WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sophomore Alexandra Polivanchuk (Orebro, Sweden) won three times to help Gallaudet University’s women’s swimming team on Saturday in its double dual meet at the Field House pool. Polivanchuk’s victories were not enough as the Bison were swept by North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) foes Cazenovia College, 111-84, and College of St. Elizabeth, 107-81. Cazenovia won the head-to-head meet with St. Elizabeth, 102-89.
Polivanchuk started her day with a win in the 200-yard IM as she touched the wall in 2:27.83, over 15 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. She followed that with a win in the 100 butterfly (1:05.89) and capped her day with a win in the 100 breaststroke (1:15.35). Her teammate junior Valerie Farr (Fremont, Calif.) was third in the 100 breaststroke as she was eight seconds off Polivanchuk’s pace with a time of 1:23.48.
Junior Katie Giles (Gaithersburg, Md.) took second place in the 50 freestyle as she narrowly lost to St. Elizabeth’s Veronica Lubsen (28.99 seconds) as Giles touched in 29.24 seconds. Freshman Liv Polzin (Frederick, Md.) was right on Giles’ heels at 30.07 seconds in third place. Polzin later took third place in the 100 free (1:07.79) while Giles clocked in at 1:08.56 to take fifth place.
The Bison (1-10, 0-4 NEAC) will next host College of Notre Dame (Md.) on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m. to wrap-up their regular-season schedule.