CAZENOVIA, N.Y. – The Gallaudet University women’s swimming and diving team currently sits in second place, only four points behind the leader Wells College, after the first day of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championships on Friday being hosted by Cazenovia College.
The Bison 200-yard freestyle relay team started off the meet with a bang as they set a new conference and school record after seniors Alexandra Polivanchuk (Orebro, Sweden), Katie Giles (Gaithersburg, Md.), freshman Thyra Wood (Great Falls, Mont.) and junior Anna Polivanchuk (Orebro, Sweden) placed first with a time of 1:47.87. The Polivanchuk sisters, Giles and freshman Molly Verseput (Upland, Calif.) followed that up by breaking another Gallaudet record in the 400-yard medley relay as they finished first overall with a time of 4:24.46. The first-place finish in each of these events netted the Bison 64 points, more than half of their total after one day.
The Polivanchuks continued their dominant performance in the pool as Alexandra placed first in the 200-yard IM (2:22.06) and Anna placed second in the 50-yard freestyle (25.12), which broke the old school record of 25.90 held by Michelle Poole set in 1988.
Gallaudet racked up 127 points and sit behind defending champion Wells College (131 points). College of Saint Elizabeth (120), SUNY Cobleskill (109) and Cazenovia College (94) come in at third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Cedar Crest College is in sixth with 38 points.
The second day of the NEAC swimming and diving championships will take place Saturday with preliminaries at 10 a.m. followed by the finals at 6 p.m. in seven different events.