COBLESKILL, N.Y. – The Gallaudet University’s men’s and women’s swimming teams prepare to make their marks on the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championship this weekend at the Bouck Hall Natatorium on the campus of SUNY Cobleskill. The 2013 men’s and women’s swimming and diving championships will run from Friday, Feb. 15 through Sunday, Feb. 17. Each day will consist of a qualifying round that starts at 10 a.m. and event finals for that day will start at 6 p.m.
Gallaudet’s men’s swimming team is the two-time defending conference champions. The women’s team placed third overall last year and won the 2011 conference title.
“The men’s and women’s teams will be counting on first-year collegiate swimmers for a majority of their points,” said Gallaudet coach Larry Curran, in his first season at the helm. “The first-year swimmers bring a lot of hard work and determination to the Bison swim teams. At the beginning of workouts a few could barely swim one length of the pool, now they are competing in distance events! Look for several to even make the finals and everyone on both teams to have season best times.”
This is the fourth year the NEAC has sponsored men’s and women’s swimming and diving as a conference sport. Five schools will be competing in the championship meet; Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet, SUNY Cobleskill and Wells College. Admission is $5 per day for adults and $3 per day for students with a valid school ID. Children under the age of 5 will be admitted for free.
The Bison men’s team is led by junior DJ Everton-Lovell (Norfolk, Va.) and the women’s team is led by sophomore swimmer Alexandra Polivanchuk (Orebro, Sweden). At the 2012 championships Everton-Lovell scored a lot of points for the Bison and won several events, look for him to make the finals again this year, though in different races due to an injured ACL. Polivanchuk, the 2012 NEAC Women’s Swimmer of the Year, will anchor the women’s team again this year. Look for Polivanchuk to break school records in the 50 and 100 freestyle events at this year’s championship.