Goucher Women Defeat Gallaudet 111-79
GALLAUDET SWIMMING DROPS FIRST SEVERAL MEETS, BUT NEW SWIMMERS SHINE: Sophomore Stars Show No Sign of Letting Up
Field House (November 6) -- Although the Gallaudet Aqua-Bison have lost their first three meets of the season to Mary Washington, Salisbury and Goucher, respectively, the swim team has already recorded many personal best times and confirmed the star power of two of their top swimmers.
On Saturday November 1, the Gallaudet Women lost to Mary Washington (87-34) and Salisbury (85-36) while the Gallaudet Men lost to the same two teams 95-26 and 91-30. Over one-half dozen Gally swimmers were competing in their first swim meet ever -- against two CAC league powerhouses to boot. Leading the way for Aqua-Bison were sophomore sensations Carlisle Robinson (Indiana) and Jimmy McGowan (Florida), who each won events in their first meets of the season after record-setting freshman campaigns. Robinson beat all swimmers in her 50 Butterfly win (28.93), which raised the pool's roof from the home team's faithful; she later followed up with a win in the 100 Fly against Mary Washington in an excellent early season time of 1:01.82. McGowan won the 100 Freestyle against Salisbury in 52.01.
On Wednesday November 5, the meet was much tighter versus Goucher but unfortunately the Gally swimmers couldn't eke out the victory as the women lost 111-79 and the men 125-79. Despite the team losses, Robinson won three individual events (200 IM, 500 Free and 100 Breast) and McGowan won two individual events (50 Free and 100 Back). Another highlight of this competition was the men's 1-2 finish in the 500 Free as Gallaudet junior Kris Lauderbaugh (5:47.02) edged freshman teammate Grady Gallagher (5:47.44). Other outstanding performances were turned in by senior captain Scott Cohen, who continues to improve every time he jumps into the pool and senior Cloe Canela, who has added IM and butterfly to her event repertoire this year in addition to the freestyle events.
"Over half of the twenty-five swimmers on our team are new this year," explained head coach Bill Snape. "But all of them have already scored points for us and that will lead to further improvement as the season goes on," he continued. "In addition, several of our relays have already just missed team records, another positive early season sign."
The Aqua-Bison's next meet is at York College on Saturday November 15, in a double dual meet that also includes Penn State-Altoona.