ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Gallaudet University women’s swimmer Anna Polivanchuk (Orebro, Sweden) will become the second Bison ever to compete at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) swimming and diving open championships as she earned a spot in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke events. She will swim this weekend (Feb. 28-March 2) at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., in the legendary Lejeune Hall.
Polivanchuk’s schedule will see her swim in the 50-yard freestyle on Friday, Feb. 28, in the preliminaries starting at 10 a.m. The top swimmers from that event advance to the evening finals at 6 p.m. On Saturday, March 1, Polivanchuk will compete in the 100-yard backstroke in the morning preliminaries. The top swimmers from that event advance to the evening finals at 6 p.m. She closes out the weekend on Sunday, March 2, when she competes in the 100-yard freestyle in the preliminaries at 10 a.m. and the top swimmers advance to the 6 p.m. finals. Polivanchuk will go up against a field dominated by Division I swimmers from schools such as the U.S. Naval Academy, Villanova University, Harvard University, Bucknell University and University of Pittsburgh just to name a few.
Polivanchuk helped to lead the Bison to a third-place finish in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championship on Feb. 14-16 in Cazenovia, N.Y. She earned six All-NEAC first team honors and a second team honor at the conference championship. In the process, she broke five individual school records, two individual NEAC championship records and was a member of four relay teams that set new NEAC championship and Gallaudet school records.
In 2013, the Boston University Terriers swept the ECAC Championships, taking home both the men’s and women’s titles at Harvard University. The 2013 ECAC Championships saw 18 meet records and three pool records broken.