WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University women's swimming and diving team and fourth-year head coach Larry Curran are looking to rebuild for the 2015-16 season with a good mix of returners, experienced swimmers and new faces.
The Bison are stressing "Excellence through commitment" as they are working hard to reach their goals in and out of the pool.
"My goal is to take everybody that comes out for the team and try to teach them as much as I can and help them progress as far forward in their goals as they can get," said Curran. "The things they learn besides swimming, the time management skills, that they are able to handle responsibilities and that they understand what a commitment is and what it means to be a part of a larger group that depends on them are really important."
NEAC Record: 0-4
NEAC Championship: 5th place
Anna Polivanchuk (Orebro, Sweden), Sr.
Polivanchuk is returning for her senior year, coming of a season ending injury early last season. During the 2013-14 season Polivanchuk was part of the 400-yard freestyle relay team that broke the school record (3:54.35), her time in the 100-yard freestyle leg (54.40) broke the school record set in 1987. She became the second Bison ever to compete at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) swimming and diving open championships as she placed 24th overall in the 50-yard freestyle, 31st in the 100-yard freestyle, and 23rd 100-yard backstroke where she set the school record with a time of 1:00.38.
Brianna Stroud-Williams (Tucker, Ga.), Sr.
Brianna returns for her fourth and final year with the Bison women's swim team and her second year as team captain.
Molly Verseput, Distance
Verseput swam with the Bison for two years in distance events, and was a top scorer for the women's swim team.
Thyra Wood, Sprints
Wood swam with the Bison for two years in sprint events and was a top scorer for the women's swim team.
Verseput and Wood were both members of the 400-yard freestyle relay team that broke the school record
Alyssa Hanbury (Orlando, Fla.) Fr.
Hanbury comes from Florida School for the Deaf and Blind and is proficient in all strokes.
Jana Kiefer (Leander, Texas) Fr.
Kiefer also comes from an experienced background of swimming, is very competitive and proficient in all strokes
"The women's team in particular has come together as a much stronger unit than prior teams. It's paying off for them seeing mutual support and being enthusiastic at practice. They are looking forward not only to the competition, but also to being part of the team." Larry Curran, Gallaudet University women's swimming and diving head coach.
- Season opener: at Frostburg St. (Sat., Oct. 17)
- Conference Opener: at Cazenovia (Fri., Oct. 30)
- Home opener: vs. Cedar Crest (Sat., Nov. 21)
- 2014 Conference Runner-up: vs. SUNY Cobleskill (Sat., Dec. 5)
- Senior Day: vs. Stevenson (Sat., Jan. 23)
- NEAC Tournament: @ Cazenovia, N.Y. (Feb 12-14)
BISON HOME MEETS
Nov. 21 vs. Cedar Crest, 2:30 p.m.
Dec. 5 vs. SUNY Cobleskill, Wells, 11 a.m.
Jan. 21 vs. Notre Dame (Md.), 6 p.m.
Jan. 23 vs. Stevenson, 1 p.m.