PISCATAWAY, N.J. –The Salisbury University men's and women's swim teams had 10 swimmers qualify for the finals on day three of the Metropolitan Swimming and Diving Conference (METS) Championship on Saturday.
Men's Day Three Score: Salisbury 8th: 202 points
Women's Day Three Score: Salisbury 9th: 211 points
HOW IT HAPPENED
Matthew Arter, Austin Thielke and Nathan Braun qualified for the finals in the 400-yard IM. Arter finished 15th with a personal best time of 4:22.91. Thielke placed 18th with a personal best time of 4:31.71. Braun finished in 20th place with a personal best time 4:34.01. Christopher Knorr qualified for the 100-yard fly. Knorr secured a 15th-place finish with a personal best time of 52.65. Bufano qualified for the 200-yard free. The 200-yard free and 400-yard medley relay teams both finished with season-best times.
Olivia Totaro qualified for the finals in the 400-yard IM. Totaro finished 11th with a personal best time of 4:48.07. Jordan DeGruchy qualified for the 100-yard fly and finished in 16th place in the finals. Peyton O'Brian qualified for the finals in the 100-yard breast. O'Brian swam a personal best time of 1:11.98 and finished in 15th place. Kara Graybill qualified for the finals in the 200-yard free and finished in 19th place. Ashley Marcum qualified for the finals in the 100-yard back and finished in 21st place. The relay teams in the 200-yard free and 400-yard medleys both finished with season-best times.
Qualified Racers (Final Time)
Arter: 400-yard IM; 15 (4:22.91)
Thielke: 400-yard IM; 18 (4:31.71)
Knorr: 100-yard fly; 15 (52.65)
Braun: 400-yard IM; 20 (4:34.01)
Bufano: 200-yard free; 24 (1:49.55)
DeGruchy: 100-yard fly; 16 (1:02.06)
Totaro: 400-yard IM; 11 (4:48.07)
O'Brian: 100-yard breast; 15 (1:11.98)
Graybill: 200-yard free; 19 (2:01.35)
Marcum: 100-yard back; 21 (1:04.83)
Men's 200-yard Free: Steven Olexy, Thielke, Braun, Arter; 10th (1:34.92)
Men's 400-yard Medley: Arter, Olexy, Knorr, Bufano; 9th (3:40.93)
Women's 400-yard Medley: Marcum, O'Brian, DeGruchy, Graybill; 8th (4:16.84)
- The METS Championship concludes on Sunday, Feb. 20. The preliminary races start at 9:30 a.m. with the qualifying racers competing in the finals at 5:30 p.m.
Salisbury University is a proud member of NCAA Division III with primary membership in the Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference, along with the New Jersey Athletic Conference for football and the Metropolitan Swimming and Diving Conference for men's and women's swimming. With over 500 student-athletes in 21 varsity sports, SU is recognized as one of the most competitive intercollegiate athletics programs regardless of division, and dedicated coaches and staff that foster excellence on-and-off the field. The Sea Gulls have celebrated 22 team national championships, 24 individual national champions, 186 conference championships and 41 Academic All-Americans.
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