YORK, Pa. – The Gallaudet University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams traveled to York (Pa.) College for a non-conference double dual meet Friday night against the host Spartans and Penn St.-Altoona Lions. The women’s team split the meet as they edged by the Lions, 93-92, and lost to the Spartans, 112-83. The GU men’s team did not fair as well as they lost 169-34 to York and 145-51 to Penn St.-Altoona.
The Bison women had a strong showing in the 100-yard breaststroke as they swept the top three spots against York and placed second to Penn St.-Altoona as junior Alexandra Polivanchuk (Orebro, Sweden), senior Katie Giles (Gaithersburg, Md.) and freshman Paige-Cecily Ramos (New York, N.Y.) finished in second, third and fourth. Polivanchuk continued her strong performance as she added another second place finish in the 50-yard freestyle (27:31) and a first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke (1:06.67). Sophomore Paige Foreman (Albuquerque, N.M.) had an outstanding performance in the 1,000-yard freestyle as she shaved over a minute off of her goal time clocking in at 13:28.66.
Sophomore Brianna Stroud-Williams (Tucker, Ga.), senior Lisa van der Mark (Mijnsheerenland, The Netherlands), Ramos and senior Alyssa Gleason (Springfield, Va.) made up the 200-yard medley relay team that placed third. The 200-yard freestyle team was composed of Stroud-Williams, senior Christina Aboudi (Pleasanton, Calif.), sophomore Marla Rabenstein (Altoona, Pa.) and freshman Molly Verseput (Upland, Calif.) secured a second place finish giving the Bison enough points to take home the win.
Senior DJ Everton-Lovell (Norfolk, Va.) led the Bison men as he finished third in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:02.12. Everton-Lovell, sophomore Maurice Abenchuchan (St. Augustine, Fla.), freshman Ryan Klock (Puyallup, Wash.) and junior Abdiel Davila-Cruz (Orlando, Fla.) claimed points for the Bison as they finished fourth (1:44.03) in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Klock continued his dramatic drops in time in the 100-yard butterfly as he touched the wall in 1:07.30.
The Bison will compete against conference opponent Cazenovia College and the women's team will also compete against College of St. Elizabeth in their final NEAC regular-season meet of the season on Jan. 18 at 1 p.m.