SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University men's and women's swimming teams will be competing in the Capital Athletic Conference Championships held at St. Mary's College of Maryland, which will start Friday morning as a part of the three-day event.
The championships will begin at 10 a.m., on Friday, starting with trials, and ending with finals at 6 p.m., on Friday and Saturday, while the second session on Sunday will begin at 4:30 p.m.
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Last year at the Championships
Both the men's and women's squads had solid showings at the championships last season as they combined to topple 16 school records. The men finished third place overall with a total of 428 points, while the women finished fourth with 433 points through the 36-event meet.
Leading the men
The men are led by the quartet of seniors Jake Blazer and Will Gough, junior Okan Eyigor, and freshman Peter Moyer. Blazer and Gough have dominated the short-distance freestyle events all season as they combine for 13 wins in the 50-meter/yard and 100-meter/yard freestyle alone (Blazer with six and Gough with seven). At last year's championships, Gough was named first-team All-CAC for his victory in the 200-yard freestyle.
Eyigor a year ago was named second-team All-CAC in the 200-yard backstroke but the Istanbul, Turkey native will be looking to get a first-team nod as he has been a standout all season in the backstroke. In backstroke events alone, Eyigor has eight victories to go along with five other victories for a 13-win season.
Moyer has been making the headlines early and often in his young career as a versatile swimmer who has picked up victories in events with a wide range of strokes and distances. With one regular season under his belt, Moyer already etched his name into the Salisbury record book on two occasions.
Leading the women
The women have received their scoring from a wider variety of swimmers than the men as there are a handful of teammates who on any given day can come away with a victory for the Gulls. Leading the way has been the duo of junior Victoria Radcliffe and sophomore Bizu Baldinazzo. Radcliffe has won 13 events this season and has placed in the top three of every event. Baldinazzo has finished in either first or second place on 13 occasions.
Nine other members of the team won events over the course of the season to add to the depth the women's team has embraced all year. Layne Gable has been dominant in the butterfly, winning six events in the stroke on the year. Nicki Schult has been a strong swimmer as she has placed in the top-two places in 12 events this season, primarily in the freestyle. Coming on hot as of late has been newcomer, Madison Tinus who has combined for one victory and two second-place finishes over her last three events swam.
After the CAC Championships, the Sea Gulls will look to see if any swimmers will compete in the NCAA Championships, which will be held in Greensboro, North Carolina. The dates of the NCAA Championships are March 16-19.