CAZENOVIA N.Y. - The Gallaudet University women's swimming and diving team is in fifth place after the first day of competition here Friday night at the 2017 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championships being hosted by Cazenovia College.
It was a landmark day for the Gallaudet swimming program as the Reaction Light System made its debut in a NCAA sanctioned championship meet. Reaction Light Systems are installed on all starting platforms and use colored light tubes to signal the start of each event. The lights turn flashing red followed by a steady red to signal swimmers to get ready, blue to take their mark, and green to go. The Reaction Light System allows deaf and hard of hearing swimmers to get a fair start off the blocks.
Gallaudet University, a proud member of the NEAC, is the the world's only university in which all programs and services are specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students.
Freshman Julia Miller-Notestone (Medford, Ore.) finished fourth overall in the 500-yard freestyle event with a time of five minutes, 53.32 seconds. She just missed the podium by less then a second.
GU's 200 freestyle relay team of freshman Jackie Perkins (Hampton, Va.), junior Katie Bigelow (Flushing, Mich.), freshman Jessica Monroe (Newnan, Ga.) and senior Paige-Cecily Ramos (New York, N.Y.) finished fifth with a time of 2:09.49.
- Monroe was ninth in the 500 freestyle final (6:41.14) followed by Bigelow in 10th (6:48.32)
- Ramos finished 11th in the 200 IM as she touched the wall in 3:00.83
- GU did not have a swimmer in the 50 freestyle
- Gallaudet finished eighth in the 400 medley relay with a time of 6:11.65 that team consisted of sophomore Alyssa Hanbury (Orlando, Fla.), junior Rochelle Carty-Bauman (Brampton, Ontario), Ramos, senior Naomi Schofield (Syracuse, N.Y.)
GALLAUDET PERSONAL RECORDS
|Event||Name||Old Time||New Time|
|100 butterfly||Paige-Cecily Ramos||1:33.50||1:27.30|
|200 IM||Paige-Cecily Ramos||3:03.32||3:00.83|
|500 freestyle||Jessica Monroe||7:19.15||6:41.14|
The Bison return to the Stephen M. Schneeweiss Athletic Complex tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 11) for Day 2 of the 2017 NEAC championships. Preliminaries will start at 10 a.m. and the finals will be held at 6 p.m. The events on display include the 200 medley relay, 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and the 800 relay.