazzo broke a school record to pick up second team All-CAC honors. The quartet finished the race in 4:07.01 to break a school record that was set in 2012 by over three seconds.
The Gulls will return to the pool tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., with qualifying races, and return at 6 p.m., for the finals in 14 different events.
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