WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University men's and women's swimming and diving teams opened their conference schedule Saturday as they hosted North Eastern Athletic Conference foe SUNY Cobleskill at the Field House pool on homecoming. The Tigers were too much for the Bison as they slipped passed the women's team by 13 points, 117-104, and the men's team, 138-77.
Gallaudet's women's team (0-2) was led by junior Alexandra Polivanchuk (Orebro, Sweden) who took first in the 50-yard freestyle (26.60 seconds), 100 breaststroke (1:16) and the 100 butterfly (1:04.83). Fellow junior Lisa Murphy (Bothell, Wash.) placed first in the 100 backstroke (1:13.51) and the 200 IM (2:41.75). She also placed second in the 100 breaststroke (1:26.37) behind Polivanchuk. Sophomore Brianna Stroud-Williams (Tucker, Ga.) and senior Lisa van der Mark (Mijnsheerenland, The Netherlands) represented the Bison well in the 1,000 freestyle as they placed second and third with times of 14:01.79 and 16:58.25, respectively.
The Bison men's team (0-2) was led by senior DJ Everton-Lovell (Norfolk, Va.) who was the only swimmer to win an event on the men's side for the buff and blue. Everton-Lovell placed first in the 1,000 freestyle with a time of 11:53.95. He also took second in the 200 IM (2:26.04) and the 100 backstroke (1:06.06). Sophomore Maurice Abenchuchan (St. Augustine, Fla.) placed second in the 50 freestyle (25:23), the 100 freestyle (56:31) and the 100 breaststroke (1:13.65). Abenchuchan was trailed by junior Abdiel Davila-Cruz (Orlando, Fla.) and sophomore Myles Goldberg (Frederick, Md.) in the 100 breaststroke as they finished third (1:15.85) and fourth (1:19.45), respectively. Several disqualifications cost the men's team from earning key team points.
The GU swimming and diving teams will travel to Roanoke, Va., on Saturday, Nov. 2. The men will face Greensboro College and the women will compete in a double dual meet against Greensboro College and Hollins University at 1 p.m.