CAZENOVIA, N.Y. – The women’s field was very competitive at the 2014 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) swimming and diving championships hosted by Cazenovia College as only 49 points separated the champion and fourth place. Wells College won its third straight title with 444 points followed by SUNY Cobleskill (417), Gallaudet University (399) and the host Wildcats from Cazenovia (395). College of St. Elizabeth (302) and conference newcomer Cedar Crest College (141) round out the field of six. GU’s Larry Curran was named 2014 NEAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year.
The Bison continued to erase old school records as more marks fell on Sunday night. GU’s 400-yard freestyle relay team of juniors Anna Polivanchuk (Orebro, Sweden), freshman Molly Verseput (Upland, Calif.), freshman Thyra Wood (Great Falls, Mont.) and junior Alexandra Polivanchuk (Orebro, Sweden) broke two school records in the race. The quartet erased two of the oldest school records in Gallaudet history. Anna Polivanchuk began the relay with a blistering speed as she finished the first 50 yards in 25.45 seconds. The second half of Anna’s 100-yard freestyle leg was clocked at 54.40 seconds, over a second faster then Michelle Poole’s 55.66 school record set in 1987 (the oldest women’s swimming school record until tonight). Gallaudet won the relay with a new school record time of 3:54.35 to best the 1991 mark of 3:58.00.
Anna Polivanchuk won the 200 backstroke with a new school record time of 2:14.96, nearly four seconds faster then Stephanie Danner’s old school record of 2:18.76 set in 2001. Anna’s sister Alexandra finished second in the 200 breaststroke (2:43.52) followed by senior Katie Giles (Gaithersburg, Md.) in fourth place (2:55.81). Junior Rebecca Lopez (East Setauket, N.Y.) improved on her school record point total for 1-meter diving by finishing fourth at the NEAC championships with 289.60 points. Her old school record was 221.5 points. Verseput finished third in the grueling 1,650 freestyle (21:09.01) event.
Cedar Crest College’s Maggie Olock was named the 2014 NEAC Swimmer of the Year and 2014 NEAC Rookie of the Year.
The official All-NEAC announcement will be made by the conference later this week or next. A swimmer or relay team needs to finish in the top three of its respective event, in the finals, to earn all-conference honors.