WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Gallaudet University men's swimming team has won consecutive North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championships but the team will pursue its third championship in as many years with a very different roster than its last two championship runs. The team graduated six seniors last year and head coach Bill Snape, the reigning NEAC Coach of the Year, stepped down from his position after the season. Larry Curran, who steps into the head coaching role position vacated by Snape, will lead the new-look Bison this season.
“This year is a renewal,” said Curran, who served as an assistant coach last season. “We have many new participants that we will have to rely on and we’re really developing a whole new team here.”
Replacing it’s heralded senior class, which included two-time NEAC Men’s Swimmer of the Year Brian Bennett (now serving as an assistant coach with the Bison) won’t be an easy task but Gallaudet does have several promising underclassmen who Curran is hoping can make an impact.
“We’ve got a couple of new swimmers who have strong swimming backgrounds. The key is getting them acclimated to the speed and intensity of our workouts,” said Curran.
With only three returning swimmers from last year’s squad, Curran says developing the swimmers’ techniques and preparing them for the conference championships is the goal this season.
“If the swimmers are determined to realize their potential this year through hard work and maintaining the right attitude, we can build on that throughout the season and into next season,” said Curran.
Two-time all-conference honoree Robb Ingram (Salem, Ala.) is the top returner for the Bison after he placed second in the 1-meter diving event at last year’s NEAC championships and was a member of Gallaudet’s first-place 800-yard freestyle. Senior Daniel Katz-Hernandez (Montgomery Village, Md.) is back for his final year and junior Ramanth Shenoy (Dale City, Va.) returns for the Bison.
Gallaudet opens it title defense at home against Frostburg State University on Oct. 20. The team heads to Roanoke, Va., the following weekend for a double dual meet against Greensboro and Hampden-Sydney during Gallaudet’s homecoming weekend. The Bison swimming team has the honor of recognizing two former Gallaudet swimming greats as Albert Walla ‘75 and Stephanie Danner ‘05 who will get inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday, Oct. 28.
On Nov. 17, the Bison travel to Towson, Md., for a double dual meet at Goucher College against the host Gophers and Arcadia. GU jumps into conference play on Dec. 1 when it travels to Cobleskill, N.Y., for a double dual meet against Wells and the host Fighting Tigers. The following week the Bison pay a visit to York, Pa., to face Penn St.-Altoona and York (Pa.) College on Dec. 7. The team’s only home meet of the New Year will be against conference foe Cazenovia College on Jan. 19. This year’s conference championships will take place from Feb. 15-17.
The swimming program is starting a new chapter under Coach Curran and will need to rely on its limited experience from last year’s championship team to help the Bison prepare for a third straight title run.
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