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William Bissell and Rachel Sweigart named March Bison of the Month

William Bissell and Rachel Sweigart named March Bison of the Month

WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University Athletics Department announced the two recipients of the Bison of the Month presented by Gallaudet Interpreting Services (GIS) for March. Junior baseball center fielder William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) and junior softball pitcher Rachel Sweigart (Big Rock, Ill.) were selected as the Bison student-athletes for the month.

Bissell played in 17 of the 18 games for the Bison in March. He accumulated a .410 batting average, 20 RBIs, four doubles, three triples, two home runs, 12 walks, four stolen bases and scored 16 runs. Bissell was selected to the Team of the Week, named ECAC Division III South Co-Player of the week and NEAC Baseball Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of March 25. Bissell had the game-winning hit against nationally ranked Rowan University on March 20 in a thrilling 11-10 win in 11 innings.

"Billy had a great month especially after starting the season off slow. He just needs to stay consistent for the remainder of the season,” said Gallaudet baseball coach Curtis Pride.

Sweigart pitched in nine games for the Bison as she posted a 5-4 record with seven complete games. She won her first four starts as the softball program started the season 8-0 before heading south to Florida for Spring Break. She had a season-high seven strikeouts in a 12-0 win over Trinity (D.C.) University on March 14. At the plate, Sweigart owned a .318 batting average in 17 games, with four doubles, one triple, 14 RBIs, six walks, one stolen base and 10 runs scored.

“Rachel is a work horse. She has passion for the game and a winning attitude,” said Gallaudet softball coach Joseph Kolcun. “She’s very determined in both pitching and hitting. There has been a huge change in her confidence from last year to this year.”

These are the seventh Bison of the Month awards for the 2012-2013 athletic seasons. Each month the Gallaudet University Athletics Department will recognize two standout student-athletes from their respective sports. Previous winners include men’s basketball center Danny Kelly (Strongsville, Ohio) and women’s basketball guard Claire Tucker (Middletown, Md.) for February; men’s basketball forward Layton Seeber (Champaign, Ill.) and women’s basketball forward Lindsay Stergio (Montville, Conn.) for January; women’s basketball forward Elena Ciccarelli (Whitesboro, N.Y.) and women’s swimmer Alexandra Polivanchuk (Orebro, Sweden) for December; football running back Nick Elstad (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and women’s volleyball opposite hitter Lane Peters (Phoenix, Ariz.) for November; women’s soccer goalkeeper Kara Gulvas (Crown Point, Ind.) and men’s cross country runner Alex Close (Tallahassee, Fla.) for the month of October; and football senior defensive back Tony Tatum (Gardendale, Ala.) and volleyball senior outside hitter Ann Whited (Fishers, Ind.) for the month of September.

About GIS
GIS, a unit of the division of Administration and Finance at Gallaudet University was established to provide quality-sign language interpreting service to Gallaudet University and its constituencies. Last year, over 75,000 hours of interpreting services were provided to Gallaudet University and clients in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia areas. The passage of the 1992 Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) made equal access for all persons with disabilities the law. This law requires that "reasonable accommodation" be made to allow individuals with disabilities to participate and receive the same services and benefits available to those without disabilities. Gallaudet Interpreting Service (GIS) can assist you with meeting the requirements of the ADA by providing quality, reliable interpreting service for your events. For more information or to contact GIS please visit its website at

2012-13 Gallaudet Bison of the Month